Results, Ridings & Candidates


2009 Results

Party Candidate Votes Status
Updated: May. 13, 2009 1:16 AM PDT 148/148 polls
LIB Ron Cantelon 13,265 Elected
NDP Leanne Salter 9,803
GRN Wayne Osborne 2,465
BCR Bruce Ryder 238

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





9,420 votes | 37.38%

15,783 votes | 62.62%

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

147/148 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.


  • This island riding, on the Strait of Georgia, includes the northern part of Parksville north of Island Highway, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay, Lantzville, Dolphin Beach, French Creek as well as Lasqueti, Bull, False Bay, and Jedehiah Islands.
  • It also includes the western part of Nanaimo, west of Brickyard Road/Hammond Bay Road/Rutherford Road/Mostar Road.
  • Nanoose First Nation is also in the riding.
  • Highway 19A/Inland Island Highway/Highway 19 run from west to east across riding - Highway 19/Inland Island Highway form boundary in the west; Highway 19A runs through the southern part of the riding in the east.
  • In 2006 census, population over age 65 was 28.6% – highest in the province.


  • The riding of Parksville-Qualicum was created in the 1989 redistribution.
  • Nanaimo-Parksville created in 2000 redistribution from major part of Parksville-Qualicum and small area from Nanaimo.
  • Parksville-Qualicum riding re-created in 2008 redistribution from: 62% Nanaimo-Parksville and 20% Alberni-Qualicum.

Political History

  • Parksville-Qualicum: In 1991, New Democrat Leonard Krog defeated Liberal Bill Patrick by 1,282 votes.
  • In 1996, Liberal Paul Reitsma defeated Krog by 483 votes. Reitsma was expelled from the Liberal caucus after writing a letter, which praised his integrity, to a newspaper using a fictitious name. He didn't resign his seat until it became obvious that a recall campaign was about to succeed.
  • In December 1998 by-election, Liberal Judith Reid defeated New Democrat Leonard Krog by 7,884 votes.
  • Nanaimo-Parksville: In 2001, Liberal Judith Reid defeated New Democrat Jamie Brennan by 11,504 votes.
  • In 2005, Liberal Ron Cantelton defeated New Democrat Carol McNamee by 4,110 votes. Appointed Minister of Agriculture and Lands in 2009.