30 New Brunswick Southwest
This large rural riding is in New Brunswick's southwest corner, bounded on the east by the U.S. and in the south by the Bay of Fundy. Part of the northern border is the Saint John River. Communities include Gagetown, Grand Bay-Westfield, St. Andrews, Cambridge-Narrows, Tracy, St. Stephen, St. George, McAdam and part of Woodstock. Deer, Campobello and Grand Manan islands are here, as is the Kingsclear reserve.
Of the 63,472 residents counted in the 2001 census, slightly more than three per cent are francophone and just over four per cent are immigrants.
Manufacturing is the major industry in this riding. Also important are fishing, forestry and agriculture. The average family income is $53,276 and unemployment is 13.7 per cent.
The St. Croix-Belleisle riding was formed in 2004 by taking 90 per cent
of Charlotte-New Brunswick Southwest and adding in 11 per cent of Fundy-Royal.
Charlotte-New Brunswick Southwest had been created in 1996, with the majority
of its residents coming from the old Carleton-Charlotte riding.
Tories have dominated this area in every race since 1968, save for one.
That election was in 1993, when Liberal Harold Culbert squeaked past the
one-term incumbent, Tory Greg Thompson, by 811 votes. It was sweet revenge
for Culbert, who'd been beaten by Thompson in 1988. But Thompson turned
the tables in 1997, unseating Culbert by more than 6,000 votes. Since
then, Thompson has held the seat from the Liberals with similarly large
margins, defeating Winston Gamblin in 2000 and Jim Dunlap in 2004.
Riding of Charlotte established in 1867. Riding became St.Croix-Belleisle
in 2004 redistribution.
1867, 1872 - CON
1874-96 - LIB
1900, 1904 - CON
1908 - LIB
1911-30 inclusive - CON
1935-57 inclusive - LIB
1958 - PC
1962, 1963, 1965 - LIB
1968-88 inclusive - PC
1993 - LIB
1997, 2000 - PC
2004 - CON
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: March 28, 1947
Birthplace: St. Stephen, N.B.
Education: St. Thomas University, BA (History), 1974; B.Ed., 1975
Career background: Currently operates: Shore Bed & Breakfast and Hearthside Furniture. 1975-1980, history teacher at Fundy High School. In 1980, began working as sales rep at auto dealerships.
In 1985, joined Investors Group as a financial planner
Community activities: Member, board of directors: Theatre N.B.; N.B. Drug & Alcohol Dependency Commission.
President School District 21 Teachers Association. Member, Charlotte County Hospital board of directors
Federal: Carleton-Charlotte: elected in 1988; defeated in 1993. Elected in Charlotte in 1997, in New Brunswick Southwest in 2000
Committee: Former member: Health; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Public Accounts;
subcommittee on children and youth at risk; subcommittee on combatting corruption of public accounts; subcommittee on the Status of
Persons with Disabilities; special committee on non-medical use of drugs; subcommittee on whistleblowing of the standing committee on
government operations and estimates; joint committee on scrutiny of regulations
Caucus: Former critic: Health; Human Resources Development; Treasury Board; Regional Development, Jan. 21/04 - CPC Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency critic
120 Milltown Blvd., St. Stephen, N.B., E3L 1G6
Stanley John Smith
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Profession: Businessman, former police officer
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sybil
Children: Debbie, Gail and Lisa
Career Background: He spent eight years on the St. George Police Department, five as a Sergeant. Self-employed from
1986-1997 and currently works at Jamer Materials
Community Activities: Member of the St. George Rotary Club and served as its president for two terms.
He is also involved in the Eastern Charlotte Lions Club, served as vice-president
Municipal: Mayor of St. George since 1992
Party: Green Party of Canada
Education: Master's degree in Education from University of New Brunswick, a B.Ed. from St. Thomas University and a BA from
Career background: Works as lead teacher/administrator for the Alternative Education Programme in the province of New Brunswick,
and is a contract consultant with Katimavik National Youth Programme
Community activities: Served two years as a Don in Residence at UNBF mentoring and working with student leaders, worked with
middle school At Risk Youth in an outdoor education environment with Partners for Youth, and worked as project leader for three years
with the National Youth Educational Programme Katimavik
Federal: Defeated in New Brunswick Southwest in 2004
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth Date: 1959
Birthplace: London, Ont.
Education: Attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
Marital Status: Single
Career Background: Woodworker and custom cabinetmaker by trade, also designs and builds harpsichords and pipe organs
Community Activities: Active in the effort to ban liquefied natural gas sites in Passamaquoddy Bay and working for Agent Orange
compensation from Base Gagetown
Provincial: Defeated in Western Charlotte in 1999 and 2003