Shelburne has one of the largest natural harbours in the world and Lunenburg is home of the famous fishing schooner, the Bluenose. In recent years, Lunenburg County has become known as the Christmas Tree Capital of Canada. The major industry in the riding is manufacturing with some fishing and a small forestry industry.
Almost 97 per cent of the population cite English as their mother tongue. The total immigrant population is slightly more than four per cent, according to the 2001 census. The average family income is $52,215 with unemployment of 10.4 per cent.
In 2004, eight per cent of Halifax West was added in the southeast and the riding was renamed South Shore-St. Margaret's. The riding of South Shore was established in 1966 from a major part of Queens-Lunenburg and parts of Shelburne-Yarmouth-Clare and Halifax. In the 1996 redistribution, Seal Island moved into West Nova.
In the former Queens-Lunenburg or Lunenburg ridings, Liberal Robert Winters served three terms, in 1945, 1949, and 1953. PC Lloyd Crouse first won in 1957 and went on to be elected to 11 terms in the riding, winning his last election in 1984. In 1988, PC Peter McCreath won.
1968-88 inclusive - PC
Party: Christian Heritage Party
Profession: Retired military officer
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Ellen
Children: One son and one daughter
Military background: He attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class and retired with a Certificate of Service and Canadian Decoration after 25 years of military service.
Community Activities: He is a deacon at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Federal: Defeated in Kings-Hants in 2004
Party: CHP Nova Scotia president, deputy leader
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: Feb. 15, 1953
Birthplace: Nova Scotia
Education: BA (History) from Acadia in 1975
Marital status: Partner
Name of spouse: Judy
Children: Benjamin and Joshua
Career background: Owner and operator of a small business since 1977; a Christmas tree grower and exporter. Offshore drill operator (1980-88). Sheep farmer
Community activities: Former member, New Ross High School Board of Trustees. Past president and charter member, New Ross Historical Society. Past president, Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia (1990-92). Past director, Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association. Member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 79
Municipal: Former trustee New Ross Consolidated School Board.
Federal: Elected in South Shore in 1997, 2000 and 2004
Committee: Former member of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; Agriculture and Agri-Food; Fisheries and Oceans; Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources; Procedure and House Affairs; Public Accounts; subcommittee on electoral boundaries readjustment of procedure and House affairs; subcommittee on matters related to the review of the office of the privacy commissioner of the standing committee on government operations and estimates; subcommittee on private members' business of procedure and House affairs; joint committee on the Library of Parliament
Caucus: Former PC deputy whip and whip. Former critic areas: Natural Resources; Indian Affairs and Northern Development; Fisheries and Oceans; Public Accounts; Parliamentary Affairs; International Trade (Resource Promotion; Question Period director; from January 2004.
388 King Street, Bridgewater, N.S.
82 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, NS
Room 704 Justice Bldg
House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: On the South Shore
Education: BA with a major in international relations from the University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of Park View Education Centre in Bridgewater.
Community activities: Involved with Bridgewater's Second Storey Women's Centre, a local Amnesty International group, the YMCA, and the LaHave Manor in Dayspring
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Lockeport, N.S.
Career background:Mayor of Lockeport for the past six years. He is chair of the Joint Services Board for the Towns of Lockeport, Shelburne, as well as Shelborne Municipality. He is also chair of the Shelburne and area industrial commission, chair of the Southwest Shore energy committee and the treasurer of the Southwest Shore Development Authority.
Municipal: Mayor of Lockeport for six years.
557 King Street, Bridgewater, NS B4V 1B3
Tel.: (902) 543-9368
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth date: Feb. 27, 1943
Education: Graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School before going on to the University of King's College where he received a BA in 1963. Completed post-graduate studies in sociology at Dalhousie University
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Jane
Children: Three children and six long-term foster children
Career background:Worked with Department of Public Welfare in Nova Scotia. After a year of assessing welfare claims in Halifax, he moved to Digby where he worked for three years as social development officer. Hired as first staff person for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 1968. By 1971, promoted to chief human rights officer for Nova Scotia. Assistant to Nova Scotia's first ombudsman, 1972-82. Provincial ombudsman for Manitoba; was reappointed and served the maximum two terms allowed under Manitoba law. (1982-93). He then returned to Nova Scotia and became deputy minister for the Department of Housing and Consumer Affairs. Took early retirement in 1996 to work with young people.
Community activities:Founded Hammonds Plains Karate Club, which aims to bring youth from different backgrounds and communities together for recreational and social activities. Member of Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia. Honorary board member of N.S. Home for Coloured Children. He and his wife have served as foster parents.
Federal: Elected in Halifax West in 1997, becoming Nova Scotia's first-ever black member of Parliament; defeated in 2000, in South Shore-St.Margaret's in 2004.
Committee: Former member of Citizenship and Immigration; associate member of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; Canadian Heritage; and National Defence and Veterans Affairs
Caucus: Former critic areas: Aboriginal Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration, Multiculturalism, Defence, Veterans Affairs and Multiculturalism
Toll free: 1-888-276-9494
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