London West (045)
This urban riding in southwestern Ontario boasts a diverse population, with about 20 per cent of its residents being recent immigrants.
The riding border runs from the London city limits in the north to the Thames River in the south. In the west, its boundary stretches along Wharncliffe Road and Wonderland Road; in the east, it ends at Highway 26 and Highbury Avenue.
The University of Western Ontario, Victoria Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital are in this riding. The two hospitals are among the major medical teaching facilities in southwestern Ontario.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, London North Centre was formed from parts of the old London Centre, London North and a small portion of Middlesex.
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Progressive Conservative John Robarts, who was Ontario's premier from 1961 to 1971, won the London North riding in 1955, 1959, 1963 and 1967. Robarts left politics in 1971 to serve as chancellor of the University of Western Ontario.
In 1975, Liberal Marv Shore defeated PC candidate Gord Walker; Shore later crossed the floor to join the Tories, and was defeated in the 1977 election by Liberal Rob Van Horne. Re-elected three times, Van Horne quit the legislature in 1987 after not being re-appointed to cabinet.
A 1988 byelection was won by PC candidate Dianne Cunningham, who came second to Mike Harris in a subsequent Tory leadership race. Cunningham held the riding until 2003, and served in the cabinets of Harris and Ernie Eves.
Cunningham was toppled in 2003, losing to Liberal Deb Matthews by 6,684 votes.
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