This new riding north of Toronto contains the towns of Newmarket and Aurora.
Its borders are Bloomington Road in the south, Newmarket town limits in
the north, Bathurst Street in the west and Highway 404 in the east.
Manufacturing is the major industry, with auto parts maker Magna International
manufacturer. Retail trade and the service sector are also important to
the economy. Average family income is $97,216 and unemployment is 3.6 per cent.
The riding was created in 2004 from 50 per cent of York North and 24 per
cent of Vaughan-King-Aurora.
In York North in 2000, Liberal Karen Kraft Sloan defeated the Alliance's
Bob Yaciuk to win a third term. In 1988, Magna chairman Frank Stronach
ran as a Liberal in the riding, then called York Simcoe, and lost
to PC John Cole.
In Vaughan-King-Aurora, Liberal Maurizio Bevilacqua defeated the
Alliance's Adrian Visentin, winning his third term. Bevilacqua's
close win (by 77 votes) over PC Michael O'Brien in 1988 was contested
and overturned on appeal. In a byelection in December 1990, he defeated
New Democrat Peter DeVita by 7,011. O'Brien was third.
A combined Tory-Alliance vote under the Conservative banner could
challenge the Liberals in this riding in 2004.