This affluent riding is located about 40 kilometres west of Toronto
and lies on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
It comprises that part of Oakville south of Upper Middle Road West
and Upper Middle Road East.
The riding has a high percentage of administrative and managerial jobs
in addition to a strong manufacturing sector.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution the new riding of Oakville combined
one-third of Halton Centre with almost all of the old Oakville riding.
Tory Jim Snow held the old Oakville riding from 1975 to 1985. PC Terry
O'Connor defeated Liberal Doug Carrothers here in 1985 by just 687 votes,
but lost to Carrothers in a 1987 rematch in Oakville South. The riding
went back to the Tories in 1990, when Gary Carr defeated Carrothers
by a mere 108 votes.
Carr was re-elected in 1995, and again in the redistributed Oakville
riding in 1999. He was then appointed Speaker of the Legislature. In
January 2003, Carr announced his intention to not run in the next election.
Later, he was harshly critical of Premier Ernie Eves' decision to introduce
the 2003 budget at a car-parts plant in Brampton.
In the old riding of Halton Centre, which was formed in 1987, Liberal
Barb Sullivan won in 1987 and 1990. She was defeated in 1995 by Tory