Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Nechacko Lakes

This is a new riding in northern BC. In the past there were three ridings that focused on Prince George. In the latest redistribution this was reduced to two centred on Prince George and one rural riding to the west of the city.

Nechacko Lakes loses the western parts of Prince George but gains Burns Lake, Houston and the surronding areas. The riding has one of the lowest populations in BC with only 26,436 people in the 2006 census. This is 45.4% less than the provincial average.

The Liberal candidate is John Rustad who was elected as MLA for Prince George Omineca in 2005. No word on other candidates, not that it really matters, the NDP only won about one in eight polls in the area of this riding in 2005, most of those on reserve

This NDP does very well with the on the reserve polls in this riding, in 2005 five polls on reserves gave the NDP a 481 vote advantage over the Liberals.

The old Omineca riding covered much of this area and is one of the areas the NDP has never managed to win.


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