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Riding Profiles
Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Ernest Fage Conservative 4553 61.2% X
Marsh G. Fox Liberal 1444 19.41%
Kim Cail New Democrat 1106 14.87%
Jason Blanch Independent 337 4.53%
 Last Update Tue Aug 5 10:44:24 ADT 2003 43 of 43 polls reporting


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Liberal: Marsh Fox
NDP: Kim Cail
PC: Ernie Fage
IND: Jason Blanch

Current MLA: Ernie Fage (PC), Minister of Energy

Riding Profile: Cumberland North borders the Northumberland Strait. Its main population and service center is the town of Amherst, across the border from New Brunswick. The riding stretches east to Malagash, home of the Jost Winery, and includes Windsor Salt and a pewter manufacturing business in Pugwash. Outside the town, agriculture, maple syrup production and tourism are important secondary industries.

The major employers are in Amherst: IMP Aerospace, Poly-Cello, the new hospital, grocery stores and school board. The economy has been relatively stable in the last few years with unemployment dipping below the provincial average at about 10.5 per cent. Natural gas service is expected to arrive in Amherst, one of the first areas in the province to receive the service, late this year. Educational levels mirror the province's, with 46 per cent having
high school or some post-secondary training.

The population is 18,230 and the average income is $22,040.



Issues: Sunday shopping (how much to allow) divides people in this area; poor secondary roads and high cost of car insurance, the shortage of family doctors and medical personnel to maintain health services.


Political History: In 1993, the riding name was changed from Cumberland East to Cumberland North and one poll was added from Cumberland West. Former PC Premier Roger Bacon held this riding from 1970 until 1993. It tradiitonally votes Tory.

In 1993, LIB Ross Bragg won the seat, the first time the Tories had lost in 40 years.

1999: PC Ernie Fage received 5,936 votes (71 per cent) to defeat LIB Kathy Langille 1,595 and NDP Doug Wilson at 856.
1998: PC Ernie Fage defeated LIB Russell Scott by 3,013 votes.
1997: PC Ernie Fage defeated LIB Russell Scott by 2,831 votes in a by-election after the LIB incumbent died.
1993: LIB Ross Bragg defeated PC Ernie Fage by 1,251 votes to win the seat. Bragg died of cancer in 1997.
1988: PC Roger Bacon defeated LIB Carolyn Drysdale by 1,482 votes.

Voter Turnout: was low, at 62 per cent in 1999.




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 Overall Election Results
Party E L T Pop. Vote %
PC 25 0 25 36.33%
NDP 15 0 15 31.01%
LIB 12 0 12 31.44%
OTH 0 0 0 1.22%
 Last Update Tue Aug 5 10:44:24 ADT 2003


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