Vic­to­ria-The Lakes

Cape Breton Post - - News -

MA­JOR CEN­TRES :

Bad­deck, Boularderie, Christ­mas Is­land, Ding­wall, English­town, Eskasoni, In­go­nish, Iona, Wag­mat­cook.

SQ. KM : 3,438 POP­U­LA­TION : 11,518

HIS­TORIC TRENDS:

Red or blue? Those seem to be the choices in Vic­to­ria-The Lakes at each pro­vin­cial elec­tion cy­cle. Lib­eral Ger­ald Samp­son was MLA from 2003-06, be­fore he was un­seated by Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Keith Bain, who was then de­feated by Lib­eral Pam Eyk­ing (the wife of fel­low Lib­eral and Syd­ney-Vic­to­ria MP Mark Eyk­ing) in the 2013 elec­tion.

ECON­OMY:

Tourism, fish­ing and agri­cul­ture

IM­POR­TANCE IN THE ELEC­TION:

If the elec­tion turns into a Grits ver­sus Tories race, Vic­to­ria-The Lakes could swing things in favour of ei­ther party. In 2013 in­cum­bent Eyk­ing edged Bain by 303 votes.

TRIVIA:

This rid­ing has his­tory and scenery. It is home to the Cabot Trail, the Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park, the Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell Mu­seum, the Gaelic Col­lege and the Nova Sco­tia High­land Vil­lage Mu­seum. Eskasoni First Na­tion and Wag­mat­cook First Na­tions are also lo­cated in Vic­to­ria-The Lakes. The rid­ing was called Vic­to­ria from 1867 un­til 1978, when it was re­named Cape

Bre­ton-The Lakes. It be­came Vic­to­ria-The

Lakes in 2003.

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