This riding is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario approximately 60 kilometres east of Toronto.
It takes in most of city of Oshawa, a centre of the Canadian automobile industry. One of the province's most industrial regions, it's no surprise that the local economy is dominated by General Motors.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the riding combined more than one-third of Durham Centre with more than three-quarters of the old Oshawa riding.
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The old riding of Oshawa was traded between the NDP and Tories for years, beginning with victories by CCF candidate T.D. Thomas in 1955 and 1959.
Thomas was defeated by Tory Albert Walker in 1963, but the seat was recaptured when the NDP's Cliff Pilkey beat Walker in 1967. Pilkey was in turn defeated by Tory Charles McIlveen in 1971.
In 1975, the NDP's Mike Breaugh won the riding and was re-elected in the next four elections. The NDP continued its streak when Allan Pilkey, son of Cliff, won in 1990. Pilkey served in the cabinet of Bob Rae, but was defeated by Jerry Ouellette in 1995.
In Durham Centre, Liberal Allan Furlong defeated NDP candidate Sarah Kelly in 1987. The NDP's Drummond White beat Furlong in 1990. Jim Flaherty won the seat for the Tories in 1995, and then won Whitby-Ajax in 1999.
Ouellette retained his seat in the redistributed riding in 1999 and 2003, albeit by a thin margin in the latter race; he defeated New Democrat Sid Ryan by 1,019 votes.
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