162 Niagara West-Glanbrook
This new southern Ontario riding takes in the township of West Lincoln
and the towns of Grimsby, Lincoln and Pelham. It also includes part of the
city of Hamilton south and east of Glancaster Road, the transmission line,
Redhill Creek and the Niagara escarpment.
The riding runs from Lake Ontario in the northeast to the Welland River
in the southeast and east to the border of St. Catharines.
The local economy is sustained by light industries and service companies
feeding off the steel industry in Hamilton and the automotive industry in
St. Catharines. The riding is a mix of urban and rural, with fruit-growing,
wineries, tourism and mixed farming serving as the economic base.
Average family income is $75,830 and unemployment is 4.1 per cent. The
population is nine per cent Dutch and 4.6 per cent Italian.
The riding was created in 2004 from 47 per cent of Stoney Creek riding,
34 per cent of Erie-Lincoln, 15 per cent of Niagara Centre and a small area
from Hamilton-Mountain. Stoney Creek was a new riding in 1996.
In 2000, Liberal Toni Valeri defeated Canadian Alliance candidate
Doug Conley in Stoney Creek. In December 2003, Paul Martin appointed
him Minister of Transport. In Erie-Lincoln, Liberal John Maloney
defeated the Alliance's Dean Allison in 2000. The effects of redistribution
and the combination of Tory and Alliance votes could
give the Conservatives an edge in 2004.