This riding is located between London and Toronto and consists of both urban and rural areas, including the city of Cambridge and the township of North Dumfries.
It also boasts the third largest Portuguese community in Ontario. Manufacturing, including of automotives, textiles and shoes, accounts for nearly 25 per cent of the jobs.
This new riding was formed in 1999 by taking the old riding of Cambridge and combining it with nine per cent of Brant-Haldimand and six per cent of Kitchener-Wilmot.
In 2004, the Cambridge riding part of the city of Kitchener in the northwest corner was moved into the Kitchener-Conestoga riding.
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The old riding of Cambridge has been a dry spot for the Liberal Party for nearly 30 years, teetering between NDP and PC candidates. The NDP's Mike Farnan won the seat in 1987 and again in 1990, serving as solicitor-general and correctional services in Bob Rae's gocernment. He was dropped from cabinet in 1991 but returned as transportation minister in 1994.
The Tories won back the riding in 1995 as Gerry Martiniuk unseated Farnan with 46 per cent of the vote. Martiniuk also trounced his Liberal and NDP rivals in 1999, winning by a margin of more than 14,000 votes.
Martiniuk was re-elected in 2003, beating Liberal Jerry Boyle by 3,337 votes.
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