Mississauga East - Cooksville (048)
This Greater Toronto Area riding contains an ethnically diverse part of the city of Mississauga. The riding boundaries are Queensway East and Queensway West to the south, Highway 403, Central Parkway and Burnhamthorpe Road East to the north, Etobicoke Creek to the east and Mavis Road to the west.
According to the 2001 census, the immigrant population is about 57 per cent, with significant East Indian and Chinese communities. Only 42 per cent listed English as their mother tongue.
This riding is predominantly residential with the manufacturing sector being the major employer. Average family income is $63,877 and unemployment is 6.3 per cent. More than 44 per cent of dwellings are rented.
The riding of Mississauga East-Cooksville was created in 2007 using 64 per cent of Mississauga East and 35 per cent of Mississauga Centre.
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In the Mississauga East riding, Conservative Bud Gregory won in 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1985. He was defeated in 1987 by Liberal John Sola, who was re-elected in 1990, but was later expelled from the Liberal caucus after making anti-Serbian statements.
Carl DeFaria took the seat back for the Tories in 1995 and held onto it in 1999, but lost in 2003 as Liberal Peter Fonseca won by 2,860 votes.
Tory Rob Sampson won Mississauga Centre comfortably in 1999, beating Liberal George Winter by over 4,100 votes. But in 2003, Tory support was on the wane. Sampson lost to Liberal Harinder S. Takhar that year. Takhar was named transportation minister in 2003 and, in 2007, small business and entrepreneurship minister.
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