Last fall if you lived downtown or in the Fairview area, you went to the polls three times for the provincial by-election, federal and civic elections. Now BC is in full provincial election mode for May 12, 2009. Here’s a quick rundown of information for Vancouverites and in particular, those downtown.
The electoral districts for downtown Vancouver have changed as what used to be “Vancouver-Burrard” is now “Vancouver False Creek” and “Vancouver West End”. You can learn more about the new districts and compare them to 2005 on the CBC’s B.C. Votes site.
Vancouver-False Creek (VFC)
Map â€“ Vancouver-False Creek
Damian Kettlewell [Website] [Facebook]
Ray Lam [Website] — recently stepped down
Mary McNeil [Website]
Vancouver-West End (VNW)
Map â€“ Vancouver-West End
Laura McDiarmid [Website]
Spencer Herbert [Website] [Twitter]
Drina Read [Website] [Twitter]
As for the rest of the city, electoral districts for the 2009 provincial elections include:
Map â€“ Vancouver-Fairview – Candidates
Map â€“ Vancouver-Fraserview – Candidates
Map â€“ Vancouver-Hastings – Candidates
Map â€“ Vancouver-Kensington – Candidates
Map â€“ Vancouver-Kingsway – Candidates
Map â€“ Vancouver-Langara – Candidates
Vancouver-Mount Pleasant (VMP)
Map â€“ Vancouver-Mount Pleasant – Candidates
Vancouver-Point Grey (VNP)
Map â€“ Vancouver-Point Grey – Candidates
Map â€“ Vancouver-Quilchena – Candidates
I’m hoping to do a few interviews like I did during the by-election  and in particular once again with Spencer Herbert who was elected in the fall (current Official Opposition Critic for Arts and Culture) and is the NDP candidate for Vancouver-West End.
You can get up to the minute information about all aspects of the political race on The Tyee or on one of the new election sites that has popped up in the last few weeks – Support the Vote (also on Twitter), BC Vote (Twitter), and Vote Smart BC (although this particular site is not neutral – as you can tell from its feature game where you race a Fast Ferry).
Elections BC is also on Facebook and word is that 52 candidates for the provincial election are all on Twitter. You can track them down thanks to this spreadsheet (hat tips to Ryan Speed @unclespeedo).
In case everyone is electioned-out there are still a few items of note so far during this race such as NDP candidate Ray Lam recently pulling out due to “racey” Facebook photos that have surfaced from his private account [CBC]. Also, as today is 4/20, it’s worth noting that the BC Marijuana Party leader Marc Emery told The Tyee that the party may no longer exist after this spring’s election. â€œItâ€™s quite possible Iâ€™ll fold the B.C. Marijuana party and put my energy into the B.C. Greens after this election.”
One more thing I’ll also try to do is explain the BC-STV referendum within the next few days but for now, the CBC’s site has a little video that you can watch.
Make sure you’re registered to vote and if you’re away or unable to make it to the polls May 12th there are also several days of advanced polling May 6-9th from 8:00am until 8:00pm. Check your personal election guide for more details.
Update: I will be conducting several interviews so if you have any questions for the candidates please feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to see if they can address them at that time.
Update: My candidate interviews can be found here.
Update: Election night coverage on the CBC’s site is pretty great in terms of results on their interactive map or you can check in on the official Elections BC site.