This southern riding is heavily reliant on auto manufacturing, with
all "Big Three" automakers operating plants in the area.
The riding lies along the shores of the Detroit River and includes
the northeast of Windsor, the town of Tecumseh, the village of Clair
Beach and Peche Island.
Due to the presence of the auto industry, this region is heavily unionized.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Windsor-St. Clair combined
42 per cent of the old Windsor-Walkerville riding with almost all of
The riding of Windsor-Riverside has been an NDP stronghold since Dave
Cooke first won the seat in 1977. He was reelected in 1981, 1985, 1987
and 1995. When Cooke resigned in 1997, NDP candidate Wayne Lessard won
The riding of Windsor-Walkerville was held by Liberal Bernard Newman
from 1959 to 1987, following which fellow Liberal Mike Ray won the seat
for one more term. The Liberal reign ended temporarily in 1990 when
NDP candidate Wayne Lessard won the seat, but resumed with the 1995
victory of current incumbent Dwight Duncan.