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DISTRICT: Okanagan-Coquihalla
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Stockwell DayCON2527850.24% X
David PerryLIB1157523.01%
John HarropNDP966019.2%
Karan BowyerGRN38027.56%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 232 of 232 polls reporting

Ridings

288 Okanagan-Coquihalla

2006 Candidates:
CON:Stockwell Day (Incumbent)
GRN:Karan Bowyer
LIB:David Perry
NDP:John Harrop


RIDING PROFILE

 Riding Map
This southern Okanagan riding contains the cities of Penticton and Merritt, the district municipalities of Summerland, Logan Lake and Peachland, and many First Nations reserves.

The 2001 census counted 101,831 residents. Fifteen per cent are immigrants, and more than 20 per cent are older than 65 – the second highest proportion in Canada.

The service sector is the major industry here. Agriculture centres on fruit trees, vineyards and cattle. Average family income was $55,985 in 2001, and unemployment was 9.8 per cent.

This riding was created in 1996 by combining the bulk of Okanagan-Similkameen-Merritt with smaller portions of Okanagan Centre and Fraser Valley East. In the 2004 redistribution, the riding lost 18 per cent of its previous population but added residents from Kamloops-Thompson and Highland Valleys, and Kelowna.

Population: 101,831

Political History
Former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day held on to this seat for the Conservatives in 2004, defeating Liberal Vanessa Sutton by 13,008 votes.

The Reform's Jim Hart won easily in 1993 and 1997, but he resigned in 2000 to create a vacancy for Day. Day easily won the subsequent byelection (versus New Democrat Ken Ellis) and even more easily won the general election, beating Liberal Tom Chapman by nearly 19,000 votes. Day served as leader until March 2002. In 2004, Hart challenged Day for the Conservative nomination in this riding and lost.

Before Hart, this riding was held by Tory Fred King (1979-88) and the NDP's Jack Whittaker (1988-93).

Okanagan-Coquihalla:
1997 - REF
2000 byelection, 2000 - CA
2004 - CON




CANDIDATE PROFILES

Stockwell Day

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birth date: Aug. 16, 1950
Age: 54
Birthplace: Barrie, Ont.

Education: Attended the University of Victoria, has auctioneer's training and business in B.C. and Alberta, as well as counselling and ministerial training in Alberta
Profession: Businessman

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Valorie
Children: Logan, Luke and Ben

Career background: He lived in the Northwest Territories, where he worked for an oil and gas company. He lived in B.C., where he served as a deck hand on a Pacific trawler and also worked for the B.C. government. He has also been in the auction business as an owner, spent time working in the forest industry and was a contractor.

Community activities: He worked with a community agency helping young offenders, street kids and the homeless and as an assistant pastor and administrator for Bentley Christian School in Bentley, Alta. He is a former member of the Red Deer Rotary Club and the Red Deer Branch of Royal Canadian Legion.

Electoral History
Provincial: Elected in Red Deer-North in 1986, 1989, 1993, and 1997
Federal: Was the first leader of the Canadian Alliance Party and served as Leader of the Opposition in Parliament after winning a byelection in Okanagan-Coquitlam in September 2000. Was re-elected in the 2000 and 2004 general elections. In 2002 he was succeeded by Stephen Harper as party leader.

Political History
Shadow Cabinet: Conservative Party Foreign Affairs critic
Committee: Standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Riding Address:
103 - 95 Eckhardt Avenue East
Penticton, BC
(250) 493-6144
stockwellday@shaw.ca
www.stockwellday.com





Karan Bowyer

Party: Green Party of Canada

Education: Graduated from the UBC Sciences program with a major in Zoology and went on to graduate from Sheridan College with a diploma in illustration.
Profession: Production Manager

Children: Three

Career Background: Works in Westbank for an Environmental Health and Safety e-learning company. Most of her work has involved education and training.

Riding Contacts:
(250) 492-9601
kbowyer@greenparty.ca
ridings.greenparty.ca/article289.html
www.ocgreens.ca





David Perry

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Education: Undergraduate degree in Urban Geography, graduate degree in law-related Education
Profession: Teacher

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: JoAnn
Children: Nicole, Roxanne and Lindsay

Career Background: 28 years of teaching experience

Electoral History
Municipal: First elected to Penticton City Council in 1990. Served as a councilor for 12 years until his election as mayor in 2002

Riding Contacts:
(250) 809-2901
dperry@summer.com
www.votedavidperry.com
www.liberal.ca





John Harrop

Party: New Democratic Party

Birth Date: 1940
Birthplace: Vancouver

Education: BA (University of Calgary); MA (Simon Fraser University)
Profession: Retired college professor

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Angela
Children: Daughter

Career Background: Professor at Okanagan University College 1974-1995

Community Activities: Has worked on a variety of environmental projects, including a major study of habitat restoration options for sockeye in the Okanagan River. Active in competitive sailing

Electoral History
Provincial: A candidate for the NDP in the 1986 provincial election

Political History
Party: Served as NDP constituency president, delegate to the provincial council and member of the Executive of the British Columbia NDP

Riding Address:
(250) 493-4341
johnharrop@ndp.ca
www.ndp.ca/johnharrop/welcome


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ELECTION RESULTSDetails>
1241035129
Total Elected and Leading
CON124036.27%
LIB103030.23%
BQ51010.48%
NDP29017.48%
IND10.52%
OTH005.02%

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