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  1. Richmond votes regularly for conservative or centrist parties, and is a stronghold for the BC Liberal Party. Municipal. Richmond's municipal council is elected using an at-large electoral system. Like Vancouver, but unlike most cities in British Columbia, Richmond runs on a political system of locally based political parties, or slates. For the ...

  2. Etymology. The province's name was chosen by Queen Victoria, when the Colony of British Columbia (1858–1866), i.e., "the Mainland", became a British colony in 1858. It refers to the Columbia District, the British name for the territory drained by the Columbia River, in southeastern British Columbia, which was the namesake of the pre-Oregon Treaty Columbia Department of the Hudson's Bay Company.

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