In advance of the 2017 B.C. election, we'll be profiling all 87 electoral districts in the province. Here is Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, one of nine ridings in the Fraser Valley — and one that was among the NDP's biggest disappointments four years ago.
Summary: A riding comprising all of Pitt Meadows and both rural and urban parts of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, the riding is bounded by Pitt River to the west, Fraser River to the south and 224th Street and Alouette River to the east.
Politics: While the ridings in the Fraser Valley south of the river have overwhelmingly supported the B.C. Liberals and Social Credit party over the years, north of the Fraser has tended to be more of a swing region.
The NDP held Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows in four of five elections from 1991 to 2013 — but after two-term MLA Michael Sather stepped down, longtime Pitt Meadows councillor Doug Bing was able to defeat Elizabeth Rosenau by 620 votes and win the riding for the Liberals.
Canadidates: Bing is seeking re-election for the Liberals. A three-term councillor prior to his election, Bing has been a backbench MLA for the duration of her term.
The NDP candidate is Lisa Beare, a trustee on the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board who won the most votes in the 2014 election.
The Green Party candidate is Alex Pope, chair of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows bicycle advisory committee. and the party's 2013 candidate in neighbouring Maple Ridge-Mission.
Where does the NDP do best? The party consistently does best in Maple Ridge's city centre along Dewdney Trunk Road and Lougheed Highway — but in general, the entire urban centre of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge tends to be fairly split, with either party getting over 60 per cent of the vote at a polling station a rare sight.
What about the B.C. Liberals? It does very well in Pitt Meadows, particularly in the agricultural areas north of Highway 7, along with Maple Ridge's Silver Valley neighbourhood to the northeast of the city core.