Current MHA: Vacant seat
District profile: The economy depends heavily on fishing and sealing. While sealing has done well in recent years, the groundfishery remains poor. Richmont operates a gold mine near King's Point, and mineral exploration continues in the area.
Main communities are Baie Verte, Springdale, La Scie and Fleur de Lys. District also includes Beachside, Brent's Cove, Burlington, Coachman's Cove, Harbour Round, Harry's Harbour, Jackson's Cove, King's Point, Langdon's Cove, Little Bay, Little Bay Islands, Middle Arm, Ming’s Bight, Nicky's Nose Cove, Nipper's Harbour, Pacquet, Purbeck's Cove, Rattling Brook, Round Harbour, Sheppardville, Springdale, St. Patrick's, Seal Cove, Shoe Cove, Silverdale, Snooks Arm, Smith's Harbour, Tilt Cove, Westport, Wild Cove, Woodstock.
The district was known as Baie Verte until the 2007 redistribution, which added 28 per cent of the now-defunct Windsor-Springdale district while keeping the older territory intact.
Political history: The district has voted Tory since 1982, with the exception of a byelection. The district's borders shifted slightly south and west in the new redistribution, taking in small parts of the Humber Valley and the former Grand Falls-Buchans districts.
2007: Conservative incumbent Paul Shelley resigned in July, leaving the seat vacant. He left cabinet in January.
1993 - 2003: Shelley, a former aide to former premier Tom Rideout, defeated Liberal MHA Harold Small in 1993, and was re-elected in 1996, 1999 and 2003; in the last election, he defeated Liberal Maurice Budgell with nearly 75 per cent of the vote.
1991-1993: Liberal Harold Small won the Baie Verte-White Bay byelection after Rideout's departure from politics.
1982 - 1991: After crossing the floor to join the Progressive Conservatives, Tom Rideout held Baie Verte for another decade. Rideout was re-elected, as a Tory, in 1982, 1985 and 1989, when he ran as premier. [The Liberals formed the government that year.] After two years as Opposition leader, Rideout resigned in 1991 to pursue a law degree. He would return to provincial politics in 1999.
1975 - 1979: Rideout was elected as a Liberal in 1975 and 1979.
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