Situated in southwestern Ontario on the north shore of Lake Ontario, this urban riding includes much of the city of Burlington.
It is highly dependent on the surrounding manufacturing industry and many residents in this primarily English-speaking riding commute to Toronto or Hamilton for work.
This new riding was established in 1999 by combining slightly more than 80 per cent of the former Burlington South riding with 30 per cent of Halton Centre and 14 per cent of Oakville South.
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The old Burlington South riding was traditionally a Tory stronghold: George Kerr handed off the seat to Cam Jackson in 1985 after holding the seat since the 1960s.
The former Halton Centre riding was primarily the domain of the Liberals until 1995, when it was won by the Progressive Conservatives.
PC candidate Cam Jackson won the new riding in the 1999 election by a margin of almost 15,000 votes. He resigned his portfolio in Premier Ernie Eves' cabinet in October 2002 when it was revealed that he charged more than $100,000 worth of dinners, hotel rooms and travel costs to Ontario. But he continued to seek re-election and was vindicated in August 2003 when the province's integrity commissioner ruled that his expenses were "reasonable and appropriate."
Jackson pulled off a win in 2003, but just barely; he beat Liberal Mark Fuller by 1,852 votes.
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