MAJOR CENTRES :
Baddeck, Boularderie, Christmas Island, Dingwall, Englishtown, Eskasoni, Ingonish, Iona, Wagmatcook.
SQ. KM : 3,438 POPULATION : 11,518
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.
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.
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.