This urban riding on the south shore of the Ottawa River and Lac Deschenes
includes Bayshore, Crystal Beach, Crystal Bay, Centrepointe, Cityview,
Britannia, Carlington, and Lincoln Heights. Its largest employer is
the federal government.
Its borders extend from Shelbourne Road, Maitland Avenue and Merivale
Road in the north and east, to Richmond Road in the south.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Ottawa West-Nepean combined
almost 40 per cent of Nepean and 20 per cent of Ottawa-Rideau with 75
per cent of Ottawa West.
In the riding of Ottawa-West, Tory Donald Morrow was elected in 1955,
1959, 1963, 1967, 1971 and 1975. Reuben Baetz won the next three terms
for the Tories in 1977, 1981 and 1985. Liberal Bob Chiarelli won here
in 1987, 1990 and 1995, but resigned in 1997 to run for regional chair
(and was eventually elected mayor of Ottawa).
In a resulting by-election, Liberal Alex Cullen won. In 1998, he was
kicked out of the Liberal caucus for voting against the Calgary Accord,
a national unity agreement drafted by premiers from every province except
Quebec. Cullen subsequently joined the NDP.
In the riding of Nepean, Liberal Hans Daigeler won in 1987 and 1990,
but was defeated in 1995 by Tory John Baird.