B.C. Votes 2017: Richmond-Steveston riding profile

B.C. Votes 2017: Richmond-Steveston riding profile

In advance of the 2017 B.C. election, we'll be profiling all 87 electoral districts in the province. Here is Richmond-Steveston, one of four ridings in Richmond — and one where the NDP is hoping to make education an issue.

Summary: An urban riding in southwest Richmond, the district is built around the historic Steveston Village, but extends as far north as Blundell Road and as far east as No. 3 Road. Because of the creation of a fourth riding in the city, it lost the area between No. 2, Garden City, Blundell and Francis Road to Richmond South Centre.

Politics: Richmond has only elected B.C. Liberal candidates since 1991, and the NDP hasn't won a seat in the riding since 1972.

Candidates: Yap is seeking a fourth term for the Liberals. Formerly the minister of advanced education, Yap is parliamentary secretary for liquor reform policy. 

The NDP candidate is Kelly Greene, a local parent who founded a group opposing the proposed closure of five schools in the city.

The Green candidate is Roy Sakata, a teacher and principal who ran for city council in 2014. 

Where does the NDP do well? 

It struggles throughout the riding, with the exception of old Steveston Village, which has tended to split the vote between it and the Liberals. 

What about the Liberals? The neighbourhoods between Railway Avenue and Number 2 Road reliably support the party, particularly around Wowk Neighbourhood Park, where it regularly receives more than 70 per cent of the vote.