Windsor·Canada Votes 2019

RIDING GUIDE: What you need to know about Windsor West

CBC Windsor is here to help you make an informed decision in time for the federal election on Oct. 21st.

Statistics, voting history, candidates and more

The riding of Windsor West. (Elections Canada)

Windsor West has a population of 122,988 and is home to 93,826 registered voters.

The riding is home to the main campuses of the University of Windsor and St. Clair College, four border crossings (Ambassador Bridge, Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry, Michigan Central Railway Tunnel) and will one day add a fifth, the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

It is also home to the some of the region's largest employers, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Windsor Regional Hospital.

Windsor Morning host Tony Doucette moderated a Windsor West candidate's debate on Oct. 16. Tap the player to watch.

Age, Income and Diversity

According to Statistics Canada's 2016 census, the population of Windsor West is younger than the Canadian average (40.2 vs. 41), and household income ($70,377) is lower than Windsor—Tecumseh ($80,569), Essex ($109,551) and the Canadian average ($92,764)

2.4 per cent of the population identifies as Indigenous, compared to 4.9 per cent nationally.

34 per cent of the riding's population identifies as a visible minority, compared to 16 percent in Windsor—Tecumseh, 6 per cent in Essex, and 22 per cent of the Canadian population as a whole. The four largest visible minority groups in Windsor West are Arab, South Asian, Chinese and Black.

2019 Candidates

There are currently six candidates running in Windsor West. The deadline for candidates to submit their nomination papers to Elections Canada is September 30.

Here they are, in alphabetical order by last name:

People's Party of Canada
(Darryl Burrell Campaign)

Occupation: CNC Machinist

What is the most important local issue in Windsor West the federal government should solve?
The cost of living is the biggest driver of poverty in this country. And the west riding has been hit hard. We need to develop a national energy and food policy. A healthy society is a happy society. We should also go back to pre 1975 interest free lending from the Bank of Canada.

HUNT, Quinn
Green Party of Canada
(Quinn Hunt Campaign)

Occupation: Law Student, Dual JD Program at UWindsor/UDM

What is the most important local issue in Windsor West the federal government should solve?
There is one issue that is both local and global. It spans the world but is felt in every local community, even ours. Storms, heatwaves, and flooding are being worsened and made deadly by the climate crisis. We are running out of time; we must fight on or we will lose everything.

LAU, Henry
Conservative Party of Canada
(Henry Lau Campaign)

Occupation: Mould Maker & Manufacturing Business Consultant

What is the most important local issue in Windsor West the federal government should solve?
To get Windsor to have access again within the next Conservative federal government, so our local issues can be advocated at the governing table. To get prosperous results for our region on jobs, business and trade. Henry has created 100s of jobs and will get the results we need!

MASSE, Brian
New Democratic Party of Canada
(Brian Masse Campaign)

Occupation: Member of Parliament

What is the most important local issue in Windsor West the federal government should solve?
A National Auto Strategy. Trade deals and new tech are changing the sector. To retain and attract good jobs, industry, labour and government must work together to promote innovation that leads to manufacturing. End no-strings-attached government handouts for real accountability.

Liberal Party of Canada
(Sandra Pupatello Campaign)

Occupation: Owner, Management Consulting Firm

What is the most important local issue in Windsor West the federal government should solve?
Jobs and economic growth are critical issues in Windsor. We need a government that understands the importance of trade, infrastructure and community investments to unlock Windsor's potential. I'm thrilled to run for the Liberals, who helped add more than a million jobs in 4 years.

Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
(Margaret Villamizar Campaign)

Occupation: Retired English as a second language assessor

What is the most important local issue in Windsor West the federal government should solve?
Lack of a sovereign economy is playing havoc with Windsor's industrial base. Citizens have no say over other things that affect our lives either, like the new hospital or new private bridge. The fight for our own empowerment is the response to "there is no alternative" to this.

Voting History

Liberal Herb Gray held the riding from its creation in 1968 until his retirement in 2002. Since then, Windsor West has been held by the NDP's Brian Masse, who first won the seat in the 2002 by-election.

Here are the results of every election in Windsor West since 2000. Only the top five candidates are displayed, ordered by percentage of votes received.

2015 General Election

  1. NDP — Brian Masse — 51.3%
  2. Liberal — Dave Sundin — 25.2
  3. Conservative — Henry Lau — 20.8
  4. Green — Cora LaRussa — 2.3
  5. Marxist-Leninist — Margaret Villamizar — 0.3

2011 General Election

  1. NDP — Brian Masse — 54.3%
  2. Conservative — Lisa Lumley — 31.6
  3. Liberal — Melanie Deveau — 10.9
  4. Green — Alishia Fox — 2.8
  5. Marxist-Leninist — Margaret Villamizar — 0.4

2008 General Election

  1. NDP — Brian Masse — 52.5%
  2. Conservative — Lisa Lumley — 22.6
  3. Liberal — Larry Horwitz — 18.6
  4. Green — John Esposito — 5.7
  5. Communist — Elizabeth Rowley — 0.3

2006 General Election

  1. NDP — Brian Masse — 49.5%
  2. Liberal — Werner Keller — 25.4
  3. Conservative — Al Teshuba — 20.1
  4. Green — Jillana Bishop — 3
  5. Progressive Canadian — Chris Schnurr — 1.3

2004 General Election

  1. NDP — Brian Masse — 46%
  2. Liberal — Richard Pollock — 31.3
  3. Conservative — Jordan Katz — 18.9
  4. Green — Rob Spring — 3.5
  5. Marxist-Leninist — Enver Villamizar — 0.3

2002 By-Election

  1. NDP — Brian Masse — 42.68%
  2. Liberal — Richard Pollock — 35.14
  3. Canadian Alliance — Richard Fuschi — 16.5
  4. Progressive Conservative — Ian West — 2.91
  5. Green — Chris Holt — 1.99

2000 General Election

  1. Liberal — Herb Gray — 54.2%
  2. Canadian Alliance — Jeff Watson — 23
  3. NDP — John McGinlay — 15.9
  4. Progressive Conservative — Ian West — 5.5
  5. Independent — Christopher Soda — 0.8

Riding Boundaries

As the riding name implies, Windsor West consists of the western half of the City of Windsor.

The dividing line with Windsor-Tecumseh runs from the Detroit River south along Langlois Avenue to Tecumseh Road, east to Pillette Road, then south until Windsor International Airport. The line then runs along the airport's northern boundary until it hits the CN rail line, which it follows south to Hwy. 401.

Click here for the legal description and full map from Elections Canada.

Compiled by Robin Brown and Jonathan Pinto