Sault Ste. Marie (79)
This northern riding lies north of the St. Mary's River, which is also the boundary between Canada and the United States in the area.
The largest sector of the local economy here consists of manufacturing, with a major employer being the Algoma Steel Corporation.
Algoma University College and Sault Ste. Marie Airport are included in this riding. This is one of the few Ontario ridings to have experienced a decline in population since the 1991 census.
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Progressive Conservative William Howard Hearst, who was premier from 1914 to 1919, was elected in Sault Ste. Marie in 1908, 1911 and 1914. The Labour Party held the seat briefly, winning in 1919 after which the Tories continued their winning streak in 1923, 1926 and 1929.
The Liberals were elected again in 1934 and 1937, followed by the provincial Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in 1943, 1945 and 1948. The Tories returned to power in 1951, and held the seat until 1985, when the NDP's Karl Morin-Strom toppled Russ Ramsay. Morin-Strom won again in 1987, and the seat went to New Democrat Tony Martin in 1990.
Martin retained the seat in 1999 and was named a deputy speaker in the legislature. He resigned the position in December 2000 to protest Mike Harris's government's inaction on poverty issues.
Martin ran again in 2003, but was soundly defeated by Liberal David Orazietti, who won by 8,670 votes. Martin went to win Sault Ste. Marie's federal riding in 2004 and 2006.
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