Thunder Bay--Rainy River
Population: 85,153, of which 63,180 are eligible to vote.
The riding has voted Liberal since it was created in 2004, and its predecessors have voted Liberal except for the period from 1984 to 1993 where NDP MP Iain Angus was elected (he's now on our city council) and before 1935, when Robert James Manion (the Progressive Conservative leader at the time) represented the riding. (Manion was the last Conservative to serve from NWO until 2007, when Joe Comuzzi crossed the floor.) This riding is currently represented by Ken Boshcoff (Liberal).
Unrelated but interesting fact: The riding of Kenora (and its predecessors) haven't elected a conservative since it was part of the ridings that include Port Arthur and Fort William. Except for the period between 1984 and 1988, it has always been Liberal.
Thunder Bay is the only city in Northern Ontario to have its urban area split between two ridings. The other is Thunder Bay--Superior North.
Last election results:
Liberal - 13,525
New Democrat - 12,862
Conservative - 10,485
Green - 1,189
Marijuana - 424
This election, the NDP will mostly likely gain the seat.
(Photo by me
My street, the riding's poorest neighbourhood. (Some First Nations may be poorer but there are relatively few of them in this riding than other Northern Ontario ridings.)
(Photo by TBT1
One of the less urban, more middle class neighbourhoods. This is Westfort (lower half) and Northwood (upper half).
(Photo by John Brownlow
Downtown Atikokan, a town of 2,000 (was once 8,000) is the third largest community in the riding.
(Photo by Punchup
Fort Francis court house. The town of 8,000 is the fourth largest community in Northwestern Ontario, and the second largest in the riding.
(Photo by Brian D. Tucker
Kakabeka Falls, the 'Niagara of the North' is in the riding and will have to do as a wilderness shot.