Lambton - Kent - Middlesex (040)
This largely rural southwestern riding is home to five native reserves, including Ipperwash along Lake Huron's shore.
The riding runs from Lake Huron in the north to the Thames River in the south, with Lake St. Clair in the southwest corner.
It encompasses Wallaceburg, Petrolia, Strathroy, Forest, Glencoe, Wyoming and Walpole Island.
Its major sources of employment are manufacturing and agriculture.
Following the 1999 redistribution, this riding was formed from 40 per cent of Chatham-Kent, about 60 per cent of Lambton, 34 per cent of Middlesex and two per cent of Essex-Kent.
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PC candidate Lorne Henderson won elections in Lambton East in 1963 and in Lambton in 1967, 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1981. Liberal Dave Smith won Lambton in 1985 and 1987, and NDP candidate Ellen MacKinnon won in 1990. In 1995, it was won by PC Marcel Beaubien.
In the old riding of Chatham-Kent, Tory Darcy McKeough sat from 1967 until his retirement in 1978. The riding went to the Liberals, NDP and PCs in successive elections.
In the former riding of Middlesex, PC candidate Bob Eaton won in 1975, 1977 and 1981 before losing to Liberal Doug Reycraft in 1985. In 1990, the NDP's Irene Mathyssen defeated Reycraft.
Mathyssen finished third in 1995, unseated by PC Bruce Smith. She later ran in London-Fanshawe in 1997, 1999 and 2003 without success, but finally took the seat in 2006. Reycraft has since gone on to serve three terms as mayor of Southwest Middlesex.
In 1999, Smith ran in the redistributed Elgin-Middlesex-London riding, but lost to Liberal Steve Peters.
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex returned to PC hands in 1999 as Marcel Beaubien, former MPP for Lambton, took the seat over Liberal Larry O'Neill. Beaubien went down to defeat in 2003 as Liberal Maria Van Bommel beat him by 3,470 votes.
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