Quick take: Cape Breton Centre will be a riding to watch during this election. Liberal MLA David Wilton won the traditionally NDP riding in a 2015 byelection.
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Liberal: Wilton was a backbench MLA under the Liberal government. He is a small business owner and volunteers with several community groups. Wilton ran against former NDP MLA Frank Corbett in the 2013 election, but lost.
Progressive Conservative: Louie Piovesan works for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
NDP: Tammy Martin is an employee with the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Sydney. She lost against Wilton in the 2015 byelection, with about 600 votes separating the two candidates.
History: Wilton won the 2015 byelection with 49.2 per cent of the vote. The byelection was called after long-time NDP MLA Frank Corbett resigned. The riding was held by Corbett for almost two decades. Prior to Corbett’s win, the Grits held the seat for a decade.
Boundaries: The riding includes the communities of New Waterford, the Reserve Mines, and part of the town of Dominion.
Demographics: This district is known for its mining history, with many mines including the Reserve Mines, Victoria Mines and the Gardiner Mines being found within its boundaries.