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British Columbia Provincial Election - 2017

Courtenay-Comox


Prediction Changed
2017-01-11 21:02:05
 



Constituency Profile

Candidates:

 

Benninger, Jim

Leonard, Ronna-Rae

Incumbent:
Comox Valley
Don McRae

Reference:
Population (2014):54816
Deviation from average:3.20%
Geographical Area:1584 sq km
2013 Election Result
Comox Valley
Don McRae*
1424844.27%
Kassandra Dycke
1248038.77%
Chris Aikman
371811.55%
Diane Hoffmann
17405.41%
Previous Prediction - 2013 Provincial Election
Previous Prediction - 2009 Provincial Election


 

21/03/2017 Win2017
208.114.165.69
I am also very surprised that this Riding is still in the TCTC column. The new boundaries take this Riding from 'Lean Liberal' to 'Liberal'. Jim Benninger is a well respected candidate with great name recognition in the community.
17 03 15 South Islander
184.71.12.34
I'm surprised this district is still TCTC.
Every year, hundreds of Albertans retire to this riding (including my parents in-common-law since the last election) - although most are anti-?Liberal?, they seem to accept that the BCLs are pretty much the PCs they're used to voting for. This influx has made this district that went NDP by a solid margin in 1996 stronger for the BCLs every election cycle.
Had a quick look at the boundary changes as well and crunched some numbers quickly. The big changes are the removal of Cumberland, Hornby and Denman Island. In Cumberland, the NDP beat the BCLs 733 to 435. On Denman Island, the NDP beat the BCL 467 to 83; and on Hornby, it was 389 to 60 - the Greens actually did better than the BCLs on both islands. The remaining polls removed (Royston, Fanny/Buckley/Union/Mud Bay) went BCL by a narrow margin of 579 to 544. Overall, the NDP had a near 2-to-1 advantage and 976 vote margin in the parts removed from the riding! (I may have missed a poll or 2, but the overall effect is clear) So the NDP now have to close a ~2,700 vote gap in the new district instead of a ~1,700 vote gap. Despite there being no incumbent, that is a huge margin to overcome. And following Cantelon's retirement in Parksville-Qualicum in 2013, there was no swing at all.
Polls, which were actually very accurate on VI toward the end of the last election, currently have the NDP down and the BCL holding their ground. The NDP have the North Island to worry about now, which was actually closer than this new district after redistribution (the margin there was only 2,000), even though it had a Conservative candidate splitting the BCL vote but no Green splitting the NDP vote.
I strongly disagree with Brian J about this being a must-win seat for the NDP. Their problems aren't on VI or in Vancouver, but in the Vancouver Suburbs and Interior. If they want to have any chance of winning, they need to hold their ground on VI instead of trying to eradicate the BCLs by wasting resources on what have clearly become strongholds here and in Parksville-Qualicum.
17 03 12 North Islander
208.114.165.66
Benninger brings over 31 years of military experience to the BC Liberal team, enrolling in the Canadian Armed Forces under the Regular Officer Training Plan at the age of 18. In 1988, he was awarded his Air Navigator Wings, spending the next 28 years with the CP140 Aurora Long Range Patrol Fleet at CFB Greenwood and CFB Comox. Trained as a Tactical Navigator, he also served as a Maritime Patrol Crew Commander, Flight Commander, 19 Wing Operations Officer, and finally as the Commanding Officer of 19 Wing/CFB Comox.
The BC Liberal team in Courtenay Comox is one of the best if not the best on Vancouver Island. The team has been hard at work since before Christmas working to ensure that this Riding remains red. The redrawn boundaries are extremely promising and early support at the door and on the phones is overwhelming! Since nominating their candidate, the NDP have been silent. Absolutely no presence at all. This will be a decisive win for the BC Liberals.
17 03 06 South Islander
184.71.12.34
VI has an NDP tilt, but this riding is concentrated BC Liberal. Boundary changes make it even more so. The BC Liberals held this riding in 2009 by 4% with no incumbent. I can't see them losing this unless they are defeated in a landslide.
17 01 13 T.C.
75.157.53.165
The new riding of Courtenay-Comox has seen some boundary changes from its previous incarnation as the ?Comox Valley? riding:
Formerly strong NDP areas of Hornby & Denman Islands as well as Cumberland, all south of Courtenay, have been removed and placed into the neighbouring riding of Mid Island-Pacific Rim.
With boundary changes the transposed results for 2013 are:
BC Liberal: 47..8%
BC NDP 35.3%
BC Green: 11.11%
BC Conservative: 5.9%
Compared to 2113, the BC Liberal margin over the BC NDP has increased considerably to 12.5% from ~5%. Moreover, the BCCP, which is now leaderless, consumed with in-fighting, and basically insolvent will likely not run a candidate here in 2017, which should provide an additional cushion for the BC Liberals.
OTOH, the BC Greens have historically received a relatively strong vote in the Comox Valley and I suspect that they will increase their popular vote share here, under Andrew Weaver, in 2017.
While ?open seat? after the incumbent BC Liberal has stepped down, the BC Liberals have nominated Jim Benninger who was previously the base commander/commanding officer of 19 Air Wing/CFB Comox.
Some anecdotal evidence on the perception of Benninger in the riding is from an NDP supporter, within the riding, on social media describing Benninger as ?well known and well-liked?.
This riding, as well as those adjacent ridings to both the north and south, is also witnessing the ?Alberta retiree? phenomena whereby an increasing proportion of the riding populace are Albertan retirees. In fact, WestJet now has 2-3 daily flights from Comox/Calgary as well as to/from Edmonton.
As a result Coomox Airport is now the 2nd busiest on Vancouver Island (after Victoria) and has seen 90% passenger growth since 2004. Certainly an interesting changing demographic phenomenon.
17 01 09 Brian J
64.114.70.133
Must-win seat for the BCNDP.



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