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Fracking, pipelines and forestry with MLAs Shirley Bond, Mike Bernier, Coralee Oakes, Mike Morris and Robin Austin

The story of Tuesday's election was the surprise win from the B.C. Liberal party. They swept most of northern B.C., with the exception of the northwest where the NDP retained three seats.

Mike Bernier: "Best practices" needed for fracking

Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier (

Mike Bernier is the mayor of Dawson Creek and a first-time B.C. Liberal MLA for Peace River South. He plans on stepping down as mayor. He also says he's committed to supporting "best practices" for fracking. He spoke with Andrew Kurjata.

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Bob Simpson says voters will regret their decision, Coralee Oakes wants to be a strong voice for the central interior

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Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes (

Coralee Oakes was elected as the B.C. Liberal candidate for Cariboo North, beating independent incumbent Bob Simpson. While Simpson predicts voters will regret returning the Liberals to power, Oakes told Betsy Trumpener that Simpson has been a great advocate for the region, and she plans on carrying on some of his work.
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Shirley Bond says the five conditions for a pipeline have yet to be met

Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond (

Shirley Bond is a long-time B.C. Liberal MLA and cabinet minister. Despite this, she tells Betsy Trumpener she never felt safe during the campaign. She also recommits to the Liberals five conditions for supporting a northern pipeline project.

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Mike Morris steps into Pat Bell's shoes
Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris (

B.C. Liberal Mike Morris takes on a big role, replacing outgoing cabinet minster Pat Bell in Prince George - Mackenzie. He spoke with Andrew Kurjata about his priorities, as well as how being a MLA is going to affect his work as a trapper.

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Robin Austin promises to keep fighting Enbridge
Skeena MLA Robin Austin (

While most of northern B.C. voted in the B.C. Liberals, the northwest once again elected NDP MLAs. They include Robin Austin, incumbent in the Skeena riding. He says the fight against the Northern Gateway pipeline will continue, in the legislatures and possibly in the courts.

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