Your Vote 2017


CHEK’s Comprehensive Coverage of Your Vote 2017 

CHEK News will have comprehensive coverage of the 41st British Columbia election campaign both on our newscasts and online.

Two of the three party leaders — the NDP’s John Horgan and Green party leader Andrew Weaver — are from Vancouver Island and the Island is where the Greens have the best change of winning more seats. But will the Greens be able to back a pivotal breakthrough?

Are voters ready for change? Can the B.C. NDP convince voters it’s time for change?

Is the economy what matters most?

Is your life better now than it was four years ago?

These are just some of the questions we’ll be answering as we cover this contentious campaign and the battle for B.C. votes in Your Vote 2017.


Where to Vote — Advance Polls & Election Day

Election day is May 9th  and advance polls are being held April 29th to 30th and May 3rd to 6th from 8 am to 8 pm. 

Click here and enter your address to show the nearest polling locations 

Be sure to take photo ID and your voter card, if you have one. 

Election Platform Links


Vancouver Island Riding Profiles 
Candidates are listed in alphabetical order (as they’ll appear on the ballot) for each riding and incumbents are noted, where applicable.


Former B.C. NDP leader Carole James is running for re-election in this historically NDP riding. The riding boundary was changed  since 2013 to include Vic West, which was previously part of Esquimalt-Royal Roads. The B.C. Liberals received only 17 per cent of the vote in 2013 — their worst showing in the province.



This riding includes Fernwood, Quadra Village and the Gorge and stretches as far north as McKenzie Avenue. Veteran Victoria politician Rob Fleming is seeking a fourth term in Victoria-Swan Lake, which is historically an NDP stronghold. Only one non-NDP MLA has been elected in this riding in the last 40 years.


OAK BAY-GORDON HEAD (riding map)

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver is seeking re-election in this riding, which has elected MLAs from more political parties in the modern political era than any other place in the province. The riding made history in the last election as the first B.C. Green Party seat. The riding was previously Liberal, held by cabinet minister Ida Chong, but it’s also been an NDP riding — most notably held by former NDP finance minister Elizabeth Cull. 

SAANICH SOUTH (riding map)
Saanich South is a suburban riding just north of Victoria that also includes rural properties and some farmland. Currently an NDP riding, it was a very tight race between the NDP and Liberals in the 2009 and 2005 elections. Historically, the Saanich riding was a stronghold for the Social Credit Party for decades before being divided into two ridings before the 1991 election. It’s gone to the NDP five of the last six elections (the Liberals won in 2001).



This riding at the north end of the Saanich Peninsula encompasses the municipalities of Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney as well as several Gulf Islands. It was a Liberal stronghold for 22 years until the NDP’s Gary Holman narrowly took the riding in 2013 in the closest three-way election race in modern B.C. history. Only 379 votes separated the NDP, Liberals and Greens last election and the same three candidates are running again in 2017 so it promises to be a contentious contest and a race to watch.



The newly-named Esquimalt-Metchosin riding (formerly Esquimalt-Royal Roads) is one of the potential wildcards in the 2017 election. The district boundaries have changed to include Metchosin and Beecher Bay to the east while Vic West is no longer part of the riding. Popular NDP MLA Maurine Karagianis is retiring so there’s no incumbent and the Liberals are running a high-profile candidate — Esquimalt mayor Barb Desjardins. The Greens, who received more than 20 per cent of the vote last time — the fourth-highest support in the province — are also pushing for a breakthrough.



NDP leader John Horgan is seeking re-election in this riding, which used to be called Juan de Fuca. The riding no longer includes Metchosin and the Malahat. Langford has become the fastest-growing municipality in the province over the last decade and the increased population has resulted in a shrinking of the boundaries.  Horgan, who dominated in the last two elections, is seeking a fourth term in office.


COWICHAN VALLEY (riding map)

There’s a four-way race in this urban and rural riding, which is notable in the aftermath of the Shawnigan contaminated soil issue. Sonia Furstenau, one of the most outspoken critics who fought to have the soil dumping stopped, is running for the Green Party. It’s traditionally a New Democrat riding but Bill Routely, who was elected in 2013, is not seeking re-election and there was heated controversy over the NDP nomination. The party required a woman to be nominated so Ian Morrison, who’d hoped to run for the NDP, is seeking election as an Independent. The Liberals, who last won the riding in 2001, are also campaigning hard, and given that the boundaries of the district have changed and now stretch farther south, it should be an interesting race.



A three-term B.C. NDP MLA is facing off against a four-term Alberta MLA in this riding. But despite her tenure in the Alberta legislature before retiring to the Island, Liberal candidate Alana Delong is considered the underdog. The NDP’s Doug Routely is seeking a fourth term in a riding that usually votes NDP. But the wildcard here — as is the case on much of Vancouver Island — is the Green Party


NANAIMO (riding map)

Nanaimo has traditionally been an NDP stronghold with New Democrats taking 12 of the last 14 provincial elections. But the Harbour City has seen a lot of growth and transformation in recent years. Nanaimo’s no longer a mill town and as the city moves farther away from its resource-based roots, the Liberals are hoping to make a breakthrough and unseat the NDP’s Leonard Krog, who is seeking a fourth term.



Liberal cabinet minister and Paralympic medalist Michelle Stilwell is the only Liberal incumbent on Vancouver Island seeking re-election. It’s considered a safe Liberal seat given Stilwell’s high profile and the large number of seniors living in this retirement Mecca. The median age in Parksville-Qualicum is 56.4 according to the 2011 Census, the highest in the province.



This riding was previously known as Alberni-Pacific Rim but the boundary has changed to stretch farther north and now includes Cumberland, Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay and Denman and Hornby Islands. The riding now has about 9,000 more residents after being the Vancouver Island riding with the smallest population in 2009. Six candidates are vying for this traditionally NDP seat, including New Democrat Scott Fraser who is hoping for a fourth term as the region’s MLA.


COURTENAY-COMOX (riding map)

This boundaries for this riding, which was previously named Comox Valley, have changed due to the growing population of Courtenay and Comox. The riding no longer includes Cumberland and Oyster River, which are now part of Mid Island-Pacific Rim. This is also one of only three ridings on Vancouver Island without an incumbent as Liberal cabinet minister Don McRae isn’t seeking re-election. Military veteran and former CFB Comox base commander Jim Benninger is hoping to keep the riding for the Liberals. He’s facing off against former three-term Courtenay councillor Ronna-Rae Leonard who is running for the NDP and the Green Party’s Ernie Sellentin. The Comox Valley riding has only elected Liberals since 2001 but the NDP won six of the seven elections between 1972 and 2001


NORTH ISLAND (riding map)

The northernmost riding on Vancouver Island has traditionally gone to the NDP. It’s currently held by NDP ferry critic Claire Trevena, who is seeking a fourth term. However, the B.C. Liberals have come within 3,000 votes of winning the riding since 2005 and thy’re making a concerted effort to be victorious this time with Dallas Smith, former president of the Nanwakolas Council and one of three Indigenous leaders running for the party.


CHEK News Election Coverage

May 9 WATCH: Five things you need to know if you haven’t voted yet

May 5 WATCH: Your Vote 2017: One-on-one with University of Victoria political scientist, Michael Prince

May 5 WATCH: Meet the lesser known party candidates vying for your vote this election

May 5 WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau considering Premier Christy Clark’s proposal to tax U.S. thermal coal exports

May 4 WATCH: Your Vote 2017: One-on-one with BC Liberal Party leader Christy Clark

May 4 WATCH: Vancouver Island Riding Profile: Esquimalt-Metchosin

May 4 WATCH: New poll suggests provincial election too close to call

May 3 WATCH: Your Vote 2017: One-one-one with BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver

May 3 WATCH:  Experts say social media could play large role in election outcome

May 2 WATCH: Courtenay-Comox candidates counting down to election day

April 30 WATCH: Thousands cast their ballot in advance voting

April 29 WATCH: John Horgan promises new Cowichan hospital if NDP elected

April 28 WATCH: Your Vote 2017: One-on-one with NDP leader John Horgan

April 27 WATCH: Your Vote 2017: One-on-one with former BC Premier Mike Harcourt

April 27 WATCH: B.C. political leaders battle for votes in only televised election debate

April 26 WATCH: Televised leaders debate considered ‘most important event’ in B.C. election campaign

April 26 WATCH: Nail-biter election race in Saanich North and the Islands

April 25 WATCH: Softwood lumber tariffs will impact Vancouver Island’s forestry sector

April 25 WATCH: New softwood lumber tariffs spark strong reactions in BC

April 24 WATCH: BC Political leaders hammer each other over corporate and union donations

April 21 WATCH: Was Horgan ‘don’t touch me’ comment an overreaction?

April 20 WATCH: BC party leaders spar in first debate

April 19 WATCH: BC Liberals claim costly NDP campaign promises will mean higher taxes for everyone, not just the wealthy.  Tess van Straaten reports.

April 19 CHEK Point Poll: Do you believe the promises politicians make during an election campaign?

April 18 UPDATE: All three BC Liberal candidates not at Nanaimo forum

April 18 CHEK Point: In this election will you vote for a different party than you did in the last election?

April 17 WATCH: Liberals call on Horgan to fire Courtenay-Comox NDP candidate

April 17 WATCH: One of B.C.’s tightest election races is expected to take place in the Cowichan Valley. Isabelle Raghem explains.

April 17 WATCH: NDP promises family doctor for every B.C. resident and Green Party promises fundraising reform. Mary Griffin reports.

April 13 WATCH: More than $700 million in new spending in BC NDP platform. Tess van Straaten reports.

April 13 WATCH: Green Party candidate blunder first controversy of provincial election campaign. Mary Griffin reports.

April 12 WATCH: Party leaders spent day two of the campaign on the Lower Mainland outlining election promises. Mary Griffin reports.


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