Prince George mayoral hopefuls pitch more police, more housing and 'tough love' for homeless people

Prince George’s first mayoral debate of B.C.’s election season on Wednesday night focused on how candidates will handle challenges facing the city’s downtown core that are familiar to voters throughout the province: housing affordability, public safety and the toxic drug crisis.

Six people are campaigning to replace Mayor Lyn Hall who, after two terms, is not running for re-election.

More than 200 people attended the CBC-hosted forum at the downtown library, where the candidates faced questions drafted by community members on issues that directly affect their lives.

Like other urban communities, Prince George — which serves a population of nearly 90,000 people and acts a service centre for central and northern B.C. — has seen a proliferation

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