Results, Ridings & Candidates


2009 Results

Party Candidate Votes Status
Updated: May. 13, 2009 1:16 AM PDT 89/93 polls
NDP Harry Lali 6,275 Elected
LIB Ella Brown 5,494
GRN Desiree Maher-Schley 834
BCR Dian Joan Brooks 214

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





3,146 votes | 28.72%

7,809 votes | 71.28%

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

79/93 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.


  • Riding is in southern BC with U.S. border as southern boundary.
  • It includes communities of Ashcroft, Lillooet, Logan Lake, Lytton, Merritt, Clinton and Princeton.
  • Nicola Valley manufactures forest products together with widespread ranching; forestry, manufacturing, mining and agriculture are major industries.
  • Over 80 native reserves in the riding; aboriginal population was 23% in 2006 census; 3rd highest in B.C..


  • In 2008 redistribution, riding was created from 65% Yale-Lillooet; 17% Cariboo South; 2% Kamloops.

Political History

  • Yale-Lillooet: Social Credit Tom Waterland won in 1975, 1979 and 1983.
  • In 1986, Social Credit James Rabbitt defeated New Democrat Howard McDiarmid by 529 votes; served as Minister of Labour and Consumer Services.
  • In 1991, New Democrat Harry Lali defeated Rabbitt by 683 votes.
  • In 1996, Lali defeated now Liberal Rabbitt by 1,168 votes; served as Minister of Transportation and Highways between February 18, 1998 and February 8, 2001; quit cabinet on February 8, 2001 saying too many decisions were being made in Premier's office without input from cabinet or caucus.
  • In 2001, Liberal David Chutter defeated New Democrat Victor York by 7,028 votes.
  • In 2005, Lali ran again and defeated Liberal Lloyd Forman by 1,483 votes.