This riding includes Baccalieu Island, Great Colinet Island and all of the Avalon Peninsula save for the two St. John's ridings.
In 2001, census takers counted 79,761 residents, most of whom live in ports such as Carbonear, Bay Roberts, Placentia and Harbour Grace. More than 94 per cent were born in Newfoundland and Labrador; fewer than one per cent come from outside Canada.
Not surprisingly, fishing was once the main employer here, though in
recent years manufacturing has become dominant. Unemployment was a whopping
25.9 per cent in 2001, and the average family income that year was $45,589.
Fewer than five per cent of residents have a university degree.
The Avalon riding was created in 2004, by carving off half of Bonavista-Trinity-Conception and combining it with parts of St. John's East and West.
In Bonavista-Trinity-Conception, Liberals won all but two elections in
the past half-century.
That continued in the new Avalon riding in 2004, when John Efford (the
minister of natural resources) was re-elected.
Efford was first elected in a 2002 byelection in Bonavista-Trinity-Conception
prompted by then-industry minister Brian Tobin's resignation from federal
politics. Tobin, who served as Newfoundland and Labrador's premier from
1996 to 2000, won twice the votes of his Tory opponent in the 2000 election.
From 1988 to 2000, this seat was held by Liberal Fred Mifflin.
1949-65 - LIB
1968 - PC
1972, 1974, 1979, 1980 - LIB
1984 - PC
1988, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2002 byelection, 2004 - LIB
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: May 24, 1964
Birthplace: St. Bride's
Profession: Development co-ordinator
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Sandra Dohey
Children: Fabian Jr. and Mark
Career background: Spent most of his time working in family business. Has worked as area co-ordinator, Cape Shore Development Association, and spent 10 years as a member of volunteer fire department No. 5 as fire chief
Community activities: Has served on: Save Our Hospital Committee, Fisheries Action Committee, Sacred Heart Parish Council, Cape Shore Seniors Housing Association Inc., Recreation Committee, Tourism Association, Harbour Authority and Regional Economic Development Board. Has served as an executive member of Avalon West Community Futures Committee and the Southern Avalon Tourism Industry. Even as MHA, he still volunteers with his hometown fire department, municipal council and Seniors Housing Association
Municipal: Member of St Bride's council for three terms
Provincial: Elected in St. Mary's-The Capes in 1993, defeated in Placentia and St. Mary's in 1996; elected in 1999 and 2003
Political History (Provincial)
Committee: Former member of Public Accounts
Caucus: Former Opposition critic for the portfolios of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Government Services and Lands, Employment and Labour, Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education. Former parliamentary assistant to Opposition Leader Danny Williams. Former member of the PC caucus strategy committee. Appointed whip in 2003. He was removed from caucus for criticizing government's raw materials sharing system for crab fishery.
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: January 6, 1980
Education: She graduated Compu College School of Business in St. Johns with an Honors Diploma in Business Administration. She went on to study Animal Science (B.Sc Agriculture) at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College.
Career background: A variety of jobs from being a maid and cashier in Alberta, to various factory work and car detailing in Ontario. While in Nova Scotia she picked strawberry plants and worked making insulation from recycled paper.
Community Activities: She has been developing a community run program which aims to take a holistic approach to waste management and the social issue
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Judy
Children: Neil and Aaron
Career Background: Practiced as in-house legal counsel for the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Group of Companies providing legal advice and negotiating contracts involving numerous energy-related issues. For the past 17 years, he has practiced law with his wife, Judy in their own practice, Morrow & Morrow Law Office in Bay Roberts.
Community Activities: Served as Board Chair of the Avalon Health Care Institutions Board from 1994-2003. Served as a volunteer Board Member with the Provincial Health Care Association
Box 870 Bay Roberts
Newfoundland and Labrador
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth Date: Jan 11, 1946
Birthplace: Freshwater, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland
Education: High School
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Shirley
Career Background: Worked at Kodak Canada Toronto, 1966-1976.
Community Activities: Worked with the Come By Chance Concerned Citizens (Blue Haze), the Foxtrap Concerned Citizens Committee (Waste Oil Incinerator), the Seal Cove Concerned Citizens Committee (Holyrood Generating Station Emissions), the Avalon Progressive Waste Management Committee (Avondale/TCH Garbage Incinerator), ROMAR (Reduce Our Moose Accident Risk) and the Newfoundland Lichen Education and Research Group dedicated to protecting a rare tree lichen in the Avondale River Watershed.
Municipal: Former mayor of Conception Harbour
Provincial: Defeated in Harbour Main-Whitbourne in 2003. Defeated as PC in Harbour Main-Whitbourne in 1996.