Results, Ridings & Candidates


2009 Results

Party Candidate Votes Status
Updated: May. 13, 2009 1:16 AM PDT 118/118 polls
LIB John Slater 6,439 Elected
NDP Lakhvinder Jhaj 5,626
CON Joe Cardoso 3,456
GRN Bob Grieve 1,612

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





3,777 votes | 37.08%

6,408 votes | 62.92%

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

81/118 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.


  • New Southern Interior riding which runs north from B.C./U.S. border.
  • It includes parts of Okanagan-Similkameen and Kootenay Boundary Regional Districts.
  • Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremos, Greenwood, Grand Forks and Midway are all in the southern part of riding.
  • There are also many native reserves in the riding including Osoyoos IR1, Range IR13, Ashnola IR10 and Keremeos Forks IR 12 and 12A. Aboriginal population was 4.4% in 2006 census.
  • Population over age 65 was 25.4%, which is second highest in the province.
  • Riding has extensive agricultural and manufacturing base.


Riding created in 2008 redistribution from: 37% Penticton-Okanagan Valley; 28% West Kootenay-Boundary; 13% Yale-Lillooet.

Political History

  • Penticton-Okanagan Valley: In 2001, Liberal Bill Barisoff (who won in Okanagan-Boundary in 1996) defeated Naga Terada by by 11,722; was appointed Minister of Provincial Revenue on June 5, 2001; was appointed Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection between January 2004 to June 2005.
  • In 2005, Barisoff defeated New Democrat Garry Litke by 3,453 votes.