Cariboo – Prince George
Electing a new MP for the first time since 1993, this long-time conservative stronghold saw a close three-way race for the first time since 1988, when the NDP won in Prince George-Bulkley Valley. An Environics poll taken 6 days before the election saw the NDP leading the Conservatives by 6 points, and the Liberals only trailing behind the Tories by a point.
In the end, Todd Doherty won with just over 16,000 votes, replacing longtime Conservative MP Dick Harris, who was first elected in 1993, and is now retired with what The Vancouver Sun calls one of the fattest pensions in Parliament.
The area includes the cities and towns of Prince George,Williams Lake, Quesnel, Wells and Vanderhoof. In an all-candidates meeting in September, one of the biggest issues for community members was how to prevent another environmental disaster like the Mount Polley tailings pond breach in 2014.
Prince George – Peace River – Northern Rockies
No surprise here, Conservative MP Bob Zimmer has been re-elected for a second term. The area has been a right-wing stronghold since the early 1970s.
Making up the northeastern quarter of B.C., the riding was created in 2004 and includes Prince George’s city centre, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. Resource development is a top issue of importance for the area.
Skeena Bulkley Valley
Another victory for NDP MP Nathan Cullen, who will serve his fifth term in a riding that has been n NDP stronghold for four decades.
The area includes Prince Rupert, Terrace and Haida Gwaii, as well as other communities along B.C.’s central coast, including Bella Coola. The biggest issue facing the area is whether or not LNG will become a reality.