This riding has an immigrant population of about 26 per cent, with the
largest concentration of Arabic speakers in the Ontario.
It runs from south of the Rideau River and Queensway in the north to
Hunt Club Road, Limeback Road and Conroy Road in the south.
The riding includes the Macdonald-Cartier Airport and its major employer
is the government.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the new Ottawa South combined
more than half of the Ottawa-Rideau riding with more than 80 per cent
of the old Ottawa South.
Starting in 1937, the Tories won 14 consecutive elections in Ottawa
South. The streak was broken by Liberal Dalton McGuinty, who won in
1987. When McGuinty died in early 1990, his son, Dalton Jr., won the
seat for the Liberals in a general election later that year. He was
re-elected in 1995 and 1999, and in 1996 became leader of the Ontario
The riding of Ottawa-Rideau was won by Liberal Yvonne O'Neill in 1987
and 1990. She lost the seat to PC candidate Garry Guzzo in 1995.