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 DISTRICT: York West
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Judy Sgro LIB 17903 64.74% X
Sandra Romano Anthony NDP 4228 15.29%
Leslie Soobrian CON 3120 11.28%
Joseph Grubb CHP 1580 5.71%
Tim McKellar GRN 824 2.98%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 172 of 172 polls reporting

Ridings

213 York West

2004 Candidates
CHP: Joseph Grubb
GRN: Tim McKellar
NDP: Sandra Romano Anthony
LIB: Judy Sgro (Incumbent)
CON: Leslie Soobrian

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
This northwest Toronto riding has an immigrant population of 61 per cent – the third highest in Canada. Almost 18 per cent listed Italian as their ethnic origin, and there are large Jamaican and East Indian communities.

The riding stretches from Highway 401 in the south to Steeles Avenue West in the north between the Humber River in the west and Keele Street, Grandravine Drive, Black Creek, Sheppard Avenue West and Jane Street in the east.

Manufacturing is the main industry sector and the riding contains a large number of light furniture and cabinet-making companies. Renters outnumber homeowners, and the riding includes bungalows and two-storey dwellings beside high-rises, many of them public housing. Average family income is $45,924, the lowest in the province, and unemployment is 8.8 per cent. More than 15 per cent have less than Grade 9 education, the second highest in the province.

In 2004, the northeastern boundary has moved west to Keele Street and a portion of York Centre south of Grandravine Drive has been added. The riding was originally established in 1867, abolished in 1903 and re-established in 1914. The 1996 redistribution kept 78 per cent of the riding and added part of York Centre.

Population: 110,384

Political History
In 2000, Liberal Judy Sgro defeated the Alliance's Munish Chandra to win. She had won a November 1999 by election. The riding has been Liberal since 1962.

Sergio Marchi won the riding for the Liberals in 1984, 1988, 1993 and 1997. He was appointed by Jean Chrétien as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Minister of Environment. He resigned in August 1999 and was named Ambassador to the World Trade Organization. Jim Fleming, a former Minister of State for Multiculturalism, was MP from 1972-1984.

The riding voted Conservative from 1940 to 1962. Liberal Red Kelly won in 1962 and 1963. Liberal Robert Winters won a single term in 1965, but didn't run again after he lost the Liberal leadership. Phil Givens won in 1968.

1917-1930 - CONS
1935 - LIB
1940-1958 - PC
SINCE 1962 - LIB



Candidate Profiles

Judy Sgro

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: December 16, 1944
Age: 59
Birthplace: Moncton, N.B.

Career Background: Was a former customer services representative for a bank and a community worker in North York's Amesbury neighbourhood. She served as Metro councillor; was instrumental in establishing the "John School" and "Streetlight" first-offenders programs that provide support and understanding to those involved in street prostitution. She sat on the city's Executive and Budget committees and was chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Drugs, as well as the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. As a Metropolitan Toronto Council and Regional Councillor in 1994, she was a member of the Metro Budget Committee and the Standing Committee on Planning and Transportation. She also served as the Mayor's designate and as vice-chair of the Toronto Police Services Board. Involved in many community affairs, she was president of the Cancer Society and member of the board of governors for Villa Colombo, a home for seniors.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sam
Children: three - Cathy, Deanna and Sam Jr.

Political History
Municipal: Was Ward 2 Councillor in the former city of North York from 1987 to 1995. Was elected Metro Councillor for North York-Humber in 1994. Sat on and chaired some 27 committees, task forces and associations.
Federal: Was defeated in York South-Weston in 1997. Was elected in by elections in York West in November 1999 and in 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Parliamentary Secretary: to Minister of Public Works and Government Services from January to December 2003.
Committee: Former vice-chair, Health committee. Former member of Health committee; Justice and Human Rights committee; Human Resources Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities committee; Government Operations & Estimates committee; Sub-Committee on Public Service Renewal; Sub-Committee on Whistleblowing; also a member of Cabinet Committees on Priorities and Planning; Domestic Affairs; Global Affairs; Canada/U.S.; Security, Public Health and Emergencies.
Caucus: Chaired the GTA Sub-Committee of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization project and was a Federal member of the 2008 Olympic bid. Also chaired the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues, and has been a member of the Greater Toronto Area caucus (as vice-chair); the Women's Caucus; the Social Policy Caucus, the Caucus on Post-Secondary Education; Travel and Tourism Caucus; the National Children's Agenda; and the Foreign Affairs and Defence Caucus.
Office Address: 25-2201 Finch Ave W., Toronto, Ont.
Tel: (416) 744-1882
Capital Address: Room 239, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: (613) 992-7774




Leslie Soobrian

Party: Conservative Party of Canada




Sandra Romano Anthony

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Birthplace: Trinidad & Tobago

University Degree: Yes
Education: Studied at the University of the West Indies; holds a doctorate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Profession: A nutritionist and activist in the labour movement.
Career Background: Worked for the World Health Organization. She was elected chief steward and president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3907 and vice-president/acting president of the OISE/UT Graduate Students' Association. She is currently a member of the United Steel Workers of America Local 1998, representing staff at the University of Toronto, and serves as an instructor, activist and steward in the faculty of medicine. She is also a member of the board of directors of Sherbourne Health Centre. In the community, she serves as a lector, Eucharistic minister and member of several ad hoc committees at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church.




Tim McKellar

Party: Green Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: A graduate of Ryerson University.
Career Background: Currently works as a controller for a large contracting firm just north of the riding.

Political History
Party: A five-year member of the Green Party of Ontario and is the current CEO of the federal riding association.




Joseph Grubb

Party: Christian Heritage Party
Birth Date: 1957
Birthplace: Waterloo, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a doctor of practical theology from the Master's Graduate School of Divinity; a master of ministry from the Master's Graduate School of Divinity (with a focus in pastoral service), a bachelor of theology from Emmanuel Bible College, a BA from St. Francis Xavier University, a diploma in appliance servicing and refrigeration from Conestoga College, and is a certified pastoral counsellor with the government of Canada and the Evangelical Order of Pastoral Counsellors of America.
Career Background: He is a general overseer for Free Spirit Ministries International, has been a senior minister with the Toronto Christian International Fellowship (TCIF) since 1990, an ordained minister with the Canadian Fellowship of Churches and Ministers (CFCM) and is self-employed with four businesses.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Betty Ann

Tel: (905)303-1814

 


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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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