Beauséjour riding (formerly known as Beauséjour—Petitcodiac) is a federal electoral district in eastern New Brunswick, Canada, which has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1988. It replaced Westmorland—Kent, which was represented from 1968 to 1988.
The riding consists of most of Westmorland County to the east and north of Moncton; and almost all of Kent County. Major towns in the riding include Shediac, Cap-Pele, Sackville, Bouctouche and Richibucto. The neighbouring ridings are Miramichi, Fredericton, Fundy Royal, Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, and Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley in Nova Scotia; it is connected to the riding of Malpeque on Prince Edward Island by the Confederation Bridge.
In 1997, it was renamed "Beauséjour—Petitcodiac", and expanded to include most of Albert County and the Petitcodiac area of western Westmorland County. This created a "doughnut" around Greater Moncton, which was a separate district.
In 2003, Beauséjour—Petitcodiac was abolished when it was redistributed into a new Beauséjour riding and into Fundy riding.
The riding has voted Liberal in every election except 1997, when it elected a New Democratic Party Member of Parliament (MP) in what was mostly seen as a protest vote. Angela Vautour switched to the Progressive Conservatives midway through her term, and was defeated in 2000.
Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien represented Beauséjour for a short time in the early 1990s after he won the Liberal leadership. The sitting MP stepped down to allow him to have a seat in the House of Commons. Former Governor-General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc also held a seat in Beauséjour for a time, and his son Dominic LeBlanc is its current MP.
This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:
|Kent and Westmorland prior to 1968|
|28th||1968-1972||Guy F. Crossman||Liberal|
|33rd||1984-1988|| Fernand Robichaud |
|1990 By-election||1990-1993||Jean Chrétien||Liberal|
|35th||1993-1997|| Fernand Robichaud |
|36th||1997-1999||Angela Vautour||New Democrat|
Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.
Change for Progressive Conservative candidate Angela Vautour are based on the party's results in 1997. She personally received -6.88% votes based on her results as an NDP candidate.
Change for the Canadian Alliance for 1997 are based on the results of its predecessor, the Reform Party.
All changes are from the 1990 by-election, with the exception of the Progressive Conservative Party, who did not field a candidate.