This northern riding has Lake Nipissing in its northwest corner, part of Algonquin Park in the south and the Quebec border in the northeast. It includes the city of North Bay, where the majority of the people in the riding live, as well as Sturgeon Falls, Mattawa and the Nipissing First Nation.
About 16 per cent of residents list French as the mother tongue.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, Nipissing combined the bulk of the old Nipissing riding with more than one third of Parry Sound.
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Liberal Dick Smith won three elections consecutive elections in Nipissing starting in 1965, and was followed by fellow Liberal Mike Bolan in 1977.
Bolan fell to Progressive Conservative Mike Harris in 1981. Harris held the riding for more than 20 years, and served as premier from 1995 until his retirement in 2002.
Tory Al McDonald won the byelection triggered by Harris's departure, but enjoyed a brief time in power; Liberal Monique Smith defeated McDonald in the 2003 election.
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