Ridings to Watch: Windsor West ON

Ridings to Watch: Windsor West ON


WATCH ABOVE: Laura DiBattista on the race in Windsor West

The introduction of star Liberal candidate Sandra Pupatello has made an otherwise safe NDP seat a riding to watch.

Pupatello is a former Liberal MPP who finished second to Kathleen Wynne for the Ontario Liberal leadership in 2013. Her main adversary is Brian Masse, the veteran New Democrat who has held this riding since a 2002 by-election.

Henry Lau is running for the Conservatives and Quinn Hunt is the Green candidate; both have been a part of the city’s iconic auto industry, which is facing many challenges on several fronts and is a key election issue in this southwestern Ontario riding.

 
IN 2015:

Brian Masse (NDP) won with 51.3% support — and a 26.1% margin of victory (12,243 votes) over Liberal runner-up Dave Sundin.

Windsor West was the 244th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 54.8%.


 
THE RIDING IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):

SIZE: 77.8 km2

POPULATION: 122,988 people in 2016: a change of 3.4% from 2011. The average age is 40.2, with 16.6% age 14 and under and 16.3% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 89.7% are Canadian citizens. 31.2% are immigrants. 2.4% indicated Aboriginal identity. 34.4% are visible minorities. 34.6% are 1st generation Canadians. 22.9% are 2nd generation. 42.5% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $214,198. Renters paid an average of $761 per month, with 21.3% in subsidized housing. 62.4% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 5.6% are condos. 1.8% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $26,318. 26.3% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 34.8% of children and 17.2% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are Canadian: 26965 / French: 21570 / English: 19080 / Irish: 14795 / Scottish: 13740

IMMIGRATION: Iraq, China, Lebanon, Italy, Asia-Other are the top birth origins for immigrants. Iraq is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Arabic, Italian, Mandarin, Urdu, and Spanish are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 63.13% English and 1.74% French.

EDUCATION: 19.1% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 23.5% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson