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District 14
(Connaught - Quinpool) 

District Profile

Total Population, 2006 Census: 13,845

A big chunk of Halifax's middle class lives in this district. Most people here are employed, (68.2%) and there's a low unemployment rate of 6.1%. It's one of the wealthier suburbs, with a median income of $44,471 and an average (mean) income of $55,341. 89% of people are employees who work in education (13.1%), health care (11.7%), hotels and restaurants (9.4%) and for the government (8.6%). Only 9.1% are self-employed. 49% of homes are one family households, while 50.2% non-family households, reflecting the student population.

DINKs? Over 70% households here have only 1-2 persons in it. For those candidates courting the family vote, 33.6% are married and 3015 households have children: 19.8% under six; 13.2% between 15-17 and 25.5% with kids 18-25 (hey junior - isn't it time you got your own place?).

Education: 39.9% of residents have a university degree, 22.9% have a college degree. 58.3% of youth aged 15-24 are in school full-time, while 33.9% are not.

Finally, it's pretty white in 14: only 5.7% of the population listed themselves as a visible minority (1% South Asian, 1.6% Black, 1.3% Arab or West Asian).

Source: Nova Scotia Community Counts website offers statistical profiles by HRM polling district.

Issue: Tax Reform

Average municipal tax comparison for single family homes

DistrictAverage Property 2009 (taxable)Current Tax (2007)Draft Tax Model (2007)Change in taxes
District 14 (Connaught - Quinpool)241,9271,8831,316-30.10%

Source: HRM. HRM Note: Amounts exclude Low Income Rebates. Final adjustments are not included to treat mobile homes as multi-unit; and for the 2009 changes in the Transit Tax structure. Not all area rates are included in the "Current Tax".

Current Councillor

Jennifer Watts Read her report card

Elections Data

2008 Results

Katie Campbell Profile
131 votes / 2.76%

Glenn Dodge Profile
1,125 votes / 23.73%

Bill Forbes Profile
607 votes / 12.81%

Andrea Hilchie-Pye Profile
455 votes / 9.60%

Ross McLaren Profile
647 votes / 13.65%

Sean PhillipsProfile
256 votes / 5.40%

Jennifer Watts Profile
1,519 votes / 32.05% Champ!

Tim's Take

"This district covers the west end of the peninsula, everything south of Bayers Road, west of Robie Street and north of Quinpool Road. The present councillor for the area, Sheila Fougere, is running for mayor, which leaves this race wide open. Fully seven people are contending. Because the district sits between downtown and the western suburbs, transportation issues loom large for all the candidates. Each opposes the fast ferry to Bedford, wanting the money instead spent on additional LINK buses, with the hope that through traffic will thereby be reduced. The seven of course have a range of life experiences and place slightly different emphases on issues, but they generally resemble Fougere in their political stances, although Watts alone opposes the tax reform proposal, which Fougere has championed. Likely, personal appeal and campaign organizational skills will play a large role in the outcome of this race."

Read Tim Bousquet's take on this district in his article, Peninsular Politics

2008 School Board elections

(District 5 - Hydrostone, Connaught, south end Halifax)
David Bentley
David Cameron, 50.58%

Laurel Taylor

2004 Results

Sheila Fougere 3894 (81.01%)
Stephen Parsons 777 (16.16%)
Alexander Sang Lam 136 (2.83%)

Voter Turnout: 46.50%

72.32% voted for Peter Kelly in 2004;
-42.01% Change in 2008 (and lower than in 2000).
Only 33.55% did that in 2000

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