Simcoe - Grey (85)
This riding is located on south shore of Georgian Bay and includes Wasaga Beach, Thornbury, Collingwood, Flesherton, Markdale and Creemore.
This popular summer resort destination depends on tourism and manufacturing as primary sources of employment.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding Simcoe-Grey combined small parts of Grey-Owen Sound, Simcoe Centre and Simcoe East with almost all of Simcoe West.
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In the riding of Dufferin-Simcoe, which would eventually become much of the new riding of Simcoe West, the only Liberal ever elected was Wilfrid Davy Smith in 1934.
He was defeated in 1937 by Tory A.W. Downer, who went on to win the next 10 elections. Downer was succeeded by fellow Tory George McCague, who won in 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1985.
In 1987, Tory George McCague defeated Liberal Gary Johnson in the new Simcoe West riding by a slim 306 votes. Jim Wilson won the seat for the Tories in 1990, 1995 and 1999.
Wilson won again in 2003, beating Liberal Mark Redmond by 8,605 votes.
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