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B.C. ELECTION 2017: Eye on the Kelowna-Lake Country race

From left to right, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA candidates Alison Shaw for the B.C. Green Party, Norm Letnick for the B.C. Liberals, and Erik Olesen for the B.C. NDP.
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KELOWNA - For the past sixteen years, Kelowna-Lake Country has been a sweep for the ruling Liberal Party. Since winning against the Social Credit Party in 1991, the B.C. Liberals have won the riding in every provincial election. 

The closest another party has come to the Liberals was in 2005, when NDP candidate John Pugley garnered 30.4 per cent of the vote. 

B.C. Liberal incumbent Norm Letnick has won the past two elections and is running for his third consecutive term this year. Challenging Letnick this year are NDP Erik Olesen and B.C. Green Party candidate Dr. Alison Shaw.

In the 2013 provincial election, voter turnout was extrememly poor, with only 47.7 per cent of eligible voters. As of April 11, 2017, 46,477 residents have registered to vote. 

The riding is comprised of the District of Lake Country and the northern half of Kelowna - east of Glenmore Drive.

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