Pre-campaign report on the Davenport riding from John McGrath of CBC Radio News.
This downtown Toronto riding is on the west side of the old city of Toronto
and takes in part of the former city of York. It is bordered by the CN
line, Keele Street and Lavender Road in the west, Eglinton Avenue West,
Dufferin Street, Rogers Road and Holland Park Avenue in the north and
Winona Drive and Ossington Avenue in the east.
It contains the province's largest immigrant population, at 55 per cent.
It has the largest Portuguese community in Ontario, a large Italian and
Vietnamese community and a large black community.
The economic base is sustained by the manufacturing sector and a significant
proportion of residents are employed in the construction industry. More
than 20 per cent of the population have less than Grade 9 education.
Average household income is $53,687, one of the lowest in Ontario, and
unemployment is 6.8 per cent.
In the 2004 redistribution, Davenport took in part of Trinity-Spadina and
part of York South-Weston. The riding was established in 1933. Redistribution
in 1986 and 1996 added territory to the north and east.
1935, 1940, 1945: PC
1949, 1953: LIB
1957, 1958: PC
This riding has voted Liberal since 1962. Liberal incumbent Charles
Caccia has represented the riding since 1968, but lost the Liberal nomination race to Mario Silva leading up to the 2004 vote. He considered running as an Independent, but decided in early June not to do so. Caccia was minister of labour
and minister of environment under Trudeau.
Liberal Paul Hellyer served in 1949 and 1953, but was defeated in
1957 and 1958. He ran against Pierre Trudeau for the Liberal Party
leadership in 1968 and went on to found the Canadian Action Party in 1997. Walter Gordon held the riding for the Liberals from 1962 to 1968. He was minister of finance and receiver-general
in the Pearson cabinet.