Peace River North
At a glance
The BC Liberals have had a very strong hold on Peace River North for three elections since a 2001 landslide victory over the BC NDP. But the New Democrats have been slowly gaining ground since, hoovering off about 10 per cent more of the vote back from the BC Liberals in each election.
This May, BC Liberal incumbent Pat Pimm will run again. Before provincial politics, Pimm served 12 years as councillor for the City of Fort St. John from 1993-2005.
The BC NDP candidate is Judy Fox-McGuire, a "life-long northerner" with a background in community corrections and labour relations.
Independent Arthur Hadland, a farmer and regional district director who placed second to Pimm in the 2009 election, will also vie for the seat.
Representing the BC Conservatives is Wyeth Sigurdson, who's worked as a pipeliner and an oil field operator.
In 2008, the district added a small portions of Peace River South and Prince George North as part of the boundary redistribution.
Did you know?
Peace River North won the sad distinction of having the lowest voter turnout in the 2009 provincial election, a wan 40 per cent.
Perhaps residents were too busy working to vote? As a region with a lot mining and natural gas activity, the district had the highest median after-tax income of any region outside of Vancouver and Victoria in 2006.
The district doesn't have a huge voter base. For example, in 2011 Peace River North had the fewest number of residents of voting age than any electoral district (except Surrey-Newton, which it tied). More than one-quarter were under age 18. But it also topped the list for fewest seniors, with just eight per cent of residents over age 65.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Pat Pimm BC Liberal||3992||43.1%||Arthur Hadland Independent||2899||31.3%||Jackie Allen BC NDP||1293||14%||Liz Logan BC Green||1010||10.9%|
2005 Winner: Richard Neufeld BC Liberal
2001 Winner: Richard Neufeld BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Peace River North
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||8%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||54%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||14%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||German: 3%, Russian: 1.2%, Punjabi: 0.3%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$82,117||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||73/26||70/30|