This largely rural southwestern riding is home to five native reserves,
including Ipperwash along Lake Huron's shore.
The riding runs from Lake Huron in the north to the Thames River in
the south, with Lake St. Clair in the southwest corner.
It encompasses Wallaceburg, Petrolia, Strathroy, Forest, Glencoe, Wyoming
and Walpole Island, and its major sources of employment are manufacturing
Following the 1999 redistribution, this riding was formed from 40
per cent of Chatham-Kent, about 60 per cent of Lambton, 34 per cent
of Middlesex and 2 per cent of Essex-Kent.
PC candidate Lorne Henderson won elections in Lambton East in 1963 and
in Lambton in 1967, 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1981. Liberal Dave Smith won
Lambton in 1985 and 1987, and NDP candidate Ellen MacKinnon won in 1990.
In 1995, current incumbent PC Marcel Beaubien won the election.
In the old riding of Chatham-Kent, Tory Darcy McKeough sat from 1967
until his retirement in 1978. The riding went to the Liberals, NDP and
PCs in successive elections.
In the former riding of Middlesex, PC candidate Bob Eaton won in 1975,
1977 and 1981 before losing to Liberal Doug Reycraft in 1985. In 1990,
the NDP's Irene Mathyssen defeated Reycraft.