193 Simcoe North
LIB: Paul DeVillers (Incumbent)
NDP: Jen Hill
GRN: Mary Lou Kirby
CHP: Adrian Kooger
CON: Peter Stock
This central Ontario riding stretches between Lake Simcoe in the
southeast and Nottawasaga Bay and Severn Sound in the northwest, including
Christian Island and part of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. The northern boundary is the Severn River.
The riding contains part of Simcoe County, and the townships of Ramara,
Tiny, Tay and Oro-Medonte. The city of Orillia and the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene
are in the riding. There are two native reserves, the Mnjikaning First Nation,
who operate the Rama Casino in Orillia, and Christian Island #30 Reserve. The
aboriginal population is over two per cent and four per cent of the population
There is a large manufacturing sector and a vital tourism-related sector.
Average family income is $61,163 and unemployment is 6.2 per cent.
In 2004, 99 per cent of the riding is unchanged and a small area has been
added from Simcoe-Grey. The riding was established in 1867 and boundaries
changed slightly in 1996.
BY-EL inclusive: LIB
1878-1896 inclusive: CONS
1898 byelection-1904 inclusive: LIB
1908, 1911, 1917: CONS
1921, 1925: PROG
1926, 1930: CONS
1935, 1940: LIB
1945-1988 inclusive: PC
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB
Liberal Paul DeVillers defeated Alliance candidate Peter Stock in
2000 to win a third term. DeVillers was named secretary of state
for amateur sport in 2002 and in December 2003, he kept the portfolio
and was also made deputy leader of government. If the Conservative
party successfully captures the old Tory and Alliance vote in 2004,
it will win this riding.
From 1945-1988, Simcoe North voted Tory. The last Liberal MP was
D.F. McCuaig, who won in 1935 and 1940. Conservative Doug Lewis was
MP from 1979 to 1993. He was Government House Leader in the Mulroney
government, as well as minister of justice and attorney general and
later, minister of transport and solicitor general.