Northumberland - Quinte West (058)
This largely rural riding in southeastern Ontario runs from Rice Lake and the Trent River in the north to Lake Ontario in the south.
The major centres are Port Hope, Trenton, Cobourg, Colborne and Campbellford. The Alderville First Nation is also included in the northern part of the riding.
Although the riding is mostly rural, there are significant manufacturing and retail trade sectors. As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the riding added almost one-quarter of the old Quinte riding to the old Northumberland riding.
The 2007 redistribution added 15 per cent of Prince Edward-Hastings to the existing riding.
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In Northumberland, Tory Russell Rowe won five consecutive elections beginning in 1963, followed by fellow Tory Howard Sheppard in 1981 and 1985.
Joan Fawcett seized it for the Liberals in 1987 and won again in 1990, only to be defeated by Tory Douglas Galt in 1995. Galt held the riding in 1999 but lost in 2003 as Liberal Lou Rinaldi won by 2,560 votes.
In the Prince Edward-Hastings riding, created in 1999, Tory Gary Fox lost to Liberal Ernie Parsons by just 56 votes. Parsons kept his seat in 2003 but was appointed as a justice of the peace in June 2007, leaving his seat open for the 2007 election. No byelection was held since the election was scheduled for less than six months after Parsons left the seat.
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