Riding is situated north west of the Greater Toronto Area and includes
part of Brampton east of Dixie Road and the north east corner of the
city of Mississauga. To the south it is bordered by Highway 401 and
by Hurontario to the west.
This riding's economy is made up of a mix of light manufacturing and
high technology industries with a small number of farms. Due to the
presence of Pearson International Airport, it also boasts many of Canada's
leading aerospace companies.
According to the 1996 census, the immigrant population is more than
43%, with one of the largest East Indian communities in Canada. There
is also a significant Italian and South Asian population, with 15,000
of the ridings 72,000 being of the latter group. About one-third of
the population has a mother tongue other than English.
A new riding formed for the last election, Bramalea-Gore-Malton-Springdale
comprises 40% of the old Brampton North, 27% of Brampton South and 18%
of Mississauga North ridings.
In the old ridings of Brampton
North and Brampton South the Liberal Party ruled from 1987 to 1995,
when the PC party was elected. Tony Clement was elected in Brampton
South, after which he was appointed Minister of Transportation, and
later as Minister of Health and Long Term Care.