Riding to Watch: Cape Breton–Canso NS

Riding to Watch: Cape Breton–Canso NS

WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’s Martin Stringer reports on the riding of Cape Breton–Canso

This Nova Scotia riding suffers from the economic malaise that affects most of rural Atlantic Canada: an aging population, little economic growth and a shrinking tax base.

Rodger Cuzner has retired after nearly 20 years as an MP; Mike Kelloway, an administrator at the Nova Scotia Community College, is running for the Liberals in hopes of succeeding Cuzner. Alfie MacLeod, the Progressive Conservative MLA for the area, is running as a federal Conservative. Laurie Suitor, former executive director of the Nova Scotia Environmental Network, is the New Democrat. Former Ottawa city councillor Clive Doucet is the Green candidate.

IN 2015:

Rodger Cuzner (Liberal) won with 74.4% support — and a 59.9% margin of victory (25,917 votes) over Conservative runner-up Adam Daniel Rodgers.

Cape Breton–Canso was the 331st closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 71.6%.


SIZE: 8,752.8 km2

POPULATION: 71,913 people in 2016: a change of -4.4% from 2011. The average age is 46.4, with 13.4% age 14 and under and 24.7% 65 and older.

98.5% are Canadian citizens. 2.6% are immigrants. 8.1% indicated Aboriginal identity. 1.8% are visible minorities. 3.2% are 1st generation Canadians. 4.8% are 2nd generation. 92% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $164,753. Renters paid an average of $702 per month, with 25.3% in subsidized housing. 79.7% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 0.9% are condos. 3.2% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $29,179. 17.6% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 23.6% of children and 20.1% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are Canadian: 29915 / Scottish: 28220 / French: 16515 / Irish: 15785 / English: 15575

IMMIGRATION: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Europe-Other are the top birth origins for immigrants. Germany is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Mi’kmaq, German, Scottish Gaelic, Dutch, and Spanish are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 90% English and 6.6% French.

EDUCATION: 23.7% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 13.5% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson