Current MHA: Jim Baker (PC)
District profile: Known as the iron ore capital of Canada with two modern mining communities: Labrador City and Wabush. With both mines unionized, the area is considered a strong base of labour support. The district was not changed in the 2007 redistribution.
Political history: Originally the district of Menihek but in the redistribution of 1995, it reverted to its old name of Labrador West. The seat has traded between the PCs and the NDP.
March 2007: PC Jim Baker won a tightly contested byelection, called after NDP MHA Randy Collins resigned his seat. Collins had been named in 2006 reports on the legislative spending scandal by Auditor General John Noseworthy, but said his resignation was unrelated.
2003: Collins won easily, beating PC Graham Letto by more than 1,600 votes.
1999: Collins defeated incumbent Liberal Perry Canning by 156 votes.
1996: Canning beat PC Alec Snow in 1996 in the new Labrador West.
1989-1996: In 1989, Snow was elected, and held on to the seat in 1993.
1985-1989: New Democrat Peter Fenwick was re-elected in 1985. He did not run in 1989.
1984: In a breakthrough for the NDP, Peter Fenwick won Menihek in a byelection — the first electoral victory for the NDP in provincial political.
1979-1984: Tory Peter Walsh won Menihek in the 1979 and 1982 elections.
1975: PC Joseph Rousseau, who had represented the former district of Labrador West, was the first MHA elected in the then new district of Menihek.
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