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DISTRICT: Victoria-les-Lacs
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Keith BainPC300147.48%X
Gerald SampsonLIB227235.94%
Joan O'LiariNDP75511.94%
Michelle SmithGREEN1732.74%
Stemer MacLeodIND1201.9%
June 19, 4:26:45 PM ADT 1 of 1 polls reporting




Current MLA: Gerald Sampson (LIB)

Riding Profile: This district was created in the redistribution of 2003. It includes part of the former Cape Breton-The Lakes riding, which was dissolved. It includes the County of Victoria and part of Cape Breton County. It's a very rural riding, stretching from Boulardrie Island in the east, skirting the Bras d'Or lakes to the village of Baddeck, and then heading north to the tip of the island.

This riding is home to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, the Gaelic College.

The Eskasoni and the Wagmatcook First Nations also make Victoria-The Lakes home. Most people make their living from tourism, fishing, or jobs in the service sector. Aspy Bay Fisheries in Dingwall is a major employer.

The population is 14,560 and the average income is $22,300. Educational levels are below the provincial average.


Issues: Roads are the big one, especially the Cabot Trail which is in very poor shape, even though it's the tourism flagship of the island. Foreign ownership of land is also very much on the radar screen. Recent school announcements seem to have defused educational concerns.


Political History: This is a new riding although it includes much of the former Victoria riding, which in the past voted Liberal. Kenny MacAskill, who didn't run in the last election, held the seat for the Liberals since 1988. In 2003 another Liberal candidate, Gerald Sampson, was elected.

2003: LIB Gerald Sampson garnered 36 per cent of the vote, and defeated PC Keith Bain by 248 votes. NDP Nancy MacKeigan came in third with 934 (15 per cent). IND Brian Boudreau got 750 votes (12 per cent) and IND Steimer MacLeod got 264 (4 per cent).

Voter Turnout: 84 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 - 50 Victoria-The Lakes

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