Current MLA: Roger Fitzgerald (PC).
District profile: A rural district with dependence on fishing, forestry and agriculture. Tourism has had emerging importance in the local economy.
Communities include: Bonavista, Birchy Cove, Bloomfield, Brooklyn, Charleston, Catalina, Duntara, Elliston, Hodderville, Jameston, Keels, Kings Cove, Knights Cove, Lethbridge, Little Catalina, Lower Amherst Cove, Melrose, Middle Amherst Cove, Morley's Siding, Newman's Cove, Open Hall, Plate Cove East, Plate Cove West, Portland, Port Union, Princeton, Red Cliff, Siding, Spillar's Cove, Southern Bay, Stock Cove, Summerville, Sweet Bay, Tickle Cove, Upper Amherst Cove, Winter Brook.
The district remained mostly intact after the 2007 redistribution, retaining 94 per cent of its original territory.
2003: PC incumbent Roger Fitzgerald cruised to victory, winning almost 80 per cent of the total vote to beat for Liberal hopeful and former Bonavista mayor Betty Fitzgerald (no relation).
1999: Fitzgerald defeated Liberal George Clements by 2,728 votes.
1996: After a redistribution, Fitzgerald squared off against Kay Young, the Liberal member of neighbouring Terra Nova district, winning the race by 2,307 votes.
1993: Ftizgerald defeated Liberal MHA Aubrey Gover.
1989: Gover defeated Fitzgerald by 20 votes, in one of several tight races that brought the Liberals to power.
1959 - 1989: From 1959 to 1971, Bonavista South was home to Liberal Ross Barbour. He was succeeded by the colourful PC politician, Jim Morgan. A cabinet minister under premiers Frank Moores and Brian Peckford, Morgan held the seat through four elections before retiring in 1989.
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