Prince George—Peace River

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Prince George—Peace River
Flag of British Columbia.svg British Columbia electoral district
Prince George-Peace River.png
Prince George—Peace River in relation to other British Columbia federal electoral districts
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Bob Zimmer
Conservative
District created 1976
First contested 1979
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 105,782
Electors (2011) 72,063
Area (km²)[1] 243,588.80
Pop. density (per km²) 0.43
Census subdivisions Prince George, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Mackenzie, Peace River B, Peace River C, Peace River D, Fraser-Fort George A, Fraser-Fort George D

Prince George—Peace River is a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1968.

Geography[edit]

It consists of all of the province of British Columbia east of the Great Divide and some communities west of the divide. It contains large areas of uninhabited wilderness.

Communities include the oil-and-gas exploration centre of Fort St. John; Fort Nelson, with the province's biggest wood products plant; Dawson Creek; Large Coal Mining operations in Tumbler Ridge and the part of Prince George north of the Nechako River and east of the Fraser River.

History[edit]

This electoral district was originally created in 1966 from parts of Cariboo and Kamloops ridings.

It was abolished in 1976 when it was redistributed into Fort Nelson—Peace River riding and a part of Prince George—Bulkley Valley ridings. In 1978, Fort Nelson—Peace River was renamed "Prince George—Peace River". There were no elections during the period it was called "Fort Nelson—Peace River".

This riding has elected conservative candidates consistently since 1972: Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle from 1972 to 1993, and Reform Party of Canada/Canadian Alliance/Conservative Jay Hill from 1993 until 2010. The district is currently represented by Bob Zimmer of the Conservatives.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Cariboo and Kamloops prior to 1966
28th 1968–1972     Robert Borrie Liberal
29th 1972–1974     Frank Oberle, Sr. Progressive Conservative
30th 1974–1979
31st 1979–1980
32nd 1980–1984
33rd 1984–1988
34th 1988–1993
35th 1993–1997     Jay Hill Reform
36th 1997–2000
2000     Canadian Alliance
37th 2000–2003
2003–2004     Conservative
38th 2004–2006
39th 2006–2008
40th 2008–2010
41st 2011–present     Bob Zimmer Conservative

Current Member of Parliament[edit]

Its current Member of Parliament is Bob Zimmer. He was first elected in 2011. He represents the Conservative Party of Canada.

Future[edit]

The 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution concluded that the electoral boundaries of Prince George—Peace River should be adjusted, and a modified electoral district will be contested in future elections.[2] The redefined riding regains the community of Valemount and area that had been transferred to Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo in the previous redistribution. Although not directly related to this boundary adjustment, the riding will concurrently be renamed as Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies to acknowledge the Northern Rockies Regional District, whose status in the riding is unchanged. These new boundaries and the new name will be legally defined in the 2013 representation order, which is likely to come into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 2015. In the unlikely event an election is called prior to April 2014, the current electoral boundaries would remain in effect.[3]

