This riding's immigrant population was more than 50 per cent, according
to the 1996 census, with significant Italian, East Indian and Chinese
The border stretches from Highway 401 in the north to the Queensway
in the south, Hurontario Street and Highway 403 in the west to Etobicoke
Creek and the city limits of Mississauga in the east.
The area is predominantly residential with the manufacturing sector
being the major employer.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, Mississauga East was formed
out of the bulk of the old Mississauga East, combined with small parts
of Mississauga West and Mississauga South.
In the old Mississauga East riding, Conservative Bud Gregory won in
1975, 1977, 1981 and 1985. He was defeated in 1987 by Liberal John Sola,
who was re-elected in 1990, but was later expelled from the Liberal
caucus after making anti-Serbian statements.
Incumbent Carl DeFaria took the seat back for the Tories in 1995.