Charlie Lake Northeast B.C.'s most Conservative community, elections data shows

As large swathes of the country turned Liberal red on Oct. 19, 2015, Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies stayed solidly blue.

Conservative Bob Zimmer held the riding with 52.3 per cent of the vote, according to new polling data released by Elections Canada this week.

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But the data shows that the Peace Region played an outsize part in that win.

Zimmer's supremacy in Prince George was challenged by Liberal candidate Matt Shaw, who took 37.5 per cent of the city's ballots, compared to Zimmer's 34.5 per cent. NDP candidate Kathi Dickie earned 22.7 per cent of votes in the riding, which bisects Prince George, with the party dropping to third overall.

Overall, Charlie Lake proved the "bluest" of the 14 Northeast communities analyzed by the Alaska Highway News.

The Fort St. John suburb gave Zimmer 78.5 per cent of the vote.

Of incorporated areas, Taylor was most Conservative, with 70.2 per cent voting Zimmer.

Shaw took 26.4 per cent of ballots in Chetwynd, his strongest showing in an incorporated community in Northeast B.C. He finished with around 25 per cent of the overall vote—a double digit increase from his party's 2011 result.

Hudson's Hope voted 15.5 per cent for Dickie, her best finish in a municipality. Overall, the party dropped to third place since the 2000 election.

Alaska Highway News looked at the Peace Region's seven incorporated communities and Fort Nelson, as well as five area First Nations with polling stations on-reserve, to see where candidates drew their support. The analysis does not include advance polls.

Hudson's Hope tops turnout

The community of Hudson's Hope topped regional voter turnout, with 67 per cent of 767 eligible voters casting ballots.

Tumbler Ridge slipped to last place in turnout, at 39.3 per cent.

Fort St. John and Dawson Creek were middle of the pack, recording turnouts of 46 per cent and 43.9 per cent, respectively.

Overall, 66.5 per cent of eligible voters in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies cast ballots. Across Canada, turnout was 69.1 per cent.

The Liberals picked up 148 seats Oct. 19, after one of the party's worst defeats in history in 2011.

First Nations A.B.C.

For the most part, on-reserve First Nations voted Anybody But Conservative.

Of the five First Nations in Northeast B.C. with on reserve polling stations (Moberly Lake, Kelly Lake, McLeod Lake, Prophet River and Fort Ware (Kwadacha)), most threw their votes to the Liberals or NDP.

Shaw had his best overall finish in Kelly Lake, home to the Kelly Lake Cree Nation, at 57.8 per cent.

Dickie, a former Fort Nelson First Nation chief, won 60.8 per cent of votes in remote Fort Ware (known as the Kwadacha First Nation). It was her best overall result in the Northeast.

The five First Nations polls were also Zimmer's bottom five finishes, ranging from Prophet River (18.7 per cent) to Kwadacha (3.2 per cent.)

 

Highest turnout %

Hudson's Hope: 67  

Pouce Coupe: 56.7  

Charlie Lake: 52.3 

Chetwynd: 48.3  

Taylor: 48.2  

Fort St. John: 46  

Dawson Creek: 43.9  

Fort Nelson: 43.8

Tumbler Ridge: 39.3  

Riding total: 66.5

Highest turnout (First Nations) %

Kelly Lake: 70.3  

Fort Ware (Kwadacha) 65  

Prophet River 59   

Moberly Lake: 57  

McLeod Lake: 47  

Riding total: 66.5

MAJOR PARTY VOTE SHARE, BY MUNICIPALITY, SUBURB, ON-RESERVE FIRST NATION

BOB ZIMMER (CONSERVATIVE) %

Charlie Lake: 78.5  

Taylor: 70.2  

Fort St. John: 64.9  

Pouce Coupe: 62.7  

Dawson Creek: 61.7  

Fort Nelson: 57.4  

Tumbler Ridge: 55.5   

Hudson's Hope: 53.1  

Chetwynd: 51.8  

Prophet River: 18.7  

Moberly Lake: 15.8  

McLeod Lake: 15  

Kelly Lake: 13.1  

Fort Ware (Kwadacha): 3.2  

MATT SHAW (LIBERAL) %

Kelly Lake: 57.8  

Prophet River: 54.1 

McLeod Lake: 45  

Moberly Lake: 33.8  

Chetwynd: 26.4  

Fort Nelson: 25.2  

Dawson Creek: 23.2  

Fort St. John: 20.7  

Tumbler Ridge: 20.5  

Hudson's Hope 20.2  

Fort Ware: 19.2  

Pouce Coupe: 17.3  

Taylor: 15.1  

Charlie Lake: 11  

KATHI DICKIE (NDP) %

Fort Ware: 60.8  

Moberly Lake: 38  

McLeod Lake: 25.7 

Prophet River: 25 

Kelly Lake: 18.4  

Hudson's Hope 15.5  

Tumbler Ridge: 13.6  

Dawson Creek: 12.3  

Fort Nelson: 11.8  

Chetwynd: 11.3  

Pouce Coupe: 8.9  

Fort St. John: 8.5  

Taylor: 7.1  

Charlie Lake: 4.7  

ELIZABETH BIGGAR (GREEN) %

McLeod Lake: 12 

Hudson's Hope: 9.3 

Pouce Coupe: 8.3 

Chetwynd: 6.6 

Fort Ware: 6.4 

Tumbler Ridge: 5.7 

Taylor: 5.9 

Moberly Lake: 5 

Dawson Creek: 4.9 

Fort St. John: 4.4 

Charlie Lake: 4.1 

Fort Nelson: 2.7  

Prophet River: 0 

Kelly Lake: 0

—with files from Prince George Citizen

reporter@dcdn.ca

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