Results, Ridings & Candidates

Kootenay East

2009 Results

Party Candidate Votes Status
Updated: May. 13, 2009 1:16 AM PDT 112/112 polls
LIB Bill Bennett 7,996 Elected
NDP Troy Sebastian 5,518
CON Wilf Hanni 1,567
GRN Jennifer Tsuida 506

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





4,585 votes | 30.39%

10,504 votes | 69.61%

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

112/112 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 located in the SE corner of B.C., on the border with Alberta in the east and the U.S. border in the south.
  • Cranbrook, in the western part of riding, is a major transportation and administration centre for the East Kootenay region; other major communities in riding include Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie; Cassimayooks (Mayook) IR5, Bummers Flat IR6, Tobacco Plains IR2 and St. Mary's IRs 1 and 1A are also here.
  • Aboriginal population in the 2006 census was 6.5%.


  • In 2000 redistribution, only change was in name which changed from Kootenay to East Kootenay.
  • In 2008, riding became Kootenay East; kept all of East Kootenay; added 1% Columbia River-Revelstoke.

Political History

  • Kootenay/East Kootenay/Kootenay East: Social Credit Terry Segarty won in 1979 and 1983.
  • New Democrat Anne Edwards defeated Segarty in 1986 and 1991; served as Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
  • In 1996, New Democrat Erda Walsh defeated Liberal Ron Tarr by 511 votes.
  • In 2001, Liberal Bill Bennett defeated Walsh by 6,568 votes.
  • In 2006, Bennett again defeated Walsh, this time by 721 votes; from June 16, 2005 to -February 6, 2007 served as Minister of State for Mining; on February 6, 2007, resigned from Cabinet after sending a profanity-filled e-mail to a constituent; on June 23, 2008 appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.