THE STRAITS-WHITE BAY NORTH
Current MHA: Trevor Taylor (PC)
District profile: It covers the top of the economically depressed Northern Peninsula, an area that has seen many people move in search of work since the 1992 cod moratorium. It's home to the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO world heritage site. 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. In the 2007 redistribution, it added five per cent of St. Barbe.
Political history: Up until the 2001 byelection, the district elected only Liberal candidates, making it what many assumed to be the safest Liberal seat in the province.
2003: PC Trevor Taylor crushed Liberal Don McDonald, with over 60 per cent of the vote.
2001: In a historic upset, Taylor won a January 2001 byelection, defeating Liberal Ross Pilgrim by 216 votes. Voters in the area had never elected a non-Liberal before.
1999-2000: Liberal Premier Brian Tobin ran in the district, after representing Bay of Islands district during his first term. Tobin, who took almost 75 per cent of the votes, resigned in October 2000 to re-enter federal politics.
1985-1999: Liberal Chris Decker represented the district (then known as Strait of Belle Isle) for 14 years. A sharp critic in Opposition, he served in the Clyde Wells and Brian Tobin cabinets, holding such portfolios as health, education and justice.
1975–1985: Liberal Ed Roberts, who was elected three times in White Bay North, represented Strait of Belle Isle for a decade. Roberts was party leader during the 1975 election.
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