Shediac (electoral district)

Beauséjour (electoral district)

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.

Beauséjour is largely Acadian and Francophone, with a significant Anglophone section in the southern section of the riding.

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.

History

Westmorland—Kent was created in 1966 from Kent, and part of Westmorland that was not included in the Moncton riding. It was abolished when it was incorporated into the new riding of Beauséjour in 1987.

Beauséjour was created in 1987 primarily from Westmorland—Kent, incorporating parts of Moncton and Northumberland—Miramichi ridings.

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 new Beauséjour riding was created primarily from Beauséjour—Petitcodiac, incorporating parts of Miramichi and Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe ridings.

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.

Members of Parliament

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Kent and Westmorland prior to 1968
Westmorland—Kent
28th 1968-1972     Guy F. Crossman Liberal
29th 1972-1974     Roméo LeBlanc Liberal
30th 1974-1979
31st 1979-1980
32nd 1980-1984
33rd 1984-1988     Fernand Robichaud
1st term
Liberal
Beauséjour
34th 1988-1990     Fernand Robichaud Liberal
1990 By-election 1990-1993     Jean Chrétien Liberal
35th 1993-1997     Fernand Robichaud
2nd term
Liberal
Beauséjour—Petitcodiac
36th 1997-1999     Angela Vautour New Democrat
1999-2000     Progressive Conservative
37th 2000-2004     Dominic LeBlanc Liberal
Beauséjour
38th 2004-2006     Dominic LeBlanc Liberal
39th 2006-

Election results

Beauséjour 2003-present

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

Beauséjour—Petitcodiac 1997-2003

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.

Beauséjour 1987-1997

All changes are from the 1990 by-election, with the exception of the Progressive Conservative Party, who did not field a candidate.

Westmorland—Kent 1966-1987

See also

External links

Riding history from the Library of Parliament:

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