Whitby - Oshawa (100)
This middle- to upper-class riding runs along the shore of Lake Ontario within easy commuting distance of Toronto.
It includes all of the town of Whitby, plus the northeast section of Oshawa.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Whitby-Ajax combined two-thirds of Durham Centre with nearly one-third of Durham West and a small part of Durham East. The 2007 redistribution removed all the territory from Ajax while adding 20 per cent of the Oshawa riding and three per cent of Durham.
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The Durham Centre riding, created in 1987, was won that year by Liberal Allan Furlong. In 1990, Furlong lost out by more than 2,000 votes to New Democrat Drummond White. White was in turn ousted in 1985 by Progressive Conservative Jim Flaherty, who won by more than 15,000 votes. Flaherty held various cabinet portfolios under Mike Harris, including as labour minister.
In Durham West, New Democrat Charles Godfrey defeated Liberal Des Newman in 1975. Godfrey was ousted in 1977 by Tory George Ashe, who won again in 1981 and 1985. Liberal Norah Stoner won the seat in 1987, followed by the NDP's Jim Wiseman in 1990.
Tory Janet Ecker won the seat in 1995, and went on to serve senior cabinet posts under Mike Harris and Ernie Eves, including an appointment as finance minister starting in April 2002.
After the 1999 redistribution, Ecker ran and won in the redistributed riding of Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge (where she was defeated four years later.)
Her Tory counterpart Jim Flaherty was also successful after the redistribution, winning in the newly created riding of Whitby-Ajax. Flaherty served as finance minister and deputy premier under Mike Harris, then ran for the Tory leadership in 2001 but lost to Ernie Eves. Flaherty kept the seat in 2003, beating Liberal Aldo DiGiovanni by more than 11,000 votes.
Flaherty resigned to run for the January 2006 federal election, as the Conservative candidate in the Whitby-Oshawa riding. He won and was named finance minister under Stephen Harper.
Meanwhile, Flaherty's wife, Christine Elliott, retained the seat for the Tories in the resulting byelection.
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