How Burnaby became a battleground: Election sets riding up for a Kinder surprise

In 2013, the Lower Mainland underwent dramatic redistricting. Burnaby North-Seymour is a new riding made up of parts of the former Burnaby-Douglas and North Vancouver ridings.

This is what voting used to look like in Burnaby-Douglas in 2011

Voting results from the 2011 Federal Election in Burnaby-Douglas.

Burnaby-Douglas has now been divided into two ridings. The area south of Lougheed Highway, which contains a sizeable group of predominantly NDP voters, has been moved into the riding of Burnaby South. (via Smurfmatic.)

This is what voting used to look like in North Vancouver in 2011


The North Vancouver riding has also now been divided between two ridings. The area east of the Seymour River has been moved into the Burnaby North-Seymour riding, adding a large Conservative voter group to the riding. (Via Smurfmatic)

The new Burnaby North-Seymour riding with 2011 election results

According to the polling station results, if the riding had existed during the 2011 federal election, the Conservatives would have taken the riding with 44 per cent of the vote.

 

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is a key issue in the new Burnaby North-Seymour riding.

A map of the current Kinder Morgan pipeline and the three proposed new routes.

So far the NDP, Liberal and Green Party federal candidates have come out against the pipeline, while the Conservative candidate supports it.

Advantages of the Burnaby North-Seymour riding

  • According to The Tyee, the new riding is considered to be an open riding by most of the political candidates.
  • According to NDP Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart and Green Party leader Elizabeth May, the new riding distribution does not favour one party over the other.

Disadvantages of the Burnaby North-Seymour riding 

  • North Vancouver voters will be voting on a pipeline issue that does not affect them.
  • According to the 2011 polling-division information, the addition of the heavily Conservative part of North Vancouver to the Burnaby-Douglas riding dilutes NDP support in favour of the Conservatives.
  • According to the 2011 polling-division information, the removal of the south part of the Burnaby-Douglas riding from Burnaby North-Seymour benefits the Conservatives over the NDP.