|Candidate||Party||Vote Count||Pop. Vote||X|
|Tim Murphy||New Democrat||1277||12.11%|
Current MLA: Rodney MacDonald (PC), Minister of Tourism
The main population centres are Port Hood and Port Hawkesbury (which used to be part of Guysborough prior to the boundary change), as well as the village of Inverness.
The service sector employs the most people, while fishing, forestry and tourism are the mainstays of the economy.
The riding is home to the Inverness Miners Museum and the Margaree Salmon Museum.
A declining population and access to health services are big issues in the rural part of this riding. In the urban areas at the Strait, roadwork and a new civic center have been recently announced for Port Hawkesbury. School upgrades have also been promised.
The total population is 20,680 and the average income is $23,340. About 60 per cent of people in this riding have a high-school education or some post-secondary training. Unemployment runs about 16 per cent.
In the last election, 27-year-old Rodney MacDonald, a professional fiddler
and high-school teacher, won the seat for the Tories.
Voter Turnout: 78 per cent in 1999.