123 Don Valley East
This ethnically diverse Toronto riding has the fifth largest immigrant
population in Canada. According to the 2001 census, 59 per cent of residents are immigrants,
with 13 per cent Chinese and more than six per cent East Indian. Only
43 per cent listed English as their mother tongue.
It runs from Sunrise Avenue in the south to Finch Avenue, Highway 404 and
the Hydro Transmission lines in the north between Leslie Street, the CN
Rail line and the Don River in the west and Victoria Park Avenue in the
Renters make up 56 per cent of the population, with large clusters of high
rise buildings throughout the riding. The average family income is $64,085,
but more than 20 per cent are in the low-income bracket. Unemployment is
eight per cent. The service sector and manufacturing are the main industries.
Don Valley East lost five per cent of its territory in the 2004
redistribution, with the southern boundary moving north to Sunrise
Ave. The riding was established in 1976, from parts of York-Scarborough
and York North. In 1996 it was substantially changed in a merger
with Don Valley North.
1984, 1988: PC
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB
The riding swings between Tory and Liberal candidates. David Collenette
held it from 1993 until his resignation in 2004. He was minister of
transportation, minister of national defence and minister of veterans
affairs in the Chretien cabinet. Collenette first won the riding in
1974, but was defeated in 1979 and won again in 1980. In 1984 he lost
to PC Alan Redway.
Redway was minister of state for housing in the Mulroney government.
In 1988 he defeated Yasmin Ratansi for the Liberals. Redway resigned
in 1991 after being arrested for making a joke at an airport about
a friend having a weapon.