MOUNT PEARL SOUTH
Current MHA: Dave Denine (PC)
District profile: Mostly suburban, containing the majority of Mount Pearl, the district is prosperous. It includes the Donovans industrial park and has seen an expansion in big-box retail outlets in recent years. Formerly known as Mount Pearl, the area was renamed and the borders shifted in the 2007 redistribution. It retained 89 per cent of its original territory.
Political history: The district was created in 1975 and was a Tory stronghold for two decades, with PC Neil Windsor holding the seat from 1975 to 1995.
2003: PC Dave Denine took the riding, trouncing Liberal Wayne Ralph by 4,864 votes.
1996-2003: Liberal Julie Bettney defeated incumbent PC MHA Neil Windsor in 1996, amid the Brian Tobin near-sweep in that year’s election. She was re-elected in 1999. A breast cancer survivor, Bettney left politics before the 2003 election.
1975-1996: Neil Windsor was the first MHA to be elected in Mount Pearl district, created in a redistribution preceding the 1975 election, and came to be synonymous with the district for more than two decades. Windsor, an engineer, won the seat in six consecutive elections and was a powerful cabinet minister during the Brian Peckford era and an unsuccessful contender for the Tory leadership in 1989. Windsor backed legislation granting city status to Mount Pearl in 1988.
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