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DISTRICT: Toronto Centre
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Bill GrahamLIB3087452.23% X
Michael ShapcottNDP1403623.74%
Lewis RefordCON1076318.21%
Chris TindalGRN30805.21%
Johan BoydenCOM1200.2%
Michel PrairieNA1010.17%
Liz WhiteAAE720.12%
Philip FernandezML660.11%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 229 of 229 polls reporting


200 Toronto Centre

2006 Candidates:
AAEV:Liz White
CON:Lewis Reford
NA:Michel Prairie
CP:Johan Boyden
GRN:Chris Tindal
LIB:Bill Graham (Incumbent)
MLP:Philip Fernandez
NDP:Michael Shapcott


 Riding Map
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. Renters 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.

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

Political History
In 2004, Liberal Bill Graham defeated New Democrat Michael Shapcott to win the riding for a fourth term. Graham was minister of foreign affairs from 2002 to 2004, when Paul Martin made him minister of national defence.

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.

1935, 1940, 1945 - PC
1949, 1953 - LIB
1957, 1958 - PC
1962-74 inclusive - LIB
1978 byelection-1988 inclusive - PC
1993 - LIB

Toronto Centre-Rosedale:
1997, 2000 - LIB

Toronto Centre:
2004 - LIB


Liz White

Party: Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada

Political History
Party: Party leader and party's only candidate in the Jan. 23, 2006 election

Riding Address:
Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada
221 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ont.
M4M 2G3
(416) 462-9541

Lewis Reford

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Year of Birth: 1960
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ont.

Education: B.Sc in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Post-graduate work in geology at Cambridge University in England

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Susan
Children: Two - Jamie and Jack

Career Background: Works in investment banking for Salomon Smith Barney and J.P. Morgan. Once held a summer job with Exxon, which led to a job in frontier oil exploration in Perth, Australia, where he worked for two years. Worked in global finance, first in London with Citicorp Investment Bank and then in Paris with energy multinational Total SA

Community Activities: Director of Mooredale (Rosedale-Moore Park Community Association)

Campaign Office:
403A Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ont.
(416) 929-5529

Johan Boyden

Party: Communist Party of Canada

Age: 25
Education: BA (University of Northern B.C.)

Career Background: Has worked as farm labourer, grocery worker and in archaeology

Community Activities: Leading member of the Young Communist League. Helped organize a pan-Canadian delegation to the 16th World Festival of Youth and Students last August in Venezuela

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Davenport in 2004

Campaign Office:
(416) 469-2446

Chris Tindal

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Education: BA in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. French immersion secondary school graduate

Career Background: Full-time interactive media producer living and working in downtown Toronto. Serves as Vice President of Communications for the Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association, an organization that advocates a more sustainable and respectful relationship with the environment, particularly lakes and rivers. Background in public speaking and debating, and has had letters published by both The Globe and Mail and Harper's Magazine in Harper's Weekly

Community Activities: Works with children in camping and outdoor education residential camp

Campaign Office:
(416) 960-1981

Bill Graham

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: March 17, 1939
Age: 66
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.

Education: BA and LL.B. from University of Toronto. Doctorate in Legal Sciences from the Université de Paris
Profession: Lawyer

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

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. Part of the University Naval Training Division from 1958 to 1961

Political History
Party: Member of the Liberal party since 1970. Chair, Leadership debates in 1990
Federal: Defeated in Rosedale in 1984 and 1998, and elected in 1993. Elected in Toronto Centre-Rosedale in 1997 and 2000. Elected in Toronto Centre in 2004

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Minister of Foreign Affairs (Jan. 15, 2002). Minister of National Defence (July 20, 2004)
Committee: Vice-chair of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1994. Chair of Foreign Affairs and International Trade from 1995 to 2002. Vice chair of the Cabinet Committee on Global Affairs; Security, Public Health and Emergencies. Member of Cabinet Committees on: Domestic Affairs; Canada-US Relations Security, Public Health & Emergencies

Riding Address:
1805-365 Bloor St. East
Toronto, Ont.
(416) 954-2222

Ottawa Address:
Room 418-N Centre Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 992-5234

Campaign Office:306 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, Ont.
M5A 2S1
(416) 929-6402

Philip Fernandez

Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Electoral 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 and 2004)

Michel Prairie

Party: No Affilation

Birth Date: Feb. 19, 1951
Age: 54
Birthplace: St. Lambert, Que.

Profession: Meat packer

Career Background: Works in a meat packing plant

Community Activities: Leader of the Communist League. Editor of Nouvelle Internationale, the French-language translation of the Marxist magazine New International

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in 1992 byelection in Anjou. Defeated in Westmount-Saint Louis in 1994 and in Mercier in April 2001 byelection

Campaign Office:
2238 Dundas St. West, Suite 201
Toronto, Ont.
(4160 535-9140

Michael Shapcott

Party: New Democratic Party

Education: General studies at the University of Calgary. Studied law at the University of Toronto. Completed the Intensive Programme in Poverty Law at Parkdale Community Legal Services, specializing in landlord and tenant law

Children: A single father of Nicole and Malcolm

Career Background: Senior fellow at Wellesley Central Health Corporation, working on its public policy initiative. Spent ten years as a journalist, working as a reporter, columnist, and editor for several newspapers. Currently Co-ordinator of the Community/University Research Partnerships (CURP) program at University of Toronto's Centre for Urban and Community Studies. For many years, he was Manager of Government Relations and Communications for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (Ontario Region)

Community Activities: Co-ordinated the Rupert Pilot Project, an innovative community development project to provide housing and services for 525 rooming house tenants from 1990 to 1993. In 1991, he 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: Toronto Disaster Relief Committee; Toronto Coalition Against Homelessness; Bread Not Circuses Coalition

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Toronto Centre in 2004

Campaign Office:
541 Parliament Street
Toronto, Ont.
(416) 657-2531

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