Results, Ridings & Candidates

Kamloops-South Thompson

2009 Results

Party Candidate Votes Status
Updated: May. 13, 2009 1:16 AM PDT 148/149 polls
LIB Kevin Krueger 11,843 Elected
NDP Tom Friedman 7,617
GRN Bev Markle 1,406
CON Maria Dobi 1,026

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





6,644 votes | 31.43%

14,493 votes | 68.57%

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

147/149 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 in southern B.C. contains most of Kamloops as well as Chase and Shuswap in NE part of riding and Savona in far western corner.
  • City of Kamloops is main trading, financial and administration centre for south-central interior.
  • It is fed by Highway 97 in the south and Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) which runs through the riding (east to west) and forms part of northern boundary.
  • Several native reserves including Hustalen IR1, Neskonlith IRs 1 and 2, Quaaout IR1 and Sahhaltkum IR4 are in the riding.
  • Aboriginal population was 6% in 2006 census.


  • Riding created in 2008 redistribution from: 52% Kamloops, 47% Kamloops North-Thompson; 1% Shuswap; 1% Cariboo South.

Political History

  • Kamloops: Social Credit Party Rafe Mair won in 1975 and 1979; appointed Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Minister of Environment and Minister of Health; later resigned.
  • Social Credit Party Claude Richmond won the May 81 byelection and was re-elected in 1983 and 1986; served as Minister of Tourism, Minister responsible for EXPO, Minister of Social Services as well as Minister of Forests.
  • In 1991, New Democrat Art Charbonneau defeated Liberal Kimball Kastelen by 2,893 votes.
  • In 1996, New Democrat Cathy McGregor defeated Liberal Gur Singh by 862 votes; served as Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Advanced Education, Training and Technology, as well as Minister responsible for Youth.
  • In 2001, now Liberal Claude Richmond defeated New Democrat McGregor by 7,666 votes.
  • In 2005, Richmond defeated New Democrat Doug Brown by 1,375 votes; was appointed Minister of Employment and Income Assistance from June 16, 2005 to June 23, 2008; announced in May 2008 he wouldn't be running again.