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B.C. municipal election 2018: Quesnel results

Bob Simpson was acclaimed as mayor of Quesnel.

Joining him at the council table will be incumbents Scott Elliott, Ron Paull and Laurey-Anne Roodenburg. The newcomers are Mitch Vik and Martin Runge.

Candidates

Mayor:

Bob Simpson (incumbent) – acclaimed

Council:

Tammy Burrows

Cody Dillabough

Scott Elliott (incumbent) – elected

Tony Goulet – elected

Susan MacNeill

Ron Paull (incumbent) – elected

Laurey-Anne Roodenburg (incumbent) – elected

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Martin Runge – elected

Kyle Townsend

Mitch Vik – elected

Lindsay Woods

Fritz Wyssen

Referendum question

Are you in favour of the City of Quesnel adopting City of Quesnel New Public Works Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1854 of 2018, which will authorize council to borrow a sum not exceeding eight and half millions dollars ($8,500,000), repayable over a period of no more than thirty (30) years, for the development and construction of a new Public Works Facility?

Boundary

At the confluence of the Fraser and the Quesnel Rivers in the Cariboo is where you’ll find the City of Quesnel. It’s about 120 kilometres south of Prince George, and about the same distance north of Williams Lake.

Population (2016)

9,879

History

The history of Quesnel has been traced back to summer fishing camps that were set up by the Chentsit’hala Carrier First Nation before Simon Fraser and fur traders explored the region.

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Explorer Alexander Mackenzie arrived at a Chentsit’hala Carrier camp in 1793. He would subsequently abandon the route he was exploring along the Fraser River and take the Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail.

Simon Fraser, meanwhile, camped at the spot where Quesnel is located today.

Many Chinese immigrants would settle in Quesnel as they chased after riches amid the Gold Rush of the 1860s.

Some expected Quesnel might become B.C.’s capital given how close it was to Barkerville as well as spots where prospectors searched for gold.

Today, Quesnel industries include logging, a paper mill and agriculture.

Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median

$111,168/$111,736

Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016

RCMP — municipal/B.C.

204.60 (18.35)/93.63 (-0.71)

RCMP — rural

66.37 (+5.45)/93.63 (-0.71)

Violent Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016

RCMP — municipal

214.14 (+9.45)/74.86 (-9.81)

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RCMP — rural

59.91 (=12.57)/74.86 (-9.81)

Political representation

Federal

Todd Doherty (Conservative)

Provincial

Coralee Oakes (BC Liberal)