175 Parkdale-High Park
This west Toronto riding runs from mansions along the Humber River to boarding
houses near the Queen Street Mental Health Centre.
It stretches from Lake Ontario in the south to the CP Rail line in the
north between the Humber River and the CN tracks and Dufferin Street. High
Park and the Junction neighbourhoods are in this riding.
It is home to a mix of longtime and new Canadians, with an immigrant population
of 42 per cent. It also has the greatest share of Polish speakers in the
province. Primary employment sectors are manufacturing and service sector.
Rentals outnumber homeowners, 62 per cent to 38 per cent. Average family
income is $76,648 and unemployment is 6.6 per cent.
In 2004, the southeastern boundary has moved from Atlantic Avenue to Dufferin
Street. Parkdale-High Park was established in 1976 from portions of the
former ridings of Parkdale, High Park-Humber Valley and Davenport. In 1996
a part of York South-Weston was added.
1978 byelection: PC
1979, 1980: LIB
1988, 1993, 1997, 2000: LIB
In 2000 and in 1997, Liberal Sarmite Bulte defeated New Democrat
Parkdale riding was Conservative from 1917 until 1949, then voted
PC again in 1957 and 1958.
Liberal Stanley Haidasz was MP from 1962 to 1974. He was Canada's first
minister of state for multiculturalism and was appointed to the Senate
in 1978. In the newly formed Parkdale-High Park riding, PC Yuri Shymko
won the 1978 byelection, then was defeated by Liberal Jesse Flis
in 1979. In 1984, PC Andrew Witer defeated Flis, but Flis regained
office in 1988 and the riding has since elected Liberals.