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 DISTRICT: York South-Weston
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Alan Tonks LIB 20537 59.83% X
Paul Ferreira NDP 7281 21.21%
Stephen Halicki CON 5133 14.95%
Jessica Fracassi GRN 1199 3.49%
Shirley Hawley COM 175 0.51%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 183 of 183 polls reporting


212 York South-Weston

2004 Candidates

NDP: Paul Ferreira
GRN: Jessica Fracassi
CON: Stephen Halicki
COM: Shirley Hawley
LIB: Alan Tonks (Incumbent)

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
This north Toronto riding has a large working-class population and one of the lowest family incomes in the province.

It runs from Highway 401 in the north to the CP line in the south, between the Humber River in west and the CN Rail line, Rogers Road, Old Weston Road, Lavender Road and the CN line in the east.

The immigrant population is over 53 per cent in this multicultural riding. It includes people of Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, East Indian, Caribbean and African backgrounds.

The main employers are the manufacturing sector and service sector. Rentals outnumber homeowners, 53 per cent to 47 per cent. Average family income is $49,873 and unemployment is 7.9 per cent.

In 2004, a small area of Davenport has been added in the south. The riding was created in 1976 from 44 per cent of York South, 36 per cent of High Park-Humber Valley and eight per cent of Etobicoke ridings. The 1996 redistribution kept 92 per cent of the riding and added part of Eglinton-Lawrence.

Population: 114,539

Political History
1979-1993 - LIB
1997 - Non-Affiliated
2000 - LIB

In 2000, Liberal Alan Tonks defeated John Nunziata to win York South-Weston for the first time. Nunziata won this riding for the Liberals in 1984, 1988 and 1993. In November 1992, he was stripped of his critic status after speaking out against leader Jean Chrétien's appointment of Art Eggleton as a candidate. Nunziata was ejected from caucus in April 1996 after voting against the government's budget because it didn't scrap the GST as promised. He won as an independent in 1997, defeating Liberal Judy Sgro.

The former riding of York South voted Conservative from 1904-1945, except for a CCF win in a 1942 by election. It voted CCF in 1949 and 1953 and PC in 1957 and 1958. New Democrat David Lewis won in York South in 1962, was defeated in 1963 and won again in 1965, 1968 and 1972. Lewis became leader of the NDP in 1971. In 1974, Liberal Ursula Appoloni defeated Lewis by 1,863 votes. She went on to win in the new riding of York South-Weston in 1979 and 1980.

Candidate Profiles

Alan Tonks

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: April 2, 1943
Age: 61

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds an honours BA and MA in political economy from York University and a master's degree in education from the University of Toronto.
Career Background: Was the mayor of the former city of York from 1982 to 1988. He also served as Metro Councillor for York Humber and was chairman of Metropolitan Toronto council from 1998 to 1997. After the amalgamation of the city of Toronto, he was elected to serve as the first chairman and chief executive officer of the Greater Toronto Services Board, guiding efforts to integrate municipal and provincial services across the Greater Toronto Area. He has served as a member of the Metro Toronto Police Services Board, the Toronto Transit Commission, on the GO Transit board of directors and the Canadian Federation of Municipalities. He has also been an active volunteer in many community agencies and charities.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Cecile
Children: three - Christopher, Matthew and Alison

Political History
Municipal: Mayor of the city of York from 1982 to 1988.
Provincial: Was defeated in York South in 1987.
Federal: Won in York South-Weston in 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: to the Minister of the Environment (January to December 2003).
Committee: Former member: Environment and Sustainable Development committees; Human Resources Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities committees. Member: Human Resources Development Sub-Committee on Children and Youth at Risk. Currently a member of the Public Accounts and Transport committees.
Caucus: Served as chair of the Greater Toronto Area caucus and as member of the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues.
Office Address: 2534 Keele St., Toronto, Ont.
Tel: (416) 656-2526
Capital Address: Room 480 Confederation Building, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: (613) 995-0777

Stephen Halicki

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: Kitchener, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a BA from the University of Guelph.
Career Background: Moved to Toronto in the late 1970s and worked in and around the Metro area for some of Canada's leading networking and technology companies building a successful career as a sales and marketing executive. Companies included Xerox Canada, Northern Telecom Inc., Unitel, Canadian Satellite Communications, MetroNet Inc. and Rogers Network Services. In the 1980s, he worked for a few years in the Middle East. He then made another career change into the field of residential land development. His community involvement includes participation as a member of the Kinsmen Club in his hometown of Cambridge, Ont., and was also a key player in restoring the local historic Preston Law Bowling Club from near collapse to its former position as a place of leisure.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sharon
Children: two grown children

Political History
Provincial: Was defeated in York South-Weston in 2003.

Paul Ferreira

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 24
Birthplace: Azores Islands

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University.
Career Background: Former print journalist. He was communications director for the North American Broadcasters Association. He served as the head of North American public relations for a large international corporation. Is currently a member of the management team at a Toronto-based Canadian business intelligence firm, where he oversees the marketing and publishing departments. In the community, he sat on the board of a city-wide neighbourhood resource centre, helped start the CAW Toronto West Social Action Group, and is currently a member of Sojourn House, a shelter facility dedicated to assisting newly-arrived refugees. Politically, he managed one of the satellite offices of the David Miller for Mayor campaign, and chaired the Toronto organizing committee of Jack Layton's leadership campaign. Within the NDP, he has held a number of local, provincial and federal positions. He sits on the executive of the Ontario NDP and was vice-president of NDP Youth of Canada from 1997 to 1999 and was on the NDP Federal Council.
Name of Spouse/Partner: Tim Gernstein

Political History
Party: Has been active in the NDP since 1990. Is president of the Brampton West-Mississauga Federal NDP Riding Association. Co-managed the 1995 provincial campaign in Brampton North.
Federal: Was defeated in Brampton Centre in 1997.

Jessica Fracassi

Party: Green Party of Canada
Age: 25

Career Background: Holds bachelor of arts with a major in environmental studies from York University.

Political History
Party: She has been involved with the Green Party for the past three years and has worked as the Green Party of Ontario office manager for the past two. In the last provincial election, she assisted with the campaign of her local Green Party of Canada candidate.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Tel: (905) 562-8484

Shirley Hawley

Party: Communist Party

Career Background: A former auto assembly plant worker at GM and active member of CAW Local 199's peace and disarmament committee.


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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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