West Nova

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West Nova
Flag of Nova Scotia.svg Nova Scotia electoral district
West nova map.png
West Nova in relation to the other Nova Scotia federal electoral districts
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Greg Kerr
Conservative
District created 1966
First contested 1968
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 83,654
Electors (2011) 67,722
Area (km²)[1] 8,882.18
Pop. density (per km²) 9.4
Census divisions Annapolis, Digby, Kings, Yarmouth
Census subdivisions Annapolis Royal, Berwick, Bridgetown, Digby, Middleton, Yarmouth

West Nova (French: Nova-Ouest) (formerly South West Nova) is a federal electoral district in Nova Scotia, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1968.

The district is rural with a few small towns and communities located along the coast. The riding has been called a microcosm of rural Canada because it includes fishing, farming, tourism, small business and an English-French mix.[2] The riding is noted as having the highest Baptist proportion in Canada at 28%.[3]

The riding tends to have socially conservative views. In the 1990s, Harry Verran was able to win the district as a Liberal in part due to his socially conservative views, including campaigning against same-sex marriage.[4]

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in 1966 from Digby—Annapolis—Kings and Shelburne—Yarmouth—Clare ridings. In 1996, Seal Island was added and the name was changed from South West Nova to West Nova. In 2004, 20 percent of Kings—Hants was added to the district.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
2001 88,257 —    
2006 86,393 −2.1%
2011 83,654 −3.2%

From the 2006 census [5]

Ethnic groups:

Languages:

Religions:

Education:

  • No certificate, diploma or degree: 35.4%
  • High school certificate: 20.5%
  • Apprenticeship or trade certificate or diploma: 13.6%
  • Community college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma: 18.4%
  • University certificate or diploma: 12.1%

Income:

  • Per capita income: $19,450
  • Median household income: $40,290
  • Median family income: $48,969
  • Average house value: $133,217

Median Age:

  • 43.6

Unemployment:

  • 11.3%

Geography[edit]

It reaches from Berwick in Kings County (it only includes the western part of Kings County) down through Annapolis County, Digby County and Yarmouth County, ending at the Yarmouth-Shelburne border.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
South Western Nova
Riding created from Digby—Annapolis—Kings
and Shelburne—Yarmouth—Clare
28th  1968 − 1972     Louis-Roland Comeau Progressive Conservative
29th  1972 − 1974     Charles Haliburton Progressive Conservative
30th  1974 − 1979     Coline Campbell Liberal
Riding renamed — South West Nova
31st  1979 − 1980     Charles Haliburton Progressive Conservative
32nd  1980 − 1984     Coline Campbell Liberal
33rd  1984 − 1988     Gerald Comeau Progressive Conservative
34th  1988 − 1993     Coline Campbell Liberal
35th  1993 − 1997     Harry Verran Liberal
Riding renamed — West Nova
36th  1997 − 2000     Mark Muise Progressive Conservative
37th  2000 − 2004     Robert Thibault Liberal
38th  2004 − 2006
39th  2006 − 2008
40th  2008 − 2011     Greg Kerr Conservative
41st  2011 − Present

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Greg Kerr 20,204 47.04 +7.10
Liberal Robert Thibault 15,632 36.39 +0.24
New Democratic George Barron 5,631 13.11 -3.78
Green Ross Johnson 1,487 3.46 -1.55
Total valid votes/Expense limit 42,954 100.00
Total rejected ballots 356 0.82 +0.10
Turnout 43,310 63.95 +1.2
Eligible voters 67,287
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Greg Kerr 16,779 39.94 +1.83 $70,657
Liberal Robert Thibault 15,185 36.15 -3.09 $65,606
New Democratic George Barron 7,097 16.89 -1.94 $12,741
Green Ronald Mills 2,106 5.01 +2.71 $230
Independent Cindy M. Nesbitt 844 2.01 $10,570
Total valid votes 42,011 100.00
Total rejected ballots 304 0.72
Turnout 42,315 62.8
     Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -2.46
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Robert Thibault 17,734 39.24 -3.42 $72,735
Conservative Greg Kerr 17,222 38.11 +5.06 $54,065
New Democratic Arthur Bull 8,511 18.83 -2.30 $25,355
Green Matthew Granger 1,040 2.30 -0.92 $193
Independent Ken Griffiths 681 1.51 $2,576
Total valid votes 45,189 100.00
     Liberal hold Swing -4.24
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Robert Thibault 18,343 42.66 +6.57 $49,127
Conservative Jon Charles Carey 14,209 33.05 -1.06 $119,570
New Democratic Arthur Bull 9,086 21.13 +9.90 $18,596
Green Matthew Granger 1,385 3.22 $0.00
Total valid votes 42,996 100.00

Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Robert Thibault 12,783 36.09 +10.39 $57,653
Progressive Conservative Mark Muise 12,080 34.11 -0.20 34,692
Alliance Mike Donaldson 6,581 18.58 -0.23 $32,417
New Democratic Phil Roberts 3,976 11.23 -9.23 $14,118
Total valid votes 35,420 100.00

Results for the Canadian Alliance from 1997 are based on the results of its predecessor, the Reform Party.

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Mark Muise 13,187 34.31 +11.64 $37,592
Liberal Harry Verran 9,877 25.70 -29.19 $47,082
New Democratic Brian Noble 7,862 20.46 +14.87 $4,426
Reform Betty Cox 7,229 18.81 +3.66 $25,210
Natural Law Neeraj Lakhanpal 275 0.72 -0.98 $0.00
Total valid votes 38,430 100.00

South West Nova[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Harry Verran 20,530 54.89 +4.88
Progressive Conservative Yvon Joseph Thibault 8,478 22.67 -18.84
Reform Louis Mason 5,667 15.15
New Democratic Peter Zavitz 2,090 5.59 -0.10
Natural Law Gregg Murphy 636 1.70
Total valid votes 37,401 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Coline Campbell 21,062 50.01 +8.16
Progressive Conservative Gerald Comeau 17,482 41.51 -9.08
New Democratic Peter Zavitz 2,396 5.69 -1.86
Christian Heritage Angus M. McLean 1,172 2.78
Total valid votes 42,112 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Gerald Comeau 20,604 50.59 +13.78
Liberal Coline Campbell 17,044 41.85 -7.97
New Democratic Bob Ritchie 3,076 7.55 -5.25
Total valid votes 40,724 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Coline Campbell 19,151 49.82 +5.65
Progressive Conservative Charles Haliburton 14,151 36.81 -7.66
New Democratic John Lee 4,922 12.80 +1.44
Independent Anne Trudell 216 0.56
Total valid votes 38,440 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Charles Haliburton 16,512 44.47 -0.64
Liberal Coline Campbell 16,398 44.17 -4.93
New Democratic Ian MacPherson 4,217 11.36 +6.11
Total valid votes 37,127 100.00

South Western Nova[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Coline Campbell 15,066 49.10 7.49
Progressive Conservative Charles Haliburton 13,841 45.11 -5.07
New Democratic Yvonne Coe 1,610 5.25 -1.77
Social Credit Cecilia Zwicker 164 0.53 -0.67
Total valid votes 30,681 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Charles Haliburton 15,039 50.18 -2.15
Liberal Fulton Logan 12,471 41.61 -2.61
New Democratic Lawrence Meuse 2,104 7.02 +4.66
Social Credit Charles Paddock 359 1.20
Total valid votes 29,973 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Louis-Roland Comeau 14,543 52.33
Liberal John Stewart 12,290 44.22
New Democratic Rae Gilman 655 2.36
Independent PC N. Evan Atkinson 293 1.05
Total valid votes 27,791 100.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stastistics Canada: 2012
  2. ^ CBC riding profile
  3. ^ Tony Hill (2002). Canadian politics, riding by riding: an in-depth analysis of Canada's 301 federal electoral districts. Winnipeg: Prospect Park Press. ISBN 0-9723436-0-1. 
  4. ^ Petition openparliament.ca
  5. ^ http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/data/cen06/profiles/detail_b/FED12011.pdf West Nova's census profile