The district is notable for the electoral loss of Liberal leader Francis MacKenzie, in the 2006 election. MacKenzie attempted to win the seat in 2006 for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. The party polled less than 24% across the province. He lost by more than 800 votes to Len Goucher.
With the electoral boundary changes announced on September 12, 2012, Bedford-Birch Cove was renamed 'Bedford'. The area of Kearney Lake and Birch Cove moved to Clayton Park West.