This riding on the south shore of the Detroit River is home to sizable
Italian and Greek communities.
It includes the western half of Windsor and, owing to its close proximity
to the US border, boasts a large number of residents who have immigrated
from the U.S.
The largest employer in this heavily unionized riding is the automobile
and auto parts manufacturing.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Windsor West combined
five per cent of Windsor-Riverside with 58 per cent of Windsor-Walkerville
and 75 per cent of Windsor-Sandwich.
The former riding of Windsor-Sandwich has not seen a Tory MPP elected
in nearly four decades.
NDP candidate Ted Bounsall won the former riding of Windsor-Sandwich
in 1975 and 1977, but it lost to Liberal Bill Wrye in 1981 by just 134
votes. Wrye was re-elected in 1985 and 1987. In 1990, the NDP's George
Dadamo won the riding; it passed to the Liberals, and current incumbent
Sandra Pupatello, in 1995.
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.