Results, Ridings & Candidates

Victoria-Swan Lake

2009 Results

Party Candidate Votes Status
Updated: May. 13, 2009 1:16 AM PDT 154/155 polls
NDP Rob Fleming 12,389 Elected
LIB Jesse McClinton 5,456
GRN David Wright 2,459
BCR Robert (Bob) Savage 163

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





7,821 votes | 44.47%

9,767 votes | 55.53%

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

134/155 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 includes most of the northern part of the city of Victoria, inlcuding the area north of Bay Street, as well as the southern section of Saanich including the area south of McKenzie Avenue/Highway 17/Highway 1.
  • It's an urban/suburban area, with working class neighbourhoods and includes some students living near the University of Victoria.


  • Riding created in 1989 redistribution from part of Victoria riding and part of Oak Bay-Gordon Head.
  • Only minor change in 2000 redistribution.
  • In 2008 redistribution, Victoria-Hillside became Victoria-Swan Lake - kept 81% of riding; added 13% Saanich South; 3% Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

Political History

  • Victoria-Hillside/Victoria-Swan Lake: In 1991, New Democrat Robin Blencoe, the incumbent from Victoria, defeated Liberal Elmer Wiens by 3,884 votes; served as Minister of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Housing; Minister of Government Services, Minister responsible for Sports and Commonwealth Games.
  • In 1996, New Democrat Steve Orcherton defeated Liberal Sheila Orr by 4,723 votes.
  • In 2001, Orr defeated Orcherton by 82 votes.
  • In 2005, New Democrat Rob Fleming defeated Orr by 6,884 votes.