This Northern Ontario riding stretches from Lake Timiskaming south along
the Ottawa River and has Algonquin Park on its southern edge.
It includes North Bay, Temagami, New Liskeard, Powassan, Cobalt and Mattawa.
There are several Indian reserves, including the Temagami Reserve.
About 16 per cent of residents list French as their mother tongue. Tourism
is an important industry, with retail and service sectors the largest employers.
There is a small manufacturing base in the North Bay region, as well as
Canadore College/Nipissing University. Average family income is $50,077
and unemployment is 7.9 per cent.
The riding has been renamed in 2004 and expanded north, adding part of
Timiskaming-Cochrane. In 1996, the boundaries were redrawn to include part
of Parry Sound-Muskoka. The riding of Nipissing was established in 1892.
1896 - CONS
1900, 1904 - LIB
1908-1917 incl - CONS
1921-1980 incl - LIB
1984 - PC
1988, 1993, 1997, 2000 - LIB
In 2000, Liberal Bob Wood defeated the Alliance's Ken Ferron to
win a fourth term in office.
The riding of Nipissing voted Conservative from 1908 to 1917 and Liberal
from 1921 to 1980. From 1972 to 1984, Liberal Jean-Jacques Blais was
MP, serving as postmaster general, solicitor-general, minister of
supply and services and minister of defence. In 1984, he was defeated
by Tory Moe Mantha.