This south-central riding's major industries are manufacturing, the
service sector and some agriculture, and it is home to Canadian Forces
The riding extends from Hastings in the north to Lake Ontario in the
south. The main population centres are Belleville and Picton, but it
also includes Prince Edward County, Deseronto, Bloomfield and the Tyendinaga
In the 1999 redistribution, the new Prince Edward-Hastings combined
80 per cent of the old Quinte riding with 60 per cent of Prince Edward-Hastings.
In Quinte, Conservative Dick Potter won in 1967 and 1971. Liberal
Hugh O'Neil held the seat for 15 years following his first victory in
1975, but the Tories took it back in 1995.
In the former riding of Prince Edward-Lennox, Tory N.E. Whitney served
from 1951 to 1971. Fellow Tory James Taylor extended the Conservative
streak, winning in 1971, 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1985. In 1987, Liberal
Keith MacDonald won the seat.
In the old riding of Prince Edward-Lennox-South Hastings, NDP candidate
Paul Johnson won in 1990, but lost in the 1995 election to Tory Gary