198 Thunder Bay-Superior North
MP: Denis Carrière
LIB: Joe Comuzzi (Incumbent)
NDP: Bruce Hyer
GRN: Carl Rose
CON: Bev Sarafin
This Northern Ontario riding skirts the north shore of Lake Superior
from Thunder Bay to Marathon and runs north to the Albany River. The riding
includes that part of the city of Thunder Bay south of Pole Line Road, Thunder
Bay Expressway and Main Street.
The communities of Nipigon, Geraldton, Terrace Bay, as well as several
First Nations reserves, are in the riding. The aboriginal population is
5.4 per cent, according to the 2001 census.
Thunder Bay is a major grain port and manufacturing, forestry and pulp
and paper are key employment sectors. Major employers include Provincial
Papers and Lakehead University. Average family income is $68,031 and unemployment
is 9.1 per cent.
In 2004, part of Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding has been added in the west.
The riding of Thunder Bay-Nipigon was established in 1976 from portions
of Port Arthur and Thunder Bay ridings. In 1996, boundaries were redrawn, taking in part of Cochrane-Superior.
The name changed to Thunder Bay-Superior North in 1998.
1935-1953 inclusive: LIB
1957-1963 inclusive: CCF/NDP
1965-1974 inclusive: LIB
THUNDER BAY-NIPIGON/THUNDER BAY-SUPERIOR NORTH
1979, 1980: LIB
1988, 1993, 1997, 2000: LIB
In 2000, Liberal Joe Comuzzi defeated the Alliance's Doug Pantry
in Thunder Bay-Superior North. In December 2003, Paul Martin appointed
him minister in charge of federal economic development initiatives
for Northern Ontario. Comuzzi had won three terms of office in the
former riding of Thunder Bay-Nipigon.
From 1935-1957, the MP for Thunder-Bay Nipigon was C.D. Howe, the
Mackenzie King-era "minister of everything" who helped create the CBC and directed
Canada's war-time munitions production and post-war reconstruction.
In 1957, Howe lost to an unknown CCF school teacher, Doug Fisher, who
held the riding until 1965, through the birth of the New Democratic
Party in 1961.
Liberal Bob Andras, who was minister of state for urban affairs,
minister of consumer and corporate affairs, minister of manpower
and immigration and president of Treasury Board, was MP from 1965
to 1979. In 1980, Liberal Jack Masters was sent to Ottawa. In 1984,
he was defeated by New Democrat Ernie Epp.