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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Howard Hampton New Democratic Party 14441 60.11% X
Geoff McClain Liberal Party 6274 26.12%
Cathe M. Hoszowski Prog Conservative 3027 12.6%
Dan King Green Party of Ont. 281 1.17%
 Last Update Fri Oct 3 12:45:18 EDT 2003 193 of 195 polls reporting


2003 Candidates:
Howard Hampton (NDP) - incumbent
Cathe M. Hoszowski (PC)
Geoff McClain (Liberal)
Dan King (GP)

1999 Election Results
Candidate Ballot Count Popular Vote
Howard Hampton (NDP) 14,269 44.74%
Frank Miclash (Liberal) 11,209 35.14%
Lynn Beyak (PC) 5,483 7.40%

Richard R. Bruyere (Independent)

934 2.93%

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Riding Profile:

This northern riding has both the smallest riding population and the largest land area, with its borders encompassing more than 300,000 square kilometers. 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 in the south. 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.

It also boasts the largest native population in Ontario (20 per cent) and includes many reservations. For many of the 50 First Nations communities to the north, the nearest polling station is an airplane ride away.

Many of the riding's workers in the major communities work at pulp and paper mills. It is also home to some of the largest gold mines in the country, located in the Red Lake area.

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

Political History:

Long before NDP leader Howard Hampton established himself in the old Rainy River riding, the PC party held sway in neighbouring Kenora, where Tory MPP Leo Bernier sat from 1963 to 1987. Bernier served in various cabinet posts including mines, northern affairs and natural resources.

Hampton was first elected in Rainy River in 1987, and won the next four elections. He was appointed attorney general in 1990 and became leader of the provincial NDP in 1996. In 1999, he defeated Liberal Frank Miclash after the two incumbents' ridings were merged.





 Overall Election Results
Party E L T Pop. Vote %
LIB 72 0 72 46.45%
PC 24 0 24 34.64%
NDP 7 0 7 14.70%
OTH 0 0 0 4.21%
 Last Update Fri Oct 3 12:45:18 EDT 2003

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