MEET THE RID­INGS

Glace Bay

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton -

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 :

HIS­TORIC TRENDS:

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.

ECON­OMY:

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.

TRIVIA:

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.

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