|DISTRICT: CUMBERLAND NORTH|
|Candidate||Party||Vote Count||Pop. Vote||X|
|Marsh G. Fox||Liberal||1444||19.41%|
|Kim Cail||New Democrat||1106||14.87%|
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
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.
In 1993, LIB Ross Bragg won the seat, the first time the Tories had lost in 40 years.
Voter Turnout: was low, at 62 per cent in 1999.