FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — This year, Canada saw the landslide victory of the Liberal Party end a nearly decade-long Conservative government. Justin Trudeau quickly went from party leader to country leader and brought 184 liberal seats with him to parliament. He and his cabinet ministers were sworn in on Nov. 4, 2015.
The writ for election was dropped on Aug. 4, started the longest federal election campaign since the 19th century. The 78-day campaign trail also had some rather interesting scandals breaking during that time, and some even more interesting campaign promises.
The Conservative party, with 99 seats, became the official opposition. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper stepped down as party leader, which Sturgeon River-Parkland MP Rona Ambrose has taken over for the time being.
Once the official opposition, the NDP fell from 95 seats to just 44. The Green Party of Canada lost a seat and maintains one sole seat in parliament, but in a surprising turn, the Bloc Quebecois gained eight seats, and now has 10 in total.
Here in the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, riding, we saw debates, public appearances, and campaigns from six different candidates. incumbent, and re-elected Conservative MP Bob Zimmer, Liberal Matt Shaw, Green Elizabeth Biggar, New Democrat Kathi Dickie, Libertarian W. Todd Keller, and Progressive Barry Blackman.
With the results in, Zimmer won the election on Oct. 19 with 27,237 votes. Liberal candidate Matt Shaw was the runner up in the race, and told Energetic City in October that campaigning was more exhausting than he anticipated, but to ‘never say never’ about running for the title again.
Zimmer faced some backlash in October after answering questions from the moderator about missing and murder indigenous women at the Lido Theatre’s Peace Debates. Local activist Connie Greyeyes told CBC Daybreak she found the comments ‘disheartening,’ having lost friends and family members in the past.
Elizabeth Biggar made a statement in September when she attempted to walk from Fort St. John to Dawson Creek to spread her campaign message.