At a glance
Bob Simpson won Cariboo North in 2009 for the BC NDP with just shy of half the vote. In 2010, he was ejected from the caucus for criticizing party leadership and currently sits as an independent MLA. Simpson also won in 2005.
Of their former candidate Simpson, the NDP's Cariboo North riding association president Brian Kennelly told the Georgia Straight in a January 2013 phone interview, “I guess Bob would get some votes for being Bob... But a lot of the work and a lot of the votes were because he was an NDP member who embraced the NDP philosophy and platform."
Before 2005, the BC Liberals held Cariboo North for two elections. The district was created for the 1991 election, and first went to the NDP.
The NDP has pinned its hopes on former Cariboo Regional District director Duncan Barnett to try and win Cariboo North back in 2013. Barnett is president of the BC Cattlemen’s Association who's been a rancher in the Cariboo for 20+ years.
Other candidates include Coralee Oakes for the BC Liberals. Oakes is a former two-term Quesnel city councillor who's been the executive director of the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce since 1999.
For an in-depth Tyee profile on the Cariboo North race in 2013, click here.
Did you know?
In 2006 Cariboo North, like its southern neighbour, had a very small number of recent immigrants -- the second-lowest in B.C. -- and a large aboriginal population.
Owning and renting a home in Cariboo North cost relatively less than other districts, with more of its residents spending less than 30 per cent of their income on shelter than most of the province at the time.
The district's current MLA, independent Bob Simpson, has contributed op-eds to The Tyee. Find them here.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Bob Simpson BC NDP||7004||49.5%||Bruce Ernst BC Liberal||6501||45.9%||Doug Gook BC Green||643||4.5%|
2005 Winner: Bob Simpson BC NDP
2001 Winner: John David Wilson BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Cariboo North
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||16%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||41%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||9%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 1.5%, German: 1%, Chinese (all): 0.3%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$63,533||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||78/21||70/30|