Canso, town (1991 pop. 1,228), S central N.S., Canada, on the Atlantic Ocean, near Cape Canso, the easternmost point of Nova Scotia peninsula proper. The harbor was much used by fishing fleets in colonial times and was fortified by the British in 1720. The Gut, or Strait, of Canso, scarcely 1 mi (1.6 km) wide in places, separates Nova Scotia peninsula from Cape Breton Island.

Any of several Old French epic poems that form the core of the Charlemagne legends. More than 80 chansons de geste have survived in 12th- to 15th-century manuscripts. Dealing chiefly with events of the 8th–9th century, they contain a core of historical truth overlain with legend. Most are anonymous. The Chanson de Roland was the formative influence on later chansons de geste, which in turn influenced literature throughout Europe.

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chanson(French; “song”)

French art song. The unaccompanied chanson for a single voice part, composed by the troubadours and later the trouvères, first appeared in the 12th century. Accompanied chansons, with parts for one or more instruments, were written in the 14th–15th centuries by Guillaume de Machaut and others in the strict formes fixes (“fixed forms”). About 1,500 chansons for several voices began to be written by Josquin des Prez and his contemporaries. In recent centuries the term has often been used for any cabaret-style French song.

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Cape Breton—Canso is a federal electoral district in Nova Scotia, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 2004. Its population in 2001 was 75,221. It is the successor to Bras d'Or (later known as Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, which was represented in the House of Commons from 1997 to 2004.


Ethnic groups: 96.7% White, 2.1% Native Canadian
Languages: 89.0% English, 8.1% French, 2.2% other
Religions: 67.0% Catholic, 28.7% Protestant, 3.7% no affiliation
Average income: $21,168


The district includes eastern Guysborough County, and the western, southern and eastern coasts of Cape Breton Island. Communities include Glace Bay, Louisbourg, Inverness, Cheticamp, St. Peters, Port Hawkesbury, Mulgrave, Guysborough, Dominion and Canso. The area is 9,438 sq. km.


The riding of Bras d'Or was created in 1996 from parts of Cape Breton Highlands—Canso and Cape Breton—East Richmond ridings.

Bras d'Or was renamed "Bras d'Or—Cape Breton" in 1998. It was abolished in 2003. Most of its territory (except for the community of Sydney River) was incorporated into a new riding called "Cape Breton—Canso", and it also added a portion of Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough on the mainland.

Members of Parliament

Parliament Years Member Party
Cape Breton Highlands—Canso, Cape Breton—East Richmond prior to 1997
Bras d'Or
36th 1997-2000     Michelle Dockrill New Democrat
Bras d'Or—Cape Breton
37th 2000-2004     Rodger Cuzner Liberal
Cape Breton—Canso
38th 2004-2006     Rodger Cuzner Liberal
39th 2006-

Election results

Cape Breton—Canso

Change from 2000 is based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.

Bras d'Or—Cape Breton

Bras d'Or

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