Posted: Jul 29, 2014 1:59 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 03, 2014 11:05 AM ET
Carleton-Victoria is rural riding that is in western New Brunswick. The riding includes portions of different 81 municipalities, local service districts and First Nations. The largest communities in the riding include Plaster Rock, Perth-Andover, Florenceville-Bristol, Centreville, Bath and Aroostook.
Agriculture and forestry are significant economic drivers in most communities in the riding. In particular, the region is known for its dominance in the potato industry. Florenceville-Bristol is known as the French Fry Capital of the World and is the hometown of McCain Foods Ltd.
Mother tongueSource: Statistics Canada
Distribution of the electorateSource: Statistics Canada
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This demographic information is from Statistics Canada's 2011 census. The New Brunswick provincial average for mother tongue is 34 per cent French, 63 per cent English, and three per cent other. On average, the New Brunswick electorate is distributed in four different kinds of areas. Thirty-six per cent live in a city, 32 per cent in a non-municipality, 30 per cent in a municipality, and two per cent in a rural area.
Carleton-Victoria is a new riding that includes portions of the former ridings of Carleton and Victoria-Tobique.
The two ridings both voted for Progressive Conservatives in the 2010 election. However, the ridings had previous split between the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives.
Progressive Conservative Wes McLean defeated long-time Liberal Larry Kennedy in 2010 in the former riding of Victoria-Tobique. Kennedy had served from 1987 to 2010. McLean announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014. McLean was charged with impaired driving in February 2013 and pleaded guilty in May 2013.
Progressive Conservative Dale Graham was first elected in 1993 in a byelection in the former riding of Carleton North. He has been re-elected in each election since 1993 and has served in various cabinet positions. He also served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 2010 to 2014. Graham announced that he would not run again in 2014.
2010 Provincial election results
|Progressive Conservative||Wes McLean||2,687|
|NDP||O. David Burns||97|
|Green Party||Wayne Sabine||120|
|Progressive Conservative||Dale Graham||3,885|
|Green Party||Tegan Wong-Daughtery||380|
|Progressive Conservative||Colin Lockhart|
|Green Party||Garth Farquhar|
|Terrence (Terry) ritchie||Independent|