Hamilton East - Stoney Creek (032)
This southern Ontario riding takes in the eastern part of Hamilton and part of Stoney Creek.
Manufacturing and the service sector are major industries. Hamilton's steel industry and auto manufacturing in St. Catharines support other light industry and services in the riding.
Nearly one-third of residents are immigrants and 10 per cent of residents are of Italian origin. The average family income is $59,120 and unemployment is 6.7 per cent, according to the 2001 census.
The 1999 redistribution added more than a third of the Hamilton Centre riding to the old Hamilton East riding.
The 2007 redistribution took nearly equal sections of Hamilton East and Stoney Creek to create the Hamilton East-Stoney Creek riding.
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The old riding of Hamilton East boasts a long history of pro-labour political representation stretching back to Norm Davison, who won in 1959 as a candidate for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.
NDP candidates won the seat nine times from 1963 to 1995, when Dominic Agostino won for the Liberals. Agostino retained the seat in 1999 and again in 2003, beating NDP hopeful Bob Sutton by 6,963 votes. Agostino died of liver cancer in 2004. His brother Ralph ran in the subsequent byelection, but lost to New Democrat Andrea Horwath by more than 8,000 votes.
PC Brad Clark won in the Stoney Creek riding in 1999, defeating Liberal Chris Phillips. In 2001, he was named transportation minister and later served as labour minister under Ernie Eves.
Clark was defeated in 2003, losing to Liberal Jennifer Mossop by more than 5,000 votes.
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