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 DISTRICT: Don Valley West
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
John Godfrey LIB 30615 59.79% X
David Turnbull CON 14495 28.31%
David Thomas NDP 4393 8.58%
Serge Abbat GRN 1703 3.33%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 204 of 204 polls reporting


124 Don Valley West

2004 Candidates

GRN: Serge Abbat
LIB: John Godfrey (Incumbent)
NDP: David Thomas
CON: David Turnbull

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This highly affluent riding in downtown Toronto takes in parts of Moore Park, Leaside and Don Mills.

The riding is bordered by Highway 401 to the north and Millwood Road and the Don River to the south. Yonge Street, Broadway Avenue, Eglinton Avenue, Bayview Avenue and Moore Avenue are on the western boundary, and Don Mills Road, the CN Rail line and the east branch of the Don River are on the east.

According to the 2001 census, the average family income in this riding is $136,032, the second highest in the province. More than 31 per cent of its residents have university degrees and close to half of the members of the workforce hold professional or managerial positions. There are many major business headquarters in the riding, as well as Glendon College (York University). Unemployment is 6.4 per cent.

The immigrant population is 45 per cent, with significant Chinese and Jewish communities.

In 2004, the riding is substantially unchanged. The riding was created in 1976 as Don Valley and redrawn in 1996 to include part of Don Valley East and a small portion of Rosedale.

Population: 115,539

Political History

1968: LIB
1972, 1974: PC
1979-1988 inclusive: PC
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

Liberal John Godfrey has held the riding since 1993. In 2000, he defeated PC Michael Murton. In December 2003, Paul Martin named Godfrey parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on cities. PC John Bosley held the riding for four terms, beginning in 1979. Tory strategist and Mulroney adviser Dalton Camp ran in this riding and lost. He was defeated by Liberal Bob Kaplan in 1968.


Candidate Profiles

John Godfrey

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Dec. 19, 1942
Age: 61
Birthplace: Toronto

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA from Trinity College at University of Toronto in 1965.
MA in philosophy from Balliol College at Oxford University in 1967.
Doctorate of philosophy from St. Anthony's College at Oxford in 1975.
Profession: Journalist
Career Background: Assistant professor in History at Dalhousie University (1970-1976).
Associate professor at Dalhousie University (1977-1987).
President of King's College (1977-1987).
Editor and editor-at-large for Financial Post (1987-1991).
Expert on social, economic and environmental public policy.
Vice-president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (1992-1993.
Has written several programs for TV and radio.
Founding co-host of TVO's current affairs program Between The Lines (1991-present).
President of the Council for Canadian Unity; member of UNICEF Friends Group; former board member of Pollution Probe, World University Services, and CUSO; member of E.K. Haub Program advisory Council, York University; chair of the Royal Society of Canada advisory Committee and International Board; board member of Ballet Jorgen; founder of New Canada Project, Financial Post Environmental Awards for Business; co-founder of Ethiopia Airlift, Adopt-a-Village and committee of Concerned Nova Scotians for Justice.
Author of Capitalism at War in 1987.
Co-authored The Canada We Want - Competing Visions for the New Millenium in 1999.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Trish
Children: Ian

Political History
Federal: Elected in Don Valley West (1993, 1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister for international co-operation and minister responsible for La Francophonie (1996-97).
To minister of Canadian heritage (1997-98).
To the Prime Minister with special emphasis on cities (as of Dec. 12, 2003).
Committees: Former chair of Canadian Heritage; Industry; sub-committee on Children and Youth at Risk.
Former vice-chair of Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources.
Former member of Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources; Citizenship and Immigration; and the joint committee on Official Languages.
Member of Environment and Sustainable Development.
Caucus: Former chair of the national children's agenda caucus committee.
Chair of caucus social policy committee for four years.
Office Address: 203-146 Laird Dr., Toronto, ON, 416-467-7275.
Capital Address: Room 184, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, 613-992-2855.

David Turnbull

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: March 17, 1942
Age: 62
Birthplace: Newcastle, England
Year of Arrival in Canada: 1969

University Degree: No
Education: Canadian Institute of Management, University of Toronto.
Hotel management, Edinburgh College of Domestic Services.
Profession: Businessperson
Career Background: Worked in hotel management in Britain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Served as president of Turnbull Luetolf Ltd. Former manager, Xerox Canada Inc. Served as President of Rose Park Realty Ltd.
Former president of the Ratepayers Association. Founding member of Citizens for Tax Reform in Ontario. Former chair of North York Appeal of Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal. Member of advisory Board of Friends and Advocates, North York. Member of Swiss-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Member of Albany Club and the Beaver Valley Ski Club.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Cecile
Children: Nicole and Andrew

Political History
Party: Director of the PC Ontario Fund.
Member of the Mike Harris task force on bringing common sense to metro.
Provincial: Elected in York Mills (1990 and 1995).
Elected in Don Valley West (1999).
Defeated in Don Valley West (2003).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Ontario minister without portfolio (1997).
Minister of transportation (1999).
Solicitor-general (2001).
Associate minister of enterprise, opportunity and innovation (2002).
Committee: Member of Ontario standing committee on Resources Development; and Finance.
Caucus: Chair of Ontario PC caucus strategy committee on infrastructure and regional development.
Member of PC caucus economic strategy committee.
PC deputy Whip (1990).
Former critic areas: Government services, transportation, management, and board of cabinet.
Chief government Whip (1995).

David Thomas

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

Serge Abbat

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Career Background: Has travelled the world extensively. Was project manager with IBM Canada.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 416-822-2359

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 Overall Election Results (2004)
Party Elected Leading Total Vote Share
LIB 135 0 135 36.71%
CON 99 0 99 29.61%
BQ 54 0 54 12.40%
NDP 19 0 19 15.69%
NA 1 0 1 .13%
OTH 0 0 0 5.47%
 Last Update June 29, 5:39:26 AM EDT


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