Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre & Vic­to­ria-The Lakes

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MA­JOR CEN­TRES :

New Water­ford, Dominion, Lin­gan, Re­serve Mines, River Ryan, New Vic­to­ria, South Bar, and part of Grand Lake Road.

SQ. KM : 135 POP­U­LA­TION : 13,156

HIS­TORIC TRENDS:

In the 2009 elec­tion, Frank Cor­bett cap­tured the rid­ing for the New Demo­cratic Party be­fore once again win­ning the seat in the 2013 elec­tion. Cor­bett re­signed in 2015, which then saw the rid­ing change to the Lib­er­als when David Wil­ton won the by­elec­tion in July 2015.

ECON­OMY:

Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre's big­gest in­dus­try was coal min­ing un­til the early 2000s.

IM­POR­TANCE IN THE ELEC­TION:

The rid­ing was rep­re­sented by Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Mike Laf­fin from 1963 to 1974, be­fore James "Buddy" MacEach­ern won the seat for the NDP from 19741981. It switched back to the PCs with Laf­fin claim­ing the seat from 1981 to 1988. The Lib­er­als took the rid­ing for the next 10 years with Wayne Con­nors and Rus­sell MacNeil win­ning be­tween 1988 to 1998. The rid­ing would then turn NDP or­ange for the next 14 years with Frank Cor­bett as its MLA. He served as deputy premier un­der the Darrell Dex­ter gov­ern­ment. Since 2015 the rid­ing has been held by Lib­eral David Wil­ton.

TRIVIA:

Since 1981 the rid­ing has been held by some­one from the New Water­ford area in­clud­ing Mike Laf­fin (PC), Wayne Con­nors (LIB), Rus­sell MacNeil (LIB), Frank Cor­bett (NDP), and David Wil­ton (LIB). Changes to the ridings elec­toral bound­ary were made in Septem­ber 2012, expanding Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre to in­clude South Bar, Lin­gan Road as well as part of Grand Lake Road, for­merly part of the now-de­funct con­stituency of Cape Bre­ton Nova.

Pic­tured is Dominion beach with the Nova Sco­tia Power Lin­gan gen­er­at­ing sta­tion in the dis­tance.

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