Riding to Watch: Esquimalt–Saanich–Sooke BC
WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’S Ed Watson reports from Esquimalt–Saanich–Sooke
Located on the southern end of Vancouver Island, Esquimalt–Saanich–Sooke is home to CFB Esquimalt, the nation’s Pacific Coast naval base and to one of the hottest races in the country.
This riding is currently held by the NDP’s Randall Garrison, who is facing a stiff challenge from David Merner who ran in 2015 as a Liberal but is now running as a Green. The Liberal is retired Canadian Forces colonel Jamie Hammond and the Conservative is dentist Randall Pewarchuk.
Randall Garrison (NDP) won with 35% support — and a 7.7% margin of victory (14,324 votes) over Liberal runner-up David Merner.
Esquimalt–Saanich–Sooke was the 111th closest race out of all 338 ridings.
Voter turnout was 66.5%.
THE RIDING IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):
SIZE: 328.8 km2
POPULATION: 120,834 people in 2016: a change of 7% from 2011. The average age is 42.2, with 14.8% age 14 and under and 17.2% 65 and older.
CITIZENSHIP: 95% are Canadian citizens. 15.7% are immigrants. 5.6% indicated Aboriginal identity. 12.8% are visible minorities. 17.8% are 1st generation Canadians. 22.4% are 2nd generation. 59.7% are 3rd generation and older.
HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $546,312. Renters paid an average of $1103 per month, with 14.3% in subsidized housing. 44.0% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 15.4% are condos. 4.9% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.
INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $37,275. 12.1% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 15.4% of children and 10.8% of seniors.
IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are English: 46370 / Scottish: 32590 / Canadian: 31365 / Irish: 23590 / German: 16635
IMMIGRATION: United Kingdom, Philippines, India, United States, China are the top birth origins for immigrants. Philippines is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).
LANGUAGE: Spanish, Punjabi (Panjabi), German, Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino), and Mandarin are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 84.9% English and 2.01% French.
EDUCATION: 14.3% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 21.6% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.
-Compiled by Andrew Thomson