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For the federal electoral district, see Surrey—Newton
British Columbia electoral district
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Harry Bains
New Democratic
Population (2001) 50,281
Area (km²) 2,388
Pop. density (per km²) 21.1
Census divisions Metro Vancouver
Census subdivisions Surrey

Surrey-Newton is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada.

The riding was first created out of the two-member Surrey district in 1986, which had been in existence since 1966. Surrey had always been a battleground between the NDP and Social Credit, trading back and forth between the two parties. The riding was represented by Premier Rita Johnston, who was a prominent Cabinet minister in the Vander Zalm government between 1986 and 1991.

In 1991, Penny Priddy defeated the sitting Premier in a realigning election that saw Social Credit experience massive defeats all across the province. During the NDP government (1991-2001), Priddy emerged as a prominent Cabinet minister in portfolios such as Women's Equality, Tourism and Culture, Health, Labour and Children and Families.

Although the riding was won by the Liberals during their 2001 landslide victory, it has been a relatively safe NDP seat since 2005. The riding is home to a large South Asian community, whose population has exploded in Surrey since the early 1990s. The shift towards the NDP can largely be attributed to the party's inroads in the Indo-Canadian community.


  • Demographics 1
  • Geography 2
    • 1999 Redistribution 2.1
  • History 3
  • Member of Legislative Assembly 4
  • Election results 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Population, 2001 50,281
Population Change, 1996–2001 16.4%
Area (km²) 21
Pop. Density (people per km²) 2,388


1999 Redistribution

Surrey-Newton has its entire southern half removed.


Member of Legislative Assembly

Its MLA is Harry Bains. He was first elected in 2005, and was re-elected in 2009 and 2013. He represents the New Democratic Party of British Columbia.

Parliament Years Member Party
34th 1986-1991     Rita Johnston Social Credit
35th 1991–1996     Penny Priddy NDP
36th 1996–2001
37th 2001–2005     Tony Bhullar Liberal
38th 2005–2009     Harry Bains NDP
39th 2009–2013
40th 2013–present

Election results

B.C. General Election 1991: Surrey-Newton
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     NDP Penny Priddy 10,193 42.28% $47,584
Social Credit Rita Johnston 7,796 32.33% $126,919
Liberal A. Charles McKinney 5,923 24.57% $1,942
Green Paul George 197 0.82% $2,740
Total valid votes 24,109 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 638 2.58%
Turnout 24,747 76.28%
B.C. General Election 1996: Surrey-Newton
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     NDP Penny Priddy 13,969 49.54% $42,833
Liberal Indra Thind 9,788 34.71% $54,778
Progressive Democrat Ian Brown 1,841 6.53% $100
Reform Liaqat Bajwa 1,244 4.41% $12,184
Family Coalition Bill Stilwell 577 2.05% $890
Green Maureen A. MacDonald 340 1.21% $100
Conservative John Keith Bannister 217 0.77% $931
Social Credit Neil Maharaj 174 0.62% $3,600
     Natural Law Shane Laporte 48 0.17% $118
Total valid votes 28,198 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 244 0.86%
Turnout 28,442 71.33%
B.C. General Election 2001: Surrey-Newton
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Tony Bhullar 6,750 49.45% $51,429
     NDP Param Grewal 3,949 28.93% $32,318
Green David Walters 1,673 12.26% $2,471
Unity Paul Joshi 498 3.65% $4,578
Marijuana Stephen Kawamoto 364 2.20% $394
Reform Margaret Bridgman 159 0.96% $1,285
Total valid votes 13,649 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 92 0.67%
Turnout 13,741 65.51%
British Columbia general election, 2005
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Harry Bains 10,741 57.89%
Liberal Daniel Igali 6,473 34.89%
Green Dan Deresh 876 4.72%
Democratic Reform Harry Grewal 268 1.44%
Work Less Gordon Scott 123 0.66%
Platinum Jeff Robert Evans 72 0.39%
Total 18,553 100.00%
British Columbia general election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Harry Bains 10,709 68.93% +11.04
Liberal Ajay Caleb 4,011 25.82% −9.07
Green Trevor Loke 759 4.89% +0.17
Communist George Gidora 58 0.37%
B.C. General Election 2013: Surrey-Newton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Harry Bains
Helping Hand Alan Saldanha
Liberal Sukhminder Virk
Conservative Satinder Singh
Total Valid Votes
Total Rejected Ballots


External links

  • BC Stats - 2001
  • Results of 2001 election (pdf)
  • 2001 Expenditures
  • Results of 1996 election
  • 1996 Expenditures
  • Results of 1991 election
  • 1991 Expenditures
  • Website of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
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