More than 84 per cent of residents as homeowners in this affluent suburban
The riding contains most of Nepean and stretches from south of the
CN Rail tracks into traditional PC country in Osgoode, Rideau and Goulburn.
The major employer here is the federal government, with the retail
trade also providing many jobs.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, Nepean-Carleton combined 44
per cent of the old riding of Carleton, 62 per cent of the old Nepean
riding and 11 per cent of Ottawa-Rideau.
Conservative MPP Sid Handleman won his first election in the old riding
of Carleton in 1971. Handleman was re-elected in 1975 and 1977, but
resigned in 1980. Tory Bob Mitchell won the subsequent by-election,
and again in the 1981 and 1985 elections. Norm Sterling won this riding
once again for the Tories in 1990 and 1995.
New in 1987, the riding of Nepean was first served by Liberal Hans
Daigeler, who was re-elected in 1990. Tory John Baird defeated Daigeler