292 Prince George-Peace River
This riding occupies the wild, rugged northeast corner of British Columbia. Communities include the oil-and-gas exploration centre of Fort St. John; Fort Nelson, with the province's biggest wood-products plant; and the part of Prince George north of the Nechako River and east of the Fraser River.
The 2001 census counted 104,272 residents. Of those, just over seven per cent are immigrants, and about five per cent are aboriginal.
With Prince George billing itself as the "spruce capital of the world,"
it stands to reason that wood drives the economy here. Logging, sawmills
and pulp mills are major employers. Tourism is centred on the lakes and
rivers, and on the Alaska Highway, which throngs with summer travellers.
Unemployment in 2001 was 10.1 per cent; the average family income was
The riding was established in 1966. In the 2004 redistribution, it got
an additional 9,775 residents from Prince George-Bulkley Valley.
Since 1993, this riding has been in the hands of Jay Hill of the Conservatives.
During that time, he has served as a Reformer, a Canadian Alliance member,
and briefly as an Independent, during a disagreement over Stockwell Day's
leadership of the Alliance.
In Hill's 2004 win, he outpolled the runner-up, New Democrat Michael Hunter,
by 13,780 votes. Hill experienced similar victories in 1993, 1997 and
From 1972 to 1993, Prince George-Peace River was a Tory stronghold. PC
Frank Oberle was elected five times, and served as minister of forestry
and minister of state for science and technology.
1968 - LIB
1972-1988 incl - PC
1993, 1997 - REF
2000 - CA
2004 - CON
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: Dec. 27, 1952
Birthplace: Fort St, John, B.C.
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Leah
Children: Holly, Heath and Heather
Career background: He worked in forestry and in the oil and gas industry before returning to agriculture in 1975. He and a brother worked on the family farm, taking it over from their parents in 1991, and eventually the farm was enlarged to 3,000 acres under cultivation producing wheat, barley, canola, fescue and other grass seeds. His interest in the family farm was sold in 1996. He is past president of the B.C. Grain Producers Association, and was previously a director for grain with the B.C. Federation of Agriculture, a director for B.C. and the Territories with Soil Conservation Canada, as well as chairman of the B.C. Provincial Seed Fair.
Federal: Defeated in Prince George-Peace River in 1988; elected in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004.
Committee: Former vice-chair: Agriculture and Agri-Food; Transport; Transport and Government Operations. Former member: Board of Internal Economy; Procedures & House Affairs; Agriculture and Agri-Food; Transport; Justice and Human Rights; joint committee on the Library of Parliament. Vice-chair: National Defence and Veterans Affairs.
Caucus: Former deputy critic for: Immigration; Justice; Former critic for: Regional Development Program-Western Economic Diversification, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Agriculture and Agri-foods; Transportation; Solicitor-General. Former Opposition deputy Whip then Whip. Former Opposition Question Period director. From September 2001- April 2002, he served as chief Whip and Solicitor General critic for the Progressive Conservative Democratic Representative Coalition in Parliament. Became the Conservative Party National Defence critic in January 2004
9031-100th Ave., Fort St. John, B.C., V1J 1X5
Ste. 214, 1811 Victoria St., Prince George, B.C., V2L 2L6
Room 618, Justice Bldg., House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., K1A 0A6
Party: Green Party of Canada
Profession: Physiotherapist (retired)
Marital status: Married
Career background: She recently retired from Prince George Regional Hospital where she worked as a physiotherapist for over 25 years.
Community activities: She has served on the executive of the Summit Lake community association since 1980 and is the founding president of SODA, a charity which supports disability work in South India.
Federal: Defeated in Prince George-Peace River in 2000 and 2004
6041 Kim Place, Prince George, B.C., V2K 3L6
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: Undergraduate work at Capilano College, Okanagan University
College, and Northern Lights College. Graduated with law
degree from UBC in 2001
Career Background: After articling with Hope Heinrich in Prince George, he was
called to the B.C. Bar in 2002. Practised family and aboriginal law in Prince George for three
years before beginning general legal practice in Fort Nelson.
Currently lives and practices law in Fort Nelson
Community Activities: A registered member of the Okanagan First Nation. Worked for a number of community organizations as a
board member for the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, Cariboo Action Training Society (Camp Trapping), and Northern Lights
Unit 2A - 4916 50th Ave. N., P.O. Box 858, Fort Nelson, B.C., V0C 1R0
Malcolm James Crockett
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: BA from the University of British Columbia. Master of Social Work degree in Social Administration and Policy from
Profession: Senior Practitioner in the B.C. Ministry for Child and Family Development
Career Background: Completed Social Work praciticum as a social policy analyst in the parliamentary office of Joy Langan,
former MP for Mission-Coquitlam. Worked as an Action Researcher for the Company of Young Canadians. Advised the Vancouver Conference
of the General Assembly of the World Council of Churches on internal child care issues. Represented the B.C. NDP at the Health
Canada/Canadian Council on Social Development Second Canadian Conference on Childcare. Has worked as Field Staff for Canada World
Youth/Jeunesse Canada Monde (Malaysia Team). Worked as a faculty liaison officer/ lecturer for Carleton University School of Social Work.
Elected three times to the Health, Education and Social Sciences Component Executive of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
Community Activities: Served as an Executive Volunteer to the 1992 Indigenous 500 Conference. Former president of the Cowichan
Neighbourhood House Association