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Bob Zimmer 23,946 62.12 -1.47 $81,669
New Democratic Lois Boone 9,876 25.62 +8.04 $38,397
Green Hilary Crowley 2,301 5.97 -4.44 $11,625
Liberal Ben Levine 2,008 5.21 -3.20 $9,197
Pirate Jeremy Cote 415 1.08
Total valid votes/Expense limit 38,546 100.00
Total rejected ballots 125 0.32 -0.03
Turnout 38,671 54.08 +5
Eligible voters 71,507
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jay Hill 22,325 63.59 +3.71 $37,923
New Democratic Betty Bekkering 6,170 17.58 +0.58 $8,563
Green Hilary Crowley 3,656 10.41 +4.00 $7,222
Liberal Lindsay Gidney 2,954 8.41 -7.34
Total valid votes/Expense limit 35,105 100.00   $102,073
Total rejected ballots 125 0.35 +0.06
Turnout 35,230 49
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jay Hill 22,409 59.88 +1.17 $62,176
New Democratic Malcolm Crockett 6,363 17.00 -3.69 $10,141
Liberal Nathan Bauder 5,895 15.75 +1.99 $3,983
Green Hilary Crowley 2,400 6.41 +0.70 $4,838
Independent Donna Young 359 0.96 $589
Total valid votes 34,807 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 103 0.30 -0.14
Turnout 34,807 53 -0.56
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jay Hill 21,281 58.71 -17.04 $53,326
New Democratic Michael Hunter 7,501 20.69 +16.03 $11,997
Liberal Arleene Thorpe 4,988 13.76 -1.77 $19,341
Green Hilary Crowley 2,073 5.71 +3.54 $1,252
Canadian Action Harley J. Harasym 301 0.83 -0.81 $1,028
Marxist–Leninist Tara Rimstad 101 0.27 +0.04
Total valid votes 36,245 100  
Total rejected ballots 162 0.44 +0.10
Turnout 36,407 53.56 -3.09
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Alliance Jay Hill 23,840 69.61 +2.70 $47,199
Liberal Arleene Thorpe 5,319 15.53 -1.54 $22,183
Progressive Conservative Jan Christiansen 2,103 6.14 +0.40 $4,980
New Democratic Lenart Nelson 1,597 4.66 -4.32 $4,329
Green Hilary Crowley 744 2.17 +0.89 $1,306
Canadian Action Henry A. Dunbar 562 1.64 $2,640
Marxist–Leninist Colby Nicholson 80 0.23 $8
Total valid votes 34,245 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 118 0.34 +0.03
Turnout 34,363 56.65 -0.90
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Reform Jay Hill 22,270 66.91 +10.60 $48,148
Liberal Barb Shirley 5,683 17.07 -2.38 $23,330
New Democratic Alex Michalos 2,989 8.98 -2.19 $14,819
Progressive Conservative Charles Lugosi 1,911 5.74 -5.44 $16,754
Green Julie Zammuto 429 1.28 $450
Total valid votes 33,282 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 105 0.31
Turnout 33,387 57.55
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Reform Jay Hill 20,671 56.31 +41.85
Liberal Jacques Monlezun 7,140 19.45 +7.54
Progressive Conservative Ted Sandhu 4,104 11.18 -28.42
New Democratic Alan Timberlake 4,099 11.17 -22.12
Natural Law Robert Walker 292 0.80
Christian Heritage John Van der Woude 198 0.54
Commonwealth of Canada Dorothy Folk 114 0.31
Independent Archie Tannock 89 0.24
Total valid votes 36,707 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle, Sr. 13,903 39.60 -22.84
New Democratic Alan Timberlake 11,684 33.28 +9.17
Reform Jay Hill 5,077 14.46
Liberal Jacques Monlezun 4,183 11.92 +1.97
Independent Howard Karpes 169 0.48
Confederation of Regions Lorne W. Backus 89 0.25 -0.74
Total valid votes 35,105 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle, Sr. 21,154 62.44 +10.34
New Democratic Jim Best 8,168 24.11 -2.09
Liberal Paul Bouey 3,368 9.94 -9.39
Rhinoceros J. Paul Ekering 385 1.14
Social Credit Richard J. Lawrence 342 1.01 -1.37
Confederation of Regions John F. Light 335 0.99
Libertarian Sid Schneider 127 0.37
Total valid votes 33,879 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle, Sr. 13,593 52.10 -8.85
New Democratic Bob Simpson 6,835 26.20 +5.70
Liberal Jim McIntyre 5,044 19.33 +0.78
Social Credit Richard J. Lawrence 620 2.38
Total valid votes 26,092 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle, Sr. 16,288 60.95 +14.11
New Democratic Bob Simpson 5,478 20.50 +5.83
Liberal Les Broddy 4,957 18.55 -15.79
Total valid votes 26,723 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle, Sr. 18,769 46.84 +7.48
Liberal Allan Bate 13,759 34.33 +2.72
New Democratic Stuart Robert Steventon 5,880 14.67 -7.03
Social Credit Wendell Philip Smith 1,665 4.15 -3.17
Total valid votes 40,073 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle, Sr. 14,648 39.36 +9.66
Liberal Robert Borrie 11,766 31.62 -3.30
New Democratic Bill Close 8,076 21.70 -0.33
Social Credit Al Kruegar 2,726 7.32 -4.74
Total valid votes 37,216 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Robert Borrie 10,926 34.92
Progressive Conservative Peter Runkle 9,293 29.70
New Democratic Erhart Regier 6,894 22.03
Social Credit Bert Leboe 3,776 12.07
Independent John H. Powers 402 1.28
Total valid votes 31,291 100.00

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