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 DISTRICT: Toronto Centre
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Bill Graham LIB 30336 56.53% X
Michael Shapcott NDP 12747 23.75%
Megan Harris CON 7936 14.79%
Gabriel Draven GRN 2097 3.91%
Jay Wagner MP 313 0.58%
Dan Goldstick COM 106 0.19%
Philip Fernandez ML 65 0.12%
Kevin Peck CAP 63 0.12%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 217 of 217 polls reporting


200 Toronto Centre

2004 Candidates
GRN: Gabriel Draven
MLP: Philip Fernandez
COM: Dan Goldstick
LIB: Bill Graham (Incumbent)
CON: Megan Harris
CAP: Kevin Peck
NDP: Michael Shapcott
MP: Jay Wagner

Riding Profile
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This downtown Toronto riding mixes the wealthy enclave of Rosedale with the densely populated apartments of St. Jamestown and a noted gay district.

The riding stretches from Toronto Harbour in the south to the southern boundary of Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the north, between the Don River in the east and Avenue Road, Queen's Park, College Street and Yonge Street in the west.

The population of the riding is among the most transient in Canada. Rentals outnumber homeowners 73 per cent to 27 per cent. Average family income is $124,082 (the third highest in Canada) and unemployment is 7.8 per cent. The majority of jobs are in the service sector, including finance and insurance. More than 34 per cent of residents have university degrees.

According to the 2001 census, 42 per cent of the population are immigrants, with a significant Chinese community.

In 2004, Toronto Centre added a small part of St. Paul's in the northwest and Toronto-Danforth n the northeast. The riding of Rosedale was established in 1933. Its name was changed to Toronto Centre-Rosedale in 1996 and to Toronto Centre in 2004.

Political History

1935, 1940, 1945: PC
1949, 1953: LIB
1957, 1958: PC
1962-1974 inclusive: LIB
1978 byelection-1988 inclusive: PC
1993: LIB
1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Bill Graham defeated Conservative Randall Pearce to win Toronto Centre-Rosedale for a third term. Graham has been minister of foreign affairs since January 2002. In 1988, PC David MacDonald, who had served four terms in Egmont riding in Prince Edward Island, defeated Graham by 80 votes. In 1993, Graham defeated MacDonald. In 1997, MacDonald transferred to the New Democrats and was defeated in Toronto Centre-Rosedale.

Liberal Donald MacDonald, who was government House leader; minister of defence; minister of energy, mines and resources; and minister of finance in the Trudeau era, was MP for Rosedale from 1962 to 1978, when he resigned. In a byelection to replace him in October 1978, Conservative David Crombie was first elected. Crombie was re-elected in 1979, 1980 and 1984, and was minister of health and welfare, minister of Indian affairs and northern development and minister responsible for multiculturalism in the Mulroney era. He resigned in 1988.


Candidate Profiles

Bill Graham

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Mar. 17, 1939
Age: 65
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA and LL.B. from University of Toronto.
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: More than 20 years' experience in the legal profession. Former professor with the U of T faculty of law. Former director of the centre of international studies at U of T. Served as a member of the C.B.A./A.B.A. special joint committee to prepare a draft Treaty for the Settlement of Disputes between Canada and United States Agreement. Former president of Alliance Française de Toronto. Former Canadian representative at the UNCITRAL session which prepared the Model Law for International Commercial Arbitration.

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Catherine
Children: Katherine and Patrick

Political History
Party: Member of the Liberal party since 1970.
Federal: Defeated in Rosedale (1984 and 1988). Elected in Rosedale (1993). Elected in Toronto Centre-Rosedale (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Currently minister of foreign affairs.
Committee: Former chair and vice-chair of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Vice-chair of cabinet committee on Global Affairs. Vice co-chair of cabinet committee on Canada/U.S. Member of cabinet committees on Priorities and Planning; and Security, Public Health and Emergencies.
Office Address: 1805-365 Bloor St. East, Toronto, Ont., 416-954-2222.
Capital Address: Room 418-North, Centre Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-992-5234.

Megan Harris

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in political science from Bishop's University.
Profession: Financial services
Career Background: Former country strategist for one of Canada's leading financial institutions. Managed the Secretariat of the Business Climate Deputies committee at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. Senior policy adviser to two provincial cabinet ministers. Current president of Harris Consulting.
Community: Director of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. Member of the advisory committee of the Conference Board of Canada. Member of the board of directors and conference chair of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs. Member of the organizing committee, Leadership Sinai, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Political History
Party: Volunteer, federal and provincial elections in Toronto Centre and St. Paul's. Board member, Toronto Centre federal Conservative association.

Michael Shapcott

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: No
Education: Attended Faculty of General Studies at the University of Calgary and Faculty of Law at University of Toronto. Took intensive program in poverty law through Parkdale Community Legal Services.
Career Background: Co-ordinator of the Community/University Research Partnerships program at University of Toronto's Centre for Urban and Community Studies. Former manager of government relations and communications for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.
Community: Co-ordinated the Rupert Pilot Project, an innovative community development project to provide housing and services for 525 rooming house tenants. Served on corporate minimum tax working group of Ontario Fair Tax Commission. Former community worker with homeless adults at the Toronto Christian Resource Centre. Co-chair and a founding member of the National Housing and Homelessness Network. Founding member of Toronto Disaster Relief committee; Toronto Coalition Against Homelessness; and Bread Not Circuses Coalition.
Marital Status: Divorced
Children: Nicole and Malcolm

Gabriel Draven

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Toronto Centre-Rosedale (2003).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 416-467-0777.

Philip Fernandez

Party: The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated as independent in St. Paul's (1999). Defeated in Toronto Centre-Rosedale (2003).
Federal: Defeated as independent in Bramalea-Gore-Malton (1997). Defeated in Toronto Centre-Rosedale (2000).

Dan Goldstick

Party: The Communist Party of Canada

Political History
Federal: Defeated as CPC in Etobicoke Centre (1988). Defeated in York South-Weston (1993). Defeated in Toronto Centre-Rosedale (2000).

Kevin Peck

Party: Canadian Action Party

Jay Wagner

Party: Marijuana Party

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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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