Party Candidate Votes Status
197/197 polls Updated: Jun. 13, 2014 1:49 AM EDT
NDP Sarah Campbell 12,872 Elected
PC Randy Nickle 5,905
LIB Anthony Leek 3,729
GRN Timothy McKillop 711

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Riding profile

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This northern riding has both the smallest riding population and the largest land area, with its borders encompassing more than 300,000 square kilometres. Covering more than one third of the province's land mass, this riding is larger than Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia combined.

Its border reaches from Fort Severn on the shores of Hudson Bay in the north to Fort Frances on the U.S. border. To the west, the riding ends at the Ontario-Manitoba border.

A decidedly rural riding, the major centres are Kenora, Dryden, Rainy River, Fort Frances and Sioux Lookout.

For many of the 50 First Nations communities in the north, the nearest polling station is a plane ride away.

Following the redistribution of 1999, Kenora-Rainy River combined much of the former Rainy River riding with a sliver of the old Lake Nipigon riding and all of the former Kenora riding.

Data collected from the 2011 census shows populations continue to decline in the Kenora District (down 11% since the 2006 census) and in the Rainy River District (down 2%).

Political history

New Democrat Sarah Campbell won the riding in 2011, running in place of former NDP leader Howard Hamilton after he decided to quit politics. She beat PC candidate Randy Nickle.

Hampton spent 35 years in politics — 24 of them as the MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. He was appointed attorney general in 1990 and became NDP leader in 1996.

The Progressive Conservatives held sway in the old Kenora riding for decades, with Leo Bernier holding the seat from 1963 to 1987. Bernier served in various cabinet posts including mines, northern affairs and natural resources.

Liberal Frank Miclash took the seat in 1987 and held it until 1999, when his riding was merged with the old Rainy River riding and he lost to Hampton.


2011 Provincial Election Results



Total votes


NDP Sarah Campbell 10,752 49.22
PC Rod McKay 8,314 38.06
LIB Anthony Leek 2,173 9.95
GRN JoJo Holiday 385 1.76
NOH Charmaine Romaniuk 219 1.00



The boundaries of this riding have changed since the last census, so accurate current demographic information is unavailable.


2014 Candidates

Conservative   Randy Nickle
Liberal   Anthony Leek
NDP   Sarah Campbell
Green   Tim McKillop