197 Thunder Bay-Rainy River
GRN: Russ Aegard
LIB: Ken Boshcoff
CON: David Leskowski
NDP: John Rafferty
CHP: Johannes Scheibler
MP: Doug Thompson
This Northern Ontario riding stretches from Lake Superior in the
southeast, along the U.S. order to Lake of the Woods. It contains the
Territorial Districts of Thunder Bay and Rainy
It runs north as far as Harmon Lake, Sturgeon Lake and 6th Base Line. Part of
the city of Thunder Bay south of Pole Line Road, Thunder Bay Expressway and Main
Street falls within the riding. There are several native reserves and the aboriginal
population is more than five per cent.
Manufacturing and grain transportation are among the main industries in
the riding. Average family income is $64,415 and unemployment is 9.1 per
The riding of Thunder Bay-Rainy River was created in 2004 from 89 per cent
of Thunder Bay-Atikokan and 23 per cent of Kenora-Rainy River. Thunder Bay-Atikokan
was created in 1976 from 90 of Fort William and 10 per cent of Thunder Bay.
In 1996, part of Thunder Bay-Nipigon was added.
1925, 1926, 1930: CONS
1935-1974 inclusive: LIB
1979, 1980: LIB
1984, 1988: NDP
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB
In 2000, Liberal Stan Dromisky was elected in Thunder Bay-Atikokan,
defeating the Alliance's David Leskowski. It was his third term.
Combining the Tory and Alliance vote in this riding in 2004 could put the
Conservatives ahead of the Liberals.
Thunder Bay-Atikokan and its predecessor riding of Fort William voted Liberal
from 1935 to 1980. The last Tory elected was R.J. Manion, who won
in 1925, 1926 and 1930. Liberal Paul McRae held the seat from 1972
(when it was Fort William) to 1984 (when it was Thunder Bay-Atikokan).
In 1984 and 1988, New Democrat Iain Angus was elected.