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 DISTRICT: THE STRAITS AND WHITE BAY NORTH
Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Trevor Taylor Conservative 3126 62.45% X
Don McDonald Liberal 1802 36%
Ford Mitchelmore Non-Affiliated 78 1.56%
 Last Update Tue Oct 21 10:57:10 NDT 2003 44 of 44 polls reporting


 

THE STRAITS AND WHITE BAY NORTH (40)

 

Candidates:
Liberal: Don McDonald
PC: Trevor Taylor
Non-Affiliated: Ford Mitchelmore

Current MHA: Trevor Taylor (PC)

District Profile: The Straits - White Bay North has been the heart of Liberal country. Up until the last byelection, the district elected Liberal candidates, making it what many assumed to be the safest Liberal seat in the province. It covers the top of the economically depressed Northern Peninsula, an area that has seen many people move away in search of work since the 1992 cod moratorium. It is home to the World Heritage Site Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows.

The main communities include St. Anthony, Conche, Roddickton, Griquet and Quirpon. District also includes communities of: Bide Arm, Big Brook, Cape Norman, Cook's Harbour, Croque, Eddie's Cove, Englee, Flower's Cove, Great Brehat, Green Island Brook, Green Island Cove, Goose Cove, Goose Cove East, Hay Cove, Lower Cove, Main Brook, Nameless Cove, Noddy Bay, North Boat Harbour, North East Crouse, Pine Cove, Raleigh, St. Anthony Bight, St. Carol's, St. Julien's, St. Lunaire-Griquet, Sandy Cove, Save Cove, Ship Cove-Cape Onion, and Wild Bight.

Canada Now's Doug Greer prepared this advance look at the district of the Straits and White Bay North (runs 2:52). video icon

 

 


Candidate profiles:


PC Trevor Taylor has been extensively involved with the fishery. He is a past executive board member of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' Union. Taylor served two terms as a member of the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council. He has taught off-campus fisheries courses for the Marine Institute and is a board member of the White Bay North Rural Development Association. Taylor, a fisherman who fished cod until the moratorium in 1992, was skipper for three years of a 55-foot shrimp/crab boat, Cull's Eclipse.

Liberal Don McDonald, 40, is from Goose Cove, near St. Anthony. He’s worked with several companies and development organizations, and currently is employed by ICU Medical. Between 1994 and 1998, McDonald was deputy mayor of St. Anthony. He’s also served on the boards of development groups in the region.

Ford Mitchelmore is on the ballot as an independent this time. In 1999, he ran for the PCs and took 25 per cent of the vote. He also ran in the 2001 byelection and got just 160 votes. In 2001, Mitchelmore joined with a group of fishermen to create Seafood Harvesters Independent Producers (SHIP) in an effort to sell their catches for higher prices than were being paid by most processors.

 

 
 


Political History:

1999 - 2001: In 1999 Liberal Brian Tobin defeated PC Ford Mitchelmore, bringing in over 74 per cent of the votes. When Tobin quit to run federally the voters showed their displeasure by electing fisherman and union activist Trevor Taylor in the 2001 byelection. Taylor beat Liberal Ross Pilgrim by 216 votes.
1989 - 1996: Decker was successful in keeping the seat in 1989, 1993, and 1996.
1975 - 1985: In 1975 Liberal leader Ed Roberts won the seat. He held it until 1985, when he first left politics. Liberal Chris Decker defeated New Democrat Max Short by 1, 706 votes.

 

 


 

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 Overall Election Results
Party E L T Pop. Vote %
PC 34 0 34 58.72%
LIB 12 0 12 33.19%
NDP 2 0 2 6.87%
OTH 0 0 0 1.22%
 Last Update Tue Oct 21 10:57:10 NDT 2003

 
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