Rid­ing Pro­file: Stevest­son – Rich­mond East

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Ray Hud­son Steve­ston - Rich­mond East: It is de­scribed as the area south of Steve­ston High­way from Ge­or­gia Strait east to NO. 3 Road, north to Westminster High­way, east to NO. 4 Road and north to High­way 99 to the north arm of the Fraser River. The rid­ing

then runs east­ward along the north arm to the east bound­ary of Rich­mond with New Westminster. The south­ern bound­ary is the main chan­nel of the Fraser River. The rid­ing in­cludes the his­toric Steve­ston vil­lage, much of the Pa­cific com­mer­cial fish­ing fleet in Steve­ston small boat har­bour and the com­mer­cial cen­tre at NO. 5 Road and Steve­ston High­way. It con­tains High­way 99 from the Oak Street Bridge to the Massey Tun­nel, and the High­way 91 (east-west) con­nec­tor. The rid­ing is sub­stan­tially ru­ral with sig­nif­i­cant com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial prop­er­ties and busi­nesses along the north arm, and along the north shore of the main arm in the east part of the rid­ing. De­mo­graph­ics: Rich­mond rid­ings have his­tor­i­cally been right of cen­tre. Ac­cord­ing to the 2011 cen­sus, the pop­u­la­tion is 96,600. Im­mi­grants make up 58% of the res­i­dents, with 42.6% iden­ti­fied as Chi­nese. The neigh­bour­ing Rich­mond Cen­tre to the west re­port 51% as Chi­nese. Evo­lu­tion: The rid­ing was cre­ated, in 2012 from parts of Rich­mond and Delta-Rich­mond East. Both ‘donor’ rid­ings were held by Con­ser­va­tives for a num­ber of prior elec­tions. In­for­ma­tion on Wikipedia, showed re­dis­tributed re­sults of the 2011 fed­eral elec­tion as; Con­ser­va­tive 53.92%, NDP 22.82%, Lib­eral 18.60%, and Green, 4.14%. In the pre­vi­ous elec­tion Con­ser­va­tive Kerry-Lynne Find­lay held the seat for­merly oc­cu­pied by Re­former/con­ser­va­tive John Cum­mins.

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