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Surrey-Whalley

2009 Results

SURREY-WHALLEY
Party Candidate Votes Status
Updated: May. 13, 2009 1:16 AM PDT 119/119 polls
NDP Bruce Ralston 9,978 Elected
LIB Radhia Benalia 3,884
GRN Bernadette Keenan 1,120

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

BC-STV

First-Past-the-Post

MAJORITY 50%

 
 
 

5,309 votes | 36.82%

9,109 votes | 63.18%

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

117/119 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.

Profile

  • Riding takes in NW corner of Surrey.
  • Fraser River forms its northern and western borders. Southern boundary is 96th Avenue; the boundary in the east is 140th Street/100th Avenue/148th Street/108th Avenue/Bon Accord Creek.
  • In the 2006 census, the immigrant population was 38%; visible minority population was 45%, 20% of which was South Asian.

Redistribution

  • Riding created in 1989 redistribution from part of Surrey-Guildford-Whalley.
  • In 2000 redistribution, kept most of riding; added small area from Surrey-Green Timbers.
  • In 2008 redistribution, kept 78% of riding; added 23% Surrey-Green Timbers.

Political History

  • Surrey-Whalley: New Democrat Joan Smallwood, the incumbent from Surrey-Guildford-Whalley, won here in 1991 and 1996; served as Minister of Social Services; Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services; Minister of Labour; Minister of Women's Equality; Minister of Labour.
  • In 2001, Liberal Elzyne Brenzinger defeated Smallwood by 2,157 votes; suspended from caucus for two weeks for physically attacking an aide in December 2003; on March 8, 2004 she quit the Liberal caucus accusing Premier Campbell of ruining the province, destroying communities and showing a complete and utter disregard for the opinions of caucus members.
  • In 2005, New Democrat Bruce Ralston defeated Liberal Barbara Steele by 3,954 votes.