Voter turnout in Skeena - Bulkley Valley was greater than it was in 2011.

Northwestern B.C. voter turnout surges

Just over 68 per cent turnout in the Skeena - Bulkley Valley riding

  • Oct. 20, 2015 12:00 p.m.

SKEENA – Bulkley Valley voters matched those across the country last night by turning out in greater numbers than in 2011.

With just two of 219 polls not yet reporting in, 43,564 people voted in the riding last night and at advance polls for a 68.65 per cent turnout, a figure equating the national average.

That’s more than the 35,237 people who voted in 2011 for turnout of 58.86 per cent.

Elections Canada reports there were 63,459 people registered to vote this time, not counting those who registered at the polls yesterday.

Of total votes, NDP incumbent Nathan Cullen’s 22,303 gave him a clear majority of 51.2 per cent, down slightly from his 2011 tally of 55.33 per cent

Conservative Tyler Nesbitt received 10,758 votes or 24.7 per cent of voter turnout, less than the 34.5 per cent collected by the Conservative candidate in 2011.

Liberal Brad Layton received 8,158 votes or 18.7 per cent of the popular vote which was substantially more than the 3.61 per cent received by the Liberal candidate in 2011.

Green candidate Jeannie Parnell received 1,575 votes which was 3.6 per cent of the vote, slightly more than the 3.14 per cent received in 2011.

Christian Heritage Party candidate Don Spratt collected 770 votes or 1.8 per cent, down from the 2.96 per cent received in 2011.

This is Cullen’s fifth election win in Skeena – Bulkley Valley with his first being in 2004 when he received 37.14 per cent of the vote.

He now surpasses Jim Fulton in northwestern federal election victories. Fulton was first elected in 1979 and three times after that before retiring just before the 1993 federal election.

Frank Howard, first with the CCF and then with the NDP, was elected seven times in the northwest federally beginning in 1957 before being defeated in the 1974 federal election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Climate change, economy and reconciliation take centre stage at Oct. 15 All-Candidates Forum

Six of the eight candidates were in attendance at the Smithers event

RDKS issues planned Boil Water Notice for Thornhill area

Due to roundabout construction, residents and businesses are advised to boil water before consuming

Skeena Voices | A legend off the ice

Joe Pelletier’s love for hockey led him to become a sports writer

Historic downtown tree turned into a work of art

Local artist carves a logger into wooden stump

Police still looking for more info on missing mushroom picker in Nass Valley

65-year-old Greg Agnew was reported missing on Sept. 30

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Talk to your kids about vaping, B.C.’s top doctor says

B.C. health officials have discovered the first vaping-related illness in the province

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations court battle against RioTinto Alcan to start next week

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations are taking Rio Tinto Alcan to court over their functioning of the Kenney Dam that affects the Nechako River

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

British family deported after ‘accidental’ U.S. border crossing

U.S. officials deny it was mistake, release video of vehicle crossing into Washington from Langley

Kamloops man hangs on to back of stolen truck as suspect speeds away, crashes

The pickup truck was seen leaving the roadway before bursting into flames

‘Sky didn’t fall:’ Police, lawyers still adjusting after pot legalization

Statistics Canada says 541 people were charged under the federal Cannabis Act between Oct. 17, 2018 and the end of the year

Fewer people prescribed opioids in B.C., but other provinces lack data: doctors

Patients who began taking opioids were prescribed smaller doses for shorter duration

Most Read