This rapidly-growing and affluent Simcoe-region riding runs from the
posh horse farms in King Township to working-class Newmarket and East
Gwillimbury and tourist areas and cottages on Lake Simcoe.
The riding runs from Lake Simcoe in the north to the Holland River
and Cook's Bay in the west.
The largest community is Newmarket, but the riding also includes East
Gwillimbury and Georgina, as well as the Georgina Island Indian Reserve.
The largest manufacturer in the area is Magna, a maker of automobile
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of York North was created
from 50 per cent of Durham York and 56 per cent of York-Mackenzie.
Conservatives have long held sway in the old riding of York-Mackenzie,
stretching back to Alex Mackenzie, who won in 1945, 1948, 1951, 1955,
1959 and 1963. Fellow Tory Bill Hodgson won in 1967, 1971, 1975, 1977
and 1981. Liberal Greg Sorbara won in 1985, but moved on to run in York
Centre in 1987. Liberal Charles Beer won the riding in 1987 and was
re-elected in 1990. Beer lost to Tory Frank Klees in 1995; Klees was
re-elected in the new riding of Oak Ridges in 1999.