This riding central eastern Ontario riding boasts the second highest
population of seniors in the province.
Primarily rural, it consists of Victoria region, parts of Haliburton
and Peterborough, the township of Brock and the southeast corner of
Major industries include manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. Its
largest town is Lindsay.
In 1999, the riding was created from most of the old Victoria-Brock,
6 per cent of Durham East, 12 per cent of Durham-York, 11 per cent of
Hastings-Peterborough and 7 per cent of Peterborough.
The NDP's Dennis Drainville won the riding of Victoria-Haliburton in
1990, only to resign three years later in a controversy surrounding
casino gambling. In the ensuing byelection, PC candidate Chris Hodgson
took the seat. He would later be appointed Minister of Natural Resources
and Deputy House Leader by then-premier Mike Harris.
Earlier this year, Hodgson resigned from the Eves cabinet and announced
that he would not be running again.