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DISTRICT: Pictou Ouest
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
C.L. (Charlie) ParkerNDP417354.89%X
Ron BailliePC258433.99%
Sandy MackayLIB6989.18%
Douglas Earl CorbettGREEN1471.93%
June 19, 4:26:45 PM ADT 1 of 1 polls reporting




Current MLA: C.L. "Charlie" Parker (NDP)

Riding Profile: Pictou West includes the western part of Pictou County to River John. Its northern boundary is the Northumberland Strait. The largest community is the town of Pictou.

The communities of Scotsburn and Saltsprings lie to the south of the town of Pictou. Residents of the rural part of the riding generally rely on agriculture, forestry and tourism along the Sunrise Trail.

Manufacturing employs nearly a quarter of the people. Granton is home to a Michelin Tire plant, which employs 1,500 and Kimberly Clark, a pulp-and-paper operation in Abercrombie, employs 400 people.

The population is 14,830 and the average income is $23,870. Educational levels are higher than average, with 37 per cent of citizens having some post-secondary training.


Issues: Unemployment is below the provincial average of 10 per cent and businesses are starting to worry about skilled labour shortages. Emigration by young people is an issue. So is the increasing centralization of health, banking and other services in Halifax. There is also a shortage of family doctors.


Political History: This is traditionally a PC Riding. Since 1956, the Liberals have won the seat just once, in 1974. The NDP have won it twice, in 1998 and 2003.

2003: NDP C.L. "Charlie" Parker garnered 44 per cent of the vote, with 3,410 votes. PC Paul Veniot came in second with 2,530. LIB Ed MacMaster got 1,639 and IND Doug Corbett got 163.
1999: PC Muriel Baillie defeated NDP Charlie Parker by 147 votes. LIB Paul Landry was a strong third, with just 1,000 votes separating him from the winner.
1998: NDP Charlie Parker squeaked past PC Luke Young by 33 votes to win the seat. LIB Rob McDowell took 20 per cent of the vote.
1993: PC Don McInnes defeated LIB Rob McDowell by 700 votes. NDP Sonny Campbell took 12 per cent of the vote.
1988: PC Don McInnes defeated LIB John Henderson by 1,546 votes.

Voter Turnout: nearly 81 per cent in 2003.


District Profiles

Overall Election Results
PartyElectedLeadingTotalVote Share
PC230 2339.57%
GRN00 0 2.33%
Last Update:June 19, 4:26:45 PM ADT

District Map

District map - 42 Pictou West

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