Kitchener - Conestoga (038)
This southern Ontario riding includes both urban and rural areas, including part of the city of Kitchener southwest of Conestoga Parkway and west of Highway 8.
The riding surrounds the Kitchener-Waterloo and Kitchener Centre ridings and contains the townships of Wilmot, Wellesley and Woolwich.
According to the 2001 census, nine per cent of the population is of German origin. Manufacturing and the service sector are two of the major employers. The average family income is $72,893 and unemployment is 4.6 per cent.
Following the 1999 redistribution, the new Kitchener-Waterloo riding combined parts of the old ridings of Kitchener, Kitchener-Wilmot and Waterloo North.
The 2007 redistribution created this riding with 75 per cent of Waterloo-Wellington, 17 per cent of Kitchener Centre and seven per cent of Cambridge.
From Elections Ontario:
Kitchener - Conestoga [HTML] [PDF, 166KB]
( Acrobat Reader required - download free Acrobat Reader.)
John Wintermeyer, the Liberal leader from 1958 to 1963, won the former Waterloo-North riding in 1955 and 1959. Liberal Ed Good served there in 1967, 1971 and 1975, followed by fellow Liberal Herb Epp in 1977, 1981 and 1985.
In 1985, Epp beat Tory candidate Elizabeth Witmer. Five years later, Witmer returned to win the seat. She would repeat the victory in 1995 and 1999, holding cabinet posts under Mike Harris and Ernie Eves. Witmer was narrowly re-elected in 2003, beating Liberal Sean Strickland by 1,503 votes.
Wellington North, later to become part of Waterloo-Wellington, has long been a Tory stronghold. J.H. Root took the riding for the Tories in 1951; he was re-elected in Wellington-Dufferin in 1955, 1959, 1963, 1967 and 1971. In 1975, Conservative Jack Johnson followed in Root's footsteps, and was re-elected in 1977, 1981 and 1985. Johnson was followed by Tory Ted Arnott, who won the Wellington riding in 1990 and 1995, and who was re-elected in Waterloo-Wellington in 1999 and 2003.
(The CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external sites. External links will open in a new window.)
|Last Update:October 11, 2:25:56 AM EDT|
More Ontario Votes Headlines »
- McGuinty wins massive majority, Tory loses seat
- Dalton McGuinty won a second majority government for the Liberals in Ontario on Wednesday night, a triumph for a party that earlier expressed fears of a drop to minority status.
- Ontario rejects electoral reform in referendum
- Ontario voters have rejected a proposed electoral reform that would have seen some provincial legislators chosen based on a party's share of the popular vote, results showed Thursday.
- Ontario voter turnout a record low
- The percentage of eligible voters casting ballots in Wednesday's Ontario election hit an all-time low despite changes introduced in an effort to boost turnout.
- Ont. Green party scores 8 per cent of vote
- No Green party candidates made it to the Ontario legislature in Wednesday's election, but that defeat was sweetened by a swell in their share of the popular vote, which more than doubled.
- McGuinty only leader not facing leadership questions
- Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty won re-election in Ottawa South and NDP Leader Howard Hampton again won his northern Ontario riding of Kenora-Rainy River. PC Leader John Tory was defeated.