Clare (electoral district)

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Clare
Nova Scotia electoral district
Defunct provincial electoral district
Legislature Nova Scotia House of Assembly
District created 1949
District abolished 2013
Last contested 2009
Demographics
Population (2011) 8,307
Electors 6,905
Census divisions Digby County
Census subdivisions Municipality of the District of Clare

Clare is a former provincial electoral district in Nova Scotia, Canada which existed between 1949-2013. Prior to 1949, Clare was part of Digby district. It elected one member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. In its last configuration, the electoral district included the Municipality of the District of Clare, an Acadian area occupying the southwestern half of Digby County.[1] For four consecutive elections from 1988 to 1999, the district had the highest voter turnout in the province.[2][3][4][5]

The electoral district was abolished following the 2012 electoral boundary review and was largely replaced by the new electoral district of Clare-Digby.

Members of the Legislative Assembly[edit]

The electoral district was represented by the following Members of the Legislative Assembly:

Legislature Years Member Party
61st 2009–2013 Wayne Gaudet Liberal
60th 2006-2009
59th 2003-2006
58th 1999-2003
57th 1998-1999
56th 1993-1998
55th 1988-1993     Guy LeBlanc Progressive Conservative
54th 1984-1988
53rd 1981-1984 Chester Melanson Liberal
52nd 1978-1981 Benoit Comeau Liberal
51st 1974-1978
50th 1970-1974
49th 1967-1970
48th 1963-1967     Hector J. Pothier Progressive Conservative
47th 1960-1963 Pierre E. Belliveau Liberal
46th 1956-1960
45th 1953-1956
44th 1949-1953     Desire J. Comeau Progressive Conservative

Election results[edit]

2009 general election[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Wayne Gaudet 3,392 64.68
  New Democratic Party Paul Comeau 1,326 25.29
  Progressive Conservative Jimmy Doucet 459 8.75
Green Diane Bean 67 1.28
Total valid votes 5,244 100.00
Total rejected ballots 53 1.00
Turnout 5,297 76.71
Eligible voters 6,905

2006 general election[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Wayne Gaudet 2,803 48.53
  Progressive Conservative Arnold LeBlanc 1,622 28.08
  New Democratic Party Paul Comeau 1,269 21.97
Green Diane Doucet-Bean 82 1.42
Total valid votes 5,776 100.00
Total rejected ballots 50 0.47
Turnout 5,826 82.45
Eligible voters 7,066

2003 general election[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Wayne Gaudet 3,547 61.55
  Progressive Conservative Marc Boudreau 1,456 25.26
  New Democratic Party Don Melanson 760 13.19
Total valid votes 5,763 100.00
Total rejected ballots 70 1.20
Turnout 5,833 89.68
Eligible voters 6,504

1999 general election[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Wayne Gaudet 2,705 43.76
  Progressive Conservative Paul Comeau 2,355 38.10
  New Democratic Party Don Melanson 1,078 17.44
Nova Scotia Party Anne Marie Boyer 43 0.70
Total valid votes 6,181 100.00
Total rejected ballots 66 1.06
Turnout 6,247 87.43
Eligible voters 7,145

1998 general election[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Wayne Gaudet 2,950 47.28
  Progressive Conservative Guy LeBlanc 2,578 41.32
  New Democratic Party Vanessa Paddock 711 11.40
Total valid votes 6,239 100.00
Total rejected ballots 109 1.71
Turnout 6,348 88.00
Eligible voters 7,214

1993 general election[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Wayne Gaudet 3,461 51.99
  Progressive Conservative Guy LeBlanc 2,854 42.87
  New Democratic Party Christian Collin 342 5.14
Total valid votes 6,657 100.00
Total rejected ballots 83 1.23
Turnout 6,740 91.44
Eligible voters 7,371

1988 general election[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Progressive Conservative Guy LeBlanc 3,587 54.02
  Liberal Nadine Boudreau 2,773 41.76
  New Democratic Party Jan Slakov-Crombie 280 4.22

1984 general election[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Progressive Conservative Guy LeBlanc 3,094 50.33
  Liberal Chester Melanson 2,784 45.29
  New Democratic Party Alain Chabot 269 4.38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Electoral History for Clare Nova Scotia Legislature
  2. ^ Recapitulation 1988 Election Elections Nova Scotia
  3. ^ Recapitulation 1993 Election Elections Nova Scotia
  4. ^ Recapitulation 1998 Election Elections Nova Scotia
  5. ^ Recapitulation 1999 Election Elections Nova Scotia

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