2015 Federal Election Riding Profiles: Vancouver South


Vancouver South Composite

by Ray Hudson

Election 2015 logoVancouver South riding is bound by Cambie Street to the west and Boundary Road in the east. The north boundary is 41st Avenue, and the south boundary is the North Arm of the Fraser River. The riding was changed slightly in the 2012 redistribution, removing a section from Granville Street to Cambie Street and 41st Ave to the Fraser River.

According to Elections Canada, the riding population is 100,966. The riding has been identified as having the largest immigrant population in BC, estimated at 75%. According to Wikipedia, about one-third of the residents are from China or are the children or grandchildren of parents born in China, according to the 2006 census. About 15 per cent are from Pakistan or India. The city’s colourful Punjabi market and the close-knit community of religious Sikhs dominate the area.[2] The service sector, retail trade and manufacturing are the major sources of employment in Vancouver South. Nearly 30% of residents over the age of 25 years old have obtained a university certificate or degree. The average family income is over $71,000. Unemployment is around 6.3%

From 1917 to 1997 the riding was Vancouver South, when it was morphed into Vancouver South-Burnaby   From 1997 to 2004 (two elections) the riding was held by Herb Dhaliwal for the Liberals. In 2004, it again became Vancouver South and was held by former BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh, for the Liberals, through three elections. In 2011, the riding was won by Wai Young of the Conservatives.

Previous Patterns:
1996: Liberals 42.65%, Reform 29.71%, NDP 19.13%, Progressive Conservative 5.94%
2000: Liberals 42.69%, Alliance 37.09%, NDP 9.27%%, Progressive Conservative 6.38
2004: Liberals 44.51%, Conservatives 25.50%, NDP 24.55%, Green 3.58%
2006: Liberals 48.05%, Conservatives 27.14%, NDP 21.07%, Green 3.28%
2008: Liberals 38.49%, Conservatives 38.44%, NDP 17.62%, Green 4.93% (won by 10 votes)
2011: Conservatives 43.31%, Liberals 34.65%, NDP 18.99%, Green 2.55%

2015 Candidates:

Wai Young
Wai Young

Conservative: Wai Young (Incumbent) – in her first campaign, she lost by 10 votes, but was successful in 2011. She is described as having over 30 years experience developing social policies and programs for people in Vancouver and across Canada, with agencies including S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Immigrant Services Society, developing services for immigrants. In parliament she was elected Co-Chair of the Canada China Legislative Association.





Harjit Singh Sajjan

Liberal: Harjit Sajjan – served in the Canadian military, he joined the BC Regiment as a trooper in 1989 and was commissioned in the regiment in 1991. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel serving in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kandahar, Afghanistan. He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of BC. Sajjan also served eleven years as a police officer with the Vancouver Police.






Amandeep Nijjar
Amandeep Nijjar

New Democratic Party: Amandeep Nijjar – Graduate of John Oliver Secondary in Vancouver South, she was active with the BC Federation of Labour’s Young Worker’s Committee. She studied Finance at BCIT and since 2006 worked in the finance department of COPE Local 378, representing 12,000 workers across BC. She also helped run a family-owned sandwich shop.
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