Results, Ridings & Candidates

Abbotsford West

2009 Results

Party Candidate Votes Status
Updated: May. 13, 2009 1:16 AM PDT 129/129 polls
LIB Michael G. de Jong 9,563 Elected
NDP Taranjit Purewal 5,133
CON Dalbir Benipal 1,033
GRN Karen Marie Durant 963

All results are unofficial until final ballot counts are verified by Elections B.C.

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STV referendum results in this riding

Question: Which electoral system should British Columbia use to elect members to the provinical Legislative Assembly?

  • The existing system (First-Past-the-Post)
  • The single transferable vote electorial system (BC-STV) proposed by the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform





3,501 votes | 23.35%

11,490 votes | 76.65%

Updated: May. 13, 2009 1:16 AM PDT

114/114 polls reporting

What it needs to win:

For the referendum to be binding, the approval level must be:

  1. at least 60% of the total popular vote, province-wide, AND
  2. more than 50% of the votes in at least 51 of the province's 85 electoral districts.

If the two thresholds are met, government is required to introduce legislation to implement BC-STV in sufficient time for it to be in place for the May 2013 General Election.


  • Lower Mainland riding which contains that part of Abbotsford west of Gladwin Road/Clayburn Road/Abbotsford-Mission Highway and north of South Fraser Way/Old Yale Road/Fishtrap Creek Park/Trans-Canada Highway.
  • It includes Bradner, Clearbrook and Mount Lehman as well as part of Mission. It also includes Matsqui Island, Matsqui Main IR2 and Three Islands IR3.
  • In 2006 census, immigration population was 36%; 30% had Punjab as mother tongue (3rd highest in BC). Visible minority population was 41% to 33.5% South Asian. Manufacturing (14%) is main industry.


  • Abbotsford-Mount Lehman was created in 2000, redistribution from most of Matsqui riding.
  • In 2008 redistribution, riding became Abbotsford West; 66% of Abbotsford-Mount Lehman remained in riding; 21% of Abbotsford-Clayburn was added.

Political History

  • Matsqui: Social Credit Party Peter Dueck won here in 1991; resigned in November 1993; Liberal Michael de Jong defeated Social Credit Party Grace McCarthy in February 1994 byelection by 42 votes; In 1996, de Jong defeated New Democrat Deb Charrois by 5,554 votes.
  • Abbotsford-Mount Lehman (2000: 100% Matsqui): In 2001, de Jong defeated New Democrat Taranjit Purewal by 10,229 votes; was appointed Minister of Forests on June 5, 2001.
  • In 2005, de Jong defeated Purewal by 5,193 votes; was appointed Minister of Labour and Citizens' Services on June 16, 2005; also became government House Leader since then; was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation on Aug. 15, 2006.