The race to the Oct. 19 federal election has officially begun.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the start of the 78-day campaign this morning in Ottawa.
So far, incumbent Conservative MP Bob Zimmer is the only confirmed candidate from a major party in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, and has a $100-million headstart after a flurry of federal program spending announcements in the last week of July.
The NDP plan to hold a nomination meeting in the coming weeks. The Liberals have yet to name a candidate, while the Green Party has two hopefuls in the riding.
Mining and oil and gas worker Todd Keller has thrown his hat in with the Libertarians.
-- with files from Jonny Wakefield