The Ottawa River forms the northern border of this affluent Eastern Ontario
riding. The suburban and rural area contains southwestern suburbs
of Ottawa and the town of Mississippi Mills in Lanark County.
The riding is bordered on the northeast by March Valley Road, Eagleson
Road and Riddell Road, on the southeast by McCordick Road and on the southwest
by Ashton Station Road.
The riding has a large manufacturing sector, including high-tech companies
in the technology enclave of Kanata. There are also a significant number
of public servants. The average household income is $102,188 and the unemployment
rate is 4.4 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, more than five per cent of residents have
French as their mother tongue.
In 2004, 63 per cent of Lanark-Carleton riding was combined with 19 per
cent of Nepean-Carleton to form Carleton-Lanark. Lanark and Renfrew riding
was first created in 1966 and renamed in 1970 to Lanark-Carleton. The 1996
redistribution kept 87 per cent of the riding.
1968 - LIB
1972-1988 inclusive - PC
1993, 1997 - LIB
2000 - CA
In 2000, the Canadian Alliance's Scott Reid defeated Liberal Ian Murray
by 1,859 votes. He is one of only two Alliance MPs from Ontario. In
1993 and 1997, Murray held the riding.
From 1917 to 1965 the riding of Lanark voted predominantly Tory, except
for a single Liberal win in 1940. In 1968, Liberal Murray McBride won
a close race in Lanark and Renfrew. The following election, PC Paul
Dick won and held the riding until 1993. He served in the Mulroney
Cabinet as minister of supply and services and minister of public works.