There is now officially a federal election race in the Prince George/ Peace River/Northern Rockies Constituency, and it will feature two teachers as the candidates for what are historically the countries two most dominant political parties.
Incumbent Conservative, Bob Zimmer, who has a degree in Education with a major in History and another in Human Kinetics with a concentration in Political Science/History, prior to succeeding Jay Hill as the local area MP, was for seven years a shop teacher at Fort St. John’s North Peace Secondary.
Last night Matt Shaw, who for 26 years has lived and worked in Prince George as an adult education teacher, counsellor and author, won the Liberal nomination for the October 19th federal election by acclamation.
Recent political history shows Mr. Shaw now has a major challenge ahead of him as it’s been 47 years since a Liberal was elected in the riding.
In the last federal election the Grit candidate failed to win any of the 235 polling stations, finishing fourth will just over five per cent of the vote, and ahead of only the candidate for the Pirate Party.
Latest checks with the head offices of the New Democrat and the Green Parties, which finished second and third respectively in the local riding, in 2011, failed to produce anything new on current candidate choice, or nomination process.