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DISTRICT: Central Nova
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Peter G. MacKayCON1713440.66% X
Alexis MacDonaldNDP1386132.89%
Dan WalshLIB1034924.56%
David OrtonGRN6711.59%
Allan H. BezansonML1240.29%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 209 of 209 polls reporting


013 Central Nova

2006 Candidates:
CON:Peter MacKay (Incumbent)
GRN:David Orton
LIB:Dan Walsh
MLP:Allan H. Bezanson
NDP:Alexis MacDonald


 Riding Map
This riding consists of Pictou and Antigonish counties and part of Guysborough County. It includes St. Mary's, New Glasgow, Antigonish, Trenton, Stellarton and Westville, as well as several native reserves.

St. Francis Xavier University is in the riding. Manufacturing is the largest industry, followed by retail trade and other services. The average family income is $52,911 and unemployment is 14.2 per cent.

In the 2001 census, 95 per cent of the population cited English as their mother tongue. The total immigrant population is just more than three per cent.

In 2004, the riding became Central Nova. It combines 91 per cent of Pictou-Antigonish-Guysborough and five per cent of Sackville-Musquodoboit Valley-Eastern Shore in the southwest. Pictou-Antigonish-Guysborough riding was created from 67 per cent of Central Nova and 46 per cent of Cape Breton-Highlands-Canso.

Population: 73,639

Political History
Conservative Peter MacKay had no trouble holding on to this seat in 2004, beating the next most popular candidate, New Democrat Alexis MacDonald, by nearly 6,000 votes. MacKay was elected leader of the PCs in 2003. The PCs were replaced by the Conservative Party of Canada and MacKay did not run for the leadership.

In the former Central Nova riding, Liberal H.B. McCulloch was MP from 1935 until the 1957 election. PC Russell MacEwan won in Pictou/Central Nova from 1957 to 1968. PC Elmer MacKay, Peter MacKay's father, won the 1971 byelection and then won four general elections. He was appointed minister of regional economic expansion in the Joe Clark government and resigned in 1983 to create a vacancy for new Tory Leader Brian Mulroney.

Mulroney won in the 1983 byelection by 11,024 votes, but in the 1984 election he ran in Manicougan, Que. Elmer MacKay won again in 1984 and 1988. He served as solicitor general, minister of national revenue, minister of public works, minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. In 1993, Liberal Roseanne Skoke won this riding.

1997, 2000, 2004 - PC, CON


Peter MacKay

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birth date: Sept. 27, 1965
Age: 40
Birthplace: New Glasgow, N.S.

Education: Acadia University, BA, 1987. Dalhousie, law degree, 1990.
Profession: Lawyer
Marital status: Single
Career background: Lawyer in private practice, New Glasgow, focusing on criminal and family law (1991-92). Worked for Thyssen Henschel Company in Germany (1992-93). Crown attorney, N.S. Public Prosecution Service; prosecuted criminal matters at the youth, provincial and Supreme Court levels (1992-97)

Community activities: Fundraising/education for Big Brothers and YM/YWCA. Pictou County Senior Rugby Club. Served on board of directors for New Leaf and Tearmann House (home for abused women and children)

Electoral History
Federal: Elected in Pictou-Antigonish-Guysborough in 1997, 2000. Elected in Central Nova in 2004. Elected leader of Progressive Conservative Party of Canada on May 31, 2003. On Dec. 7, 2003, the new Conservative Party of Canada was registered as a party to replace PC Party.

Political History
Committee: Former member: Justice and Human Rights; subcommittee on Corrections and Conditional Release Act of Justice and Human Rights; subcommittee on Organized Crime of Justice and Human Rights; subcommittee on National Security of Justice and Human Rights; subcommittee on the study of sport in Canada; special committee on the modernization and improvement of the procedures of the House of Commons; Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Member: Subcommittee on Public Safety and National Security of Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Caucus: June 19, 1997-2003, House leader. Former critic areas: Solicitor General; Justice; Public Security; Prime Minister. Critic for: Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; Deputy PM. March 22, 2004, appointed deputy leader

Campaign Address:
New Glasgow:
(902) 752-2308
Sheet Harbour:
(902) 885-2420
(902) 485-6539
Riding Address:
980 East River Road, New Glasgow, N.S.
(902) 752-0269
Ottawa Address:
House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. Tel: (613) 992-6022

David Orton

Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth date:
Age: 71
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Helga
Children: One daughter: Karen. Two from first marrage: Karl and Johanna

Campaign Office:
(902) 925-2514

Dan Walsh

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birthplace: New Glasgow, N.S.

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Theresa Grant
Children: Three adult children - Shane, Shannon and Christopher

Career background: Is a sergeant with the Town of Trenton Municipal Police Service

Community activities: Has addressed countless audiences as a motivational speaker, about issues such as drug awareness, bullying, sexual assault and abuse, violence against women, racism and firearm safety. Has coached hockey, basketball, baseball and rugby.

Campaign Offices:
150 Provost Street, New Glasgow, N.S.
363 Faulkland Street, Pictou, N.S.
291 Main Street, Antigonish, NS
(902) 752-4987

Allan Bezanson

Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Profession: Typesetter

Marital Status: Married
Children: Two

Political History: Became politically active at Dalhousie University in the early 1970s. For many years was a student organizer at community colleges and universities in Nova Scotia and BC.

Campaign Contact:

Alexis MacDonald

Party: New Democratic Party

Age: 28

Education: Holds a BA in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University. Currently pursuing an adult education certificate

Career background: Co-ordinator for the Xtending Hope Partnership, a project based at St. Francis Xavier University supporting the fight against HIV and AIDS in Africa. Former youth programs co-ordinator at the Coady International Institute. Former Canada World Youth project supervisor in Canada and Jamaica. Former vice-president of the St. FX Students Union and student senator. Recently served as acting executive director for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which funds grassroots HIV/AIDS groups in Africa

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Central Nova in 2004.

Campaign Address:
Main Street, Trenton
(902) 755-4243
Sheet Harbour
(902) 885-3028
(902) 863-5589

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