District Profiles

Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Pat Binns PC 1,527 55.15% X
Charlie McGeoghegan LIB 1,130 40.81%
Ahmon Katz GRN 112 4.04%
Updated: Nov. 29, 2007 02:25 AST 11 of 11 polls reporting

Belfast-Murray River (4)

PC Pat Binns
LIB Charlie McGeoghegan
GREEN Ahmon Katz

District Profile:

This is a new district for the 2007 election, including the larger sections of the former districts of Belfast-Pownal Bay and Murray River-Gaspereaux, Premier Pat Binns's riding.

Belfast-Murray River, which runs east to west along the south shore, contains a mix of communities. In the east is Wood Islands, home of the ferry that is central to the economy of the eastern end of the Island. In the central part of the riding is a cluster of communities known collectively as Belfast, an area that has its own development corporation, and where the economy is largely agricultural, with some fishery and aquaculture activities.

The former Murray River-Gaspereaux riding, on the southeastern corner of P.E.I., is largely rural. Fishing is the backbone of the local economy, as the land is not well suited to farming. The vital cogs of the fishing industry are the lobster fishery out of Murray Harbour (pop. 357) and Murray River (pop. 435)

The lobster cannery in Graham's Pond closed down with the failure of Polar Foods. It was converted for mussel processing, but trouble with tunicates in the area's mussel fishery threaten the plant's future.

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Political History:
Belfast-Pownal Bay
2003 WILLIAM MACDONALD (PC) edged SARAH JANE BELL (LIB) by 240 votes.
2000 MacDonald beat ERNIE MUTCH (LIB) by 674 votes.
1996 MacDonald squeaked past LYNWOOD MACPHERSON (LIB), winning by 33 votes.
Murray River-Gaspareaux
2003 PAT BINNS (PC) beat MICHELLE JOHNSTON (LIB) by 959 votes.
2000 Binns defeated ANDY CLAREY (LIB) by 981 votes.
1996 Binns edged BARRY W. HICKEN (LIB) by 287 votes.

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Overall Election Results
Party Elected Leading Total Vote Share
LIB 23 0 23 52.93%
PC 4 0 4 41.35%
GRN 0 0 0 3.04%
NDP 0 0 0 1.96%
OTH 0 0 0 0.73%
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2007, 02:25 AST

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