It is a largely rural and fairly conservative riding, but its conservatism is in the Red Tory tradition of the rest of the Maritimes, i.e., there is a strong concern for social programs.
In 1996, it was renamed "Kings—Hants". In 2003, it was given its current boundaries: the area encompassed by the provincial electoral district of Kings West was removed from Kings—Hants and added to West Nova. There will be no territory changes as a result of the 2012 federal electoral redistribution.
Changes from 2000 are based on redistributed results. Changes for Liberal candidate Scott Brison from 2000 are based on the Liberal Party's results. He received +6.48% votes from his results as a Progressive Conservative. Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals. Change for independent candidate Richard Hennigar is based on his 2000 results as a Natural Law candidate (results not redistributed).
All changes are based on the 2000 by-election, except the Liberal Party and the Natural Law Party, which did not field a candidate; and Communist Party candidate Graham Jake MacDonald, who ran as an Independent.
Changes from the 1988 election for both Progressive Conservative candidate Jim White and Independent candidate Pat Nowlan are based on the same 1988 result, when Pat Nowlan ran as a Progressive Conservative. Independent Rik Gates was the youngest candidate to run for MP at the age of twenty two.