Kitchener Centre (037)
Kitchener's downtown core is in the centre of this riding. The area is known for the strength of its German heritage: in the 1996 census, 14 per cent of the population listed German as ethnic background.
Kitchener Centre is bordered by Highland Road to Lawrence Avenue and Victoria Street South in the north, and Conestoga Parkway, Block Line Road and Grand River in the south. To the west, the riding begins at the Kitchener city limits and stretches to a portion of Chicopee in the east.
After the 1999 redistribution, the new Kitchener Centre was formed out of the old Kitchener and Kitchener-Wilmot ridings.
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In the old riding of Kitchener, Liberal Jim Breithaupt won five straight elections, serving from 1967 to 1981. Liberal Jim Cooke won in 1985 and 1987, but was defeated by NDP candidate Will Ferguson in 1990.
Ferguson served in Bob Rae's cabinet but left it in 1992 and later left the NDP caucus after being accused of misconduct at a girls' reform school two decades earlier. (The accusations were not sexual in nature.) Ferguson was later acquitted of all charges and returned the NDP caucus, but resigned from provincial politics in 1994 to make an unsuccessful bid to become Kitchener's mayor.
In the old riding of Kitchener-Wilmot, Liberal John Sweeney held the seat from 1975 to 1990. After serving in several cabinet posts, he was defeated by NDP candidate Mike Cooper in 1990. Cooper was in turn defeated by PC candidate Gary Leadston in 1995.
Leadston lost his seat in 1996 when Mike Harris's Tories whittled down the total number of provincial ridings. He was forced to compete for the party nomination in Kitchener Centre, but lost to Wayne Wettlaufer, who went on to win the riding in 1999.
Wettlaufer lost the seat in 2003 when Liberal John Milloy defeated him by 2,155 votes.
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