Carleton - Mississippi Mills (013)
The Ottawa River forms the northern border of this affluent eastern Ontario riding. The suburban and rural area contains Ottawa's southwestern suburbs and the town of Mississippi Mills in Lanark County.
The riding is bordered on the northeast by March Valley Road, Eagleson Road and Riddell Road, on the southeast by McCordick Road and on the southwest by Ashton Station Road.
The riding has a large manufacturing sector, including high-tech companies in the technology enclave of Kanata in Ottawa's west end. There are also a significant number of public servants. The average household income is $102,188 and the unemployment rate is 4.4 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, more than five per cent of residents in the area have French as a mother tongue.
This riding was created in 2007 using 58 per cent of Lanark-Carleton and 18 per cent of Nepean-Carleton.
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Lanark-Carleton was traditionally Tory and voters continued the trend in 1999 and 2003, electing Norm Sterling by decisive margins in both years. In 2003, he beat Liberal Marianne Wilkinson by over 6,000 votes.
Tory John Baird was first elected in Nepean in 1995, then re-elected in Nepean-Carleton in 1999 and 2003. After his 1999 re-election, Premier Mike Harris appointed Baird minister of community and social services and in 2002, he was named minister of energy. In 2003, Baird crushed Liberal Rod Vanier by 10,796 votes.
Baird left provincial politics in 2005 to run on the federal level and won the Ottawa West-Nepean riding as the Tories took power. Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Baird president of the Treasury Board and later, environment minister.
Baird's departure caused a March 2006 byelection that Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod won easily, capturing nearly 58 per cent of the vote.
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