This southern Ontario riding, 60 km east of Toronto, contains most of the
city of Oshawa.
The southern boundary is the north shore of Lake Ontario. The Northern boundary is
Winchester Road East, between Townline Road North in the
east and Simcoe Street North, Rossland Road West, Oshawa Creek, King Street
West. The western boundary is the western city limit of Oshawa.
Oshawa is a centre of the Canadian automobile industry and the local economy
is dominated by General Motors. It is one of Ontario's most industrial
ridings with 14 per cent of employment coming from manufacturing. Average family
income is $63,855 and unemployment is 7.2 per cent.
In 2004, the northern boundary of the riding was pushed north to include part of what was formerly Durham riding. Oshawa-Whitby riding was created in 1966 and renamed Oshawa in 1976. In the 1996 redistribution, 13 per cent
of Durham was added.
1968-1990 byelection included - NDP
1993, 1997, 2000 - LIB
In 2000, Liberal Ivan Grose defeated the Alliance's Barry Bussey
to win a third election. New Democrat support in this riding has
been waning since the late 1980s. The Conservatives could win here
if the party successfully captures both the Alliance and PC vote.
Ed Broadbent, leader of the New Democratic Party, was MP for this
riding until he resigned as party leader in 1989. Broadbent was first
elected in 1968, defeating Conservative Michael Starr. He became
NDP leader in July 1975 and won seven terms as MP for Oshawa-Whitby
and Oshawa riding. In the 1990 byelection following Broadbent's
resignation, New Democrat Mike Breaugh defeated Liberal Cathy O'Flynn.