This east Toronto riding is predominantly residential, with a large
The riding runs from the Toronto Outer Harbour in the south to the east
branch of the Don River in the north; and from Coxwell Boulevard and Coxwell
Avenue in the east to the Keating Channel, Don Valley Parkway and Don
River in the west.
The riding includes the East York, Riverdale, Leslieville and Danforth neighbourhoods
and the Leslie Street spit. There are only slightly more owned dwellings
than rentals, 52 per cent to 48 per cent. The area has some commercial
and light industry and major redevelopment is planned along the waterfront.
Average family income is $67,551 and unemployment is 6.7 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, the immigrant population is more than 41
per cent. Almost 17 per cent listed Chinese as their ethnic origin and seven
per cent are Greek. Over 41 per cent gave a language other than English
or French as their mother tongue.
Broadview-Greenwood riding was created in 1976 from 73 per cent of Broadview
and 27 per cent of York East ridings. In 1996, a part of Beaches-Woodbine
riding was added. In 2000, the riding name was changed to Toronto-Danforth.
In 2004, the southeastern boundary of the riding was moved from Leslie
Street to Coxwell Avenue.
In 2004, NDP Leader Jack Layton defeated incumbent Liberal Dennis Mills
by 2,395 votes. Layton became the NDP leader in January 2003. Mills served
four terms in Broadview-Greenwood and Toronto-Danforth. Green Party Leader
Jim Harris also ran in this riding in 2004.
Conservative George Hees was MP for the former Broadview riding from
a 1950 byelection until 1962, when he moved to Northumberland riding.
Bob Rae, running for the NDP, was elected here in an October 1978 byelection
and again in 1979 and 1980. Rae resigned in 1982, after winning the Ontario
NDP leadership, and went on to become premier of Ontario.
New Democrat Lynn McDonald defeated Independent Peter Worthington in an
October 1982 byelection and again in the 1984 election. Worthington, a
Toronto Sun columnist, represented the Conservatives in 1984.
1935-62 inclusive - PC
1963 - LIB
1965-74 inclusive - NDP
1978 byelection, 1979, 1980 - NDP
1982 byelection, 1984 - NDP
1988, 1993, 1997 - LIB
2000 - LIB
2004 - NDP
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Oct. 23, 1961
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont.
Education: Bachelor of business administration
Profession: Self-employed businessperson
Marital Status: Single
Career Background: Founder and executive producer of a venture in the convergence of TV, feature film, digital media and
technologies. Worked as an executive in an import/distribution company, specializing in hospital supplies. Founded a business
specializing in environmental stonewashing of fashion jeans wear. Has acted occasionally in TV commercials and independent films
Community Activities: Was CEO/president of the Interactive Multimedia Arts and Technologies Association. Served as Canada's
national industry representative on foreign missions to Asia and Europe for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
and for the Department of Canadian Heritage
Party: Green Party of Canada
Education: BA in English and an LL.B from Queen's University
Children: Two daughters
Career Background: Practiced law in Toronto for 20 years as an Assistant Crown Attorney and as an immigration lawyer. Working in
the area of youth criminal justice, as well as working with refugees
Community Activities: Former president and member of the Innstead Housing Cooperative Inc.
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: LL.D.(Toronto}; M.Phil. (Oxford)
Profession: Policy Analyst
Career Background: Policy analyst with an international consulting practice focusing on innovation, trade and finance,
federal governance, and public sector regulatory reform. Served in Prime Minister's Office, the Business Council of National Issues,
the Ontario Secretariat for Disabled Persons, and the 1986 Ontario Insurance task force. Taught at the University of Toronto Law School
and was involved in the constitutional debates that unfolded involving the Meech Lake Accord and the referendum on the Charlottetown
Accord. Worked at Ontario Human Rights Commission, Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation, office of the premier of Newfoundland
and Labrador, Informetrica Ltd. and the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board
Community Activities: Author of numerous articles and four books on topics affecting
Canada and Canadians. Has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Friends of
Canadian Broadcasting, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board
of Policy Options, and co-founder of the Canada for All Canadians
Committee, along with the Canadian Coalition on the Constitution
129 & 131 Danforth Ave, Toronto.
Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1980
Community Activities: Active with Anti-Racist Action in Toronto, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty,
Toronto Forum on Cuba and the Canadian Friends of Soviet People. Helped coordinate a campaign by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Federal: Defeated in Toronto-Danforth in 2004
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth Date: July 18, 1950
Education: BA (McGill); MA, Ph.D. (York)
Profession: University Professor
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Oliva Chow
Children: Sarah and Mike
Career Background: Leader of the New Democratic Party. Has been a professor at four Toronto-area universities. In 1991,
he founded the Green Catalyst Group Inc., a sustainable policy and program design firm.
He is the author of "Homelessness: The
Making and Unmaking of a Crisis" and "Speaking Out: Ideas that work for Canadians".
Community Activities: Founder of the the White Ribbon Campaign, a
