Windsor West (103)
This southern riding, on the south shore of the Detroit River, is home to sizable Italian and Greek communities.
It includes the western half of the city of Windsor and, owing to its close proximity to the U.S. border, boasts a large number of residents who have immigrated from the U.S.
The largest employer in this heavily unionized riding is the automobile and auto parts manufacturing industry.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Windsor West combined 75 per cent of Windsor-Sandwich with 58 per cent of Windsor-Walkerville and five per cent of Windsor-Riverside.
There was no change in the 2007 redistribution.
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The riding of Windsor-Walkerville was held by Liberal Bernard Newman from 1959 to 1987, following which fellow Liberal Mike Ray won the seat for one more term. The Liberal reign ended temporarily in 1990 when NDP candidate Wayne Lessard won the seat, but resumed with the 1995 victory of current incumbent Dwight Duncan.
The former riding of Windsor-Sandwich did not elect a Tory MPP for nearly four decades. New Democrat Ted Bounsall won in 1975 and 1977, but lost to Liberal Bill Wrye in 1981 by just 134 votes. Wrye was re-elected in 1985 and 1987. In 1990, the NDP's George Dadamo won the riding; it passed to the Liberals, represented by Sandra Pupatello, in 1995.
After the 1999 redistribution, Pupatello enjoyed runaway victories in the newly created Windsor West riding in 1999 and 2003, winning by over 18,000 and 14,000 votes, respectively.
In 2005, she was named minister responsible for women's issues. The following year, she also became economic development and trade minister.
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