This riding stretches from the north shore of Lake Ontario to Lake Scugog in the north. All of it lies within the Municipality of Durham, and the riding encompasses some 25 communities including Bowmanville and Courtice. To the west, it reaches the outskirts of Oshawa, to the south the town of Clarington, and in the north, the township of Scugog and the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.
Manufacturing is the major employer, with only a small portion of labour force engaged in the production of dairy products and the farming of soybeans and corn.
After the 1999 redistribution, the new Durham riding took in almost 90 per cent of the old Durham-East riding and nearly 25 per cent of the Oshawa riding.
The 2007 redistribution added Uxbridge Township, but removed all the Oshawa territory from the riding.
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In the old Durham-East, PC candidate Sam Cureatz defeated NDP incumbent Doug Moffat in the 1977 election by just 122 votes. Cureatz was re-elected through to 1990, when the seat returned to the NDP. The riding went Progressive Conservative again in 1995 by a decisive 15,784-vote margin.
The Tories continued their hold after the new Durham riding was created, with John O'Toole winning the 1999 and 2003 elections with strong margins. In 2003, he topped Liberal Garry Minnie by over 5,000 votes.
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