This southern riding in the Niagara region contains the cities of Port Colborne, Thorold, Wainfleet and Welland, and stretches north from the shore of Lake Erie. It also includes part of the city of St. Catharines south of St. Paul Street West, St. Paul Crescent, Twelve Mile Creek and Glendale Avenue.
The area is heavily industrialized and a large percentage of the work force is employed in steel, rubber, textile, automobile and other types of manufacturing. The average family income is $61,498.
In the 2001 census, more than seven per cent listed French as their mother tongue and 7.9 per cent were Italian.
The riding of Welland was re-established in 2007 from 75 per cent of Niagara Centre, 21 per cent of Erie-Lincoln, two per cent of Niagara Falls and 0.5 per cent of St. Catharines.
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In the former riding of Welland, Tory MPP Ellis Morningstar sat for 24 years, winning six elections from 1951 to 1975. In 1975, New Democrat Mel Swart won the seat after losing campaigns in 1967 and 1971. Swart continued his winning streak in the newly created riding of Welland-Thorold in 1977, 1981, 1985 and 1987.
The NDP held Welland-Thorold after Swart retired in 1988, with Peter Kormos winning the resulting byelection. Kormos won the riding again in 1990, serving briefly in the cabinet of Bob Rae, and again in 1995.
After the redistribution, Kormos won the new riding of Niagara Centre in 1999 and, by more than 10,000 votes, in 2003.
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