MEET THE RIDINGS
MAJOR CENTRES :
Former town of Glace Bay, Bridgeport and up to the bridge of where the heavy water plant once was on Tower Road.
23 SQ. KM :
12,357 POPULATION :
A longtime Liberal riding. Former Liberal MLA Dave Wilson was first elected in 1999. He was re-elected five times. He resigned suddenly in March 2010 and was charged in February 2011 with fraud-related offences in regard to his expenses. Liberal MLA Geoff MacLellan won the byelection in June 2010 and was reelected in 2013.
Glace Bay is a former coal mining town. The reopening of the Donkin Mine this year is expected to bring a big boost to the area. Lobster and crab fishing are still important to the area and there are major fish processing plants located in the community. The Convergys call centre is also a major employer.
IMPORTANCE IN THE ELECTION:
The riding of Glace Bay, which is formed from the former town boundary, had been held for 10 years by former Liberal MLA Dave Wilson until his resignation in March 2010. The riding is currently held by Liberal MLA Geoff MacLellan, who won a byelection on June 22, 2010, and was re-elected with more than 80 per cent of the vote in 2013. MacLellan, also minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, lives in Glace Bay.
The Glace Bay constituency at one time was called Cape Breton East. It was changed years ago after former Liberal MLA Dave Wilson fought for the name change feeling the name Glace Bay actually fit the riding best.
Picture of the main Commercial Street area of Glace Bay.