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British Columbia electoral district
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Linda Larson
District created 1988
First contested 1988
Last contested 2013

Boundary-Similkameen is a riding which was formed in 2008 assembled together with populations of Penticton-Okanagan Valley, West Kootenay-Boundary and Yale-Lillooet.[1] The riding's name was resurrected from a former riding in the same area, with similar but not identical boundaries (see History section).


  • Member of Legislative Assembly 1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Electoral history 4
  • References 5

Member of Legislative Assembly

On account of the realignment of electoral boundaries, most incumbents did not represent the entirety of their listed district during the preceding legislative term. Bill Barisoff, British Columbia Liberal Party was initially elected during the 2005 election and 2001 election to the Penticton-Okanagan Valley riding, where the bulk of the new riding's population resides. Katrine Conroy, NDP. was the MLA for West Kootenay-Boundary, while Harry Lali, NDP, was the MLA for Yale-Lillooet (the areas of those ridings added to Boundary-Similkameen are less-populated and were not main population centres in their ridings).


The original riding of Boundary-Similkameen was a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It spanned the Boundary Country, around the towns of Grand Forks and Rock Creek west including Oliver and Osoyoos to the Similkameen Valley towns of Keremeos and Princeton. The riding first appeared in the 1966 election as the result of a merger of the former ridings of Grand Forks-Greenwood (1924–1963) and Similkameen. Until the re-creation of Boundary-Similkameen, the former area was part of West Kootenay-Boundary; areas in the Similkameen had been part of Yale-Lillooet (which has been reconstituted as Fraser-Nicola).

For other historical and current ridings in the region, see Kootenay (electoral districts) and Okanagan (electoral districts).


Population, 1966
Population change, 1966–1986
Area (km²)
Population density (people per km²)

Electoral history

Note: Winners in each election are in bold


28th British Columbia election, 1966
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Frank Richter, Jr. 6,547 55.44% unknown
New Democratic Lois Haggen 3,669 31.07% unknown
Liberal John Victor Hyde Wilson 1,594 13.50% unknown
Total valid votes 11,810 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 87
Turnout %
29th British Columbia election, 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Frank Richter, Jr. 8,944 54.29% unknown
New Democratic Bill Barlee 4,957 30.09% unknown
Liberal Donald Grant MacDonald 2,575 15.63% unknown
Total valid votes 16,476 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 122
Turnout %
30th British Columbia election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Frank Richter, Jr. 8,092 44.11% unknown
New Democratic Bill Barlee 6,850 37.34% unknown
Liberal Ruth Schiller 1,855 10.11 unknown
     Progressive Conservative Donald James Ewart 1,550 8.45% unknown
Total valid votes 18,347 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 122
Turnout %
31st British Columbia election, 1975
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Jim Hewitt 10,784 48.31% unknown
New Democratic Yvonne Joan Storey 9,183 41.13% unknown
     Progressive Conservative Barry Donald Montgomery 1,778 7.96% unknown
Liberal James Elder 580 2.60% unknown
Total valid votes 22,325 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 161
Turnout %
32nd British Columbia election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Jim Hewitt 13,739 47.56% unknown
New Democratic Bryan Patrick McIver 11,485 39.76% unknown
     Progressive Conservative John Edwin Swales 3,662 12.68% unknown
Total valid votes 28,886 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 324
Turnout %
33rd British Columbia election, 1983
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Jim Hewitt 18,869 54.82% unknown
New Democratic Yvonne Joan Storey 14,468 42.03% unknown
Liberal Kenneth Leslie Carig Hasanen 1,086 3.15% unknown
Total valid votes 34,423 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 312
Turnout %
34th British Columbia election, 1986 2>
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Jim Hewitt 18,204 29.99% unknown
Social Credit Ivan Messmer 16,150 26.61% unknown
New Democratic Eldon John Harrop 11,656 19.21% unknown
New Democratic Wesley G. Nickel 11,427 18.83% unknown
Liberal Anna Rita Lusier 1,729 2.85% unknown
Green John Mercer Hughes 893 1.47% unknown
Green David G. Cursons 634 1.04% unknown
Total valid votes 60,693 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 758
Turnout %
2 Seat increased to two members from one.
Boundary-Similkameen Byelection, June 8, 1988
resignation of Jim Hewitt
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Bill Barlee 15,778 52.82% unknown
Social Credit Russ Fox 10,515 35.44% unknown
Liberal Judi Tyabji 3,144 10.53% unknown
Green Rus Domer 361 1.21% unknown
Total valid votes 29,868 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 218
Turnout %
2 Seat increased to two members from one.

The 1988 byelection, which elected NDP member Bill Barlee, was the last appearance of the Boundary-Similkameen riding until its recreation in 2009. For the 1991 election, the area became represented by Okanagan-Boundary.

B.C. General Election 2009 Boundary-Similkameen
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal John Slater 6,681 37.45% -8.25 $99,832
     NDP Lakhvinder Jhaj 5,870 32.91% -7.89 $52,629
Conservative Joe Cardoso 3,596 20.16% $20,592
Green Bob Grieve 1,691 9.48% -0.02 $2,025
Total valid votes 17,838 100%
Total rejected ballots 122 0.68%
Turnout 17,960 62.31%
B.C. General Election 2013: Boundary-Similkameen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Linda Larson 8,499 46.59 +9.14
New Democratic Sam Hancheroff 7,113 38.99 +6.08
Green John Kwasnica 1,602 8.78 -0.70
No affiliation Mischa Popoff 655 3.59 n/a
Independent Doug Pederson 375 2.06 n/a
Total Valid Votes 18,244
Total Rejected Ballots


  1. ^ " - B.C. Votes - Boundary-Similkameen". CBC. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
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