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DISTRICT: Prince George-Peace River
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Jay HillCON2241259.89% X
Malcolm James CrockettNDP637717.04%
Nathan BauderLIB588915.74%
Hilary CrowleyGRN23946.4%
Donna YoungIND3510.94%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 229 of 229 polls reporting


292 Prince George-Peace River

2006 Candidates:
CON: Jay Hill (Incumbent)
GRN:Hilary Crowley
IND:Donna Young
LIB:Nathan Bauder
NDP:Malcolm James Crockett


 Riding Map
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 $65,527.

The riding was established in 1966. In the 2004 redistribution, it got an additional 9,775 residents from Prince George-Bulkley Valley.

Population: 104,272

Political History
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 2000.

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


Jay Hill

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: Dec. 27, 1952
Age: 53
Birthplace: Fort St, John, B.C.

Profession: Farmer

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.

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Prince George-Peace River in 1988; elected in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004.

Political History
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

Campaign Address:
(250) 785-1137
Riding Address:
9031-100th Ave., Fort St. John, B.C., V1J 1X5
(250) 787-1194
Ste. 214, 1811 Victoria St., Prince George, B.C., V2L 2L6
(250) 564-7771
Ottawa Address:
Room 618, Justice Bldg., House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., K1A 0A6
(613) 947-4524

Hilary Crowley

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.

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Prince George-Peace River in 2000 and 2004

Campaign Address:
6041 Kim Place, Prince George, B.C., V2K 3L6
(250) 965-7715

Donna Young

Party: Independent

Campaign Address:
(250) 782-9223

Nathan Bauder

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
Profession: Lawyer

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 College

Campaign Address:
Unit 2A - 4916 50th Ave. N., P.O. Box 858, Fort Nelson, B.C., V0C 1R0
(250) 774-2153

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 Carleton University
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

Campaign Address:
(250) 562-3120

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