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|Ontario electoral district|
Mississauga South in relation to the other Toronto area ridings
|Federal electoral district|
|Legislature||House of Commons|
|District webpage||profile, map|
|Pop. density (per km²)||1,961.7|
It includes the neighbourhoods of Cawthra, Sheridan Heights, Park Royal, Clarkson, Rattray Park Estates, Lorne Park, Lorne Park Estates, Port Credit, Applewood Acres, Lakeview and Orchard Heights. It has a population of 113,003 and an area of 61 km2.
In 2003, it was defined to consist of the part of the City of Mississauga lying southeast of a line drawn from northeast to southwest along the Queensway to the Credit River, west along the Credit River, and southwest along Dundas Street West to the southwestern city limit.
Conservative support is centred in the interior of the riding, particularly in the upscale Lorne Park area, while the Liberals and the NDP tend to do better along the waterfront of the riding, such as Port Credit and Lakeview, and the eastern and western edges of the riding.
It consisted initially of the part of the City of Mississauga lying south of a line drawn from west to east along Highway 5, south along Cawthra Road, and east along the Queen Elizabeth Way.
In 1987, it was redefined to consist of the part of the City of Mississauga lying south of a line drawn from southwest to northeast along Dundas Street West, east along the Credit River, northeast along the Queen Elizabeth Way, northwest along Cawthra Road, and northeast along the Queensway East to the eastern city limit.
In 1996, it was redefined to consist of the part of the City of Mississauga lying south of a line drawn from southwest to northeast along Dundas Street West, southeast along Erin Mills Parkway, northeast along the Queen Elizabeth Way, northwest along Hurontario Street, northeast along the Queensway East to the northeastern city limit.
In 2003, it was given its current boundaries as described above.
The Mississauga South riding and its precursors, while being more competitive than in provincial elections, still has a generally conservative history, and despite voting Liberal since 1993, could be described as a small "c" conservative riding. The Progressive Conservatives held the riding from creation its first election in 1979 under Don Blenkarn, (who served as MP for Peel South, one of the precursor ridings between 1972–1974), until 1993, when he was defeated by Paul Szabo. With the exception of the 1988 election, Szabo has been the Liberal candidate in every election since 1980 (an election he almost won.)
The riding voting Liberal in 1993 can in part be blamed by vote splitting on the right, as Blenkarn was knocked into third place by the Reform Party candidate, although both were far behind Szabo, who only marginally improved on the Liberal performance from 1988, winning 37%, only 2% more than the 1988 Liberal result, and less than the combined vote total for the two right-wing parties. Szabo however greatly increased his percentage of the vote in the elections afterward, winning over 50% in every election from 1997–2004, despite facing a united right-wing vote in 2004.
In the 2006 election Szabo and the Liberals were re-elected again, however the Liberal vote dropped sharply, with the Conservatives coming within 5% of winning the riding, getting 40% of the vote, one of the best performances for them in the Greater Toronto Area. The riding was generally assumed to be a top Tory target for the next election, however, the drawn out and somewhat acrimonious nature of the Conservative nomination process, and Szabo's increased profile as a result of his chairmanship of the House of Commons Ethics committee may have damaged Conservative attempts to capture the riding. Despite the Conservatives strengthening in the 2008 election overall, Arrison was unable to defeat Szabo, and Mississauga South was one of the few ridings outside Quebec where the Liberal Party increased the percentage of the vote received from 2006 (albeit very slightly).
Members of Parliament
This riding has elected the following members of the Canadian House of Commons:
|Mississauga and Mississauga Centre prior to 1976|
|31st||1979–1980||Don Blenkarn||Progressive Conservative|
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Farah Kalbouneh||6,354||12.85||+4.01|
|Total valid votes||49,464||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||188||0.38||+0.05|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Matt Turner||4,104||8.84||-2.5||$1,722|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||46,395||100.00||$84,179|
|Total rejected ballots||155||0.33|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Mark De Pelham||5,898||11.3||+0.8|
|Canadian Action||Paul McMurray||129||0.2|
|Total valid votes||52,280||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Michael James Culkin||5,004||10.5||+6.4|
|Total valid votes||47,665||100.0|
Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.
|Canadian federal election, 2000|
|Progressive Conservative||David Brown||6,903||17.3||-6.4|
|New Democratic||Ken Cole||1,636||4.1||-1.3|
|Total valid votes||39,937||100.0|
Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.
|Canadian federal election, 1997|
|Progressive Conservative||Dick Barr||10,077||23.7||+0.4|
|New Democratic||Jessica Lott||2,302||5.4||+3.3|
|Natural Law||Scott Kay||199||0.5||0.0|
|Canadian Action||Aaron Gervais||150||0.4|
|Independent||Adrian Earl Crewson||141||0.3|
|Total valid votes||42,462||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 1993|
|Progressive Conservative||Don Blenkarn||10,763||23.3||-28.6|
|New Democratic||Lili V. Weemen||988||2.1||-9.8|
|Natural Law||Jeffrey graduate Dods||234||0.5|
|Independent||Michael John Charette||124||0.3|
|Total valid votes||46,110||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 1988|
|Progressive Conservative||Don Blenkarn||24,482||51.9||-4.5|
|New Democratic||Sue Craig||5,643||12.0||-2.7|
|Commonwealth of Canada||Patrick Descoteaux||59||0.1|
|Total valid votes||47,175||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 1984|
|Progressive Conservative||Don Blenkarn||32,946||56.4||+15.0|
|New Democratic||Norm Jones||8,584||14.7||-2.1|
|Total valid votes||58,404||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 1980|
|Progressive Conservative||Don Blenkarn||21,480||41.4||-7.5|
|New Democratic||Neil Davis||8,711||16.8||+0.6|
|Libertarian||Ian F. Darwin||405||0.8||+0.4|
|Independent||Michael John Charette||78||0.2|
|Total valid votes||51,822||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 1979|
|Progressive Conservative||Don Blenkarn||26,802||48.9|
|New Democratic||Colin Baynes||8,869||16.2|
|Total valid votes||54,795||100.0|
- "(Code 35050) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
- federal riding history from the Library of Parliament
- 2011 Results from Elections Canada
- Campaign expense data from Elections Canada
- Tom Simpson's Campaign for the Conservative Nomination in Mississauga South
- Paul Simas, Green Party of Canada Candidate in Mississauga South
- Green Party of Canada electoral district association for Mississauga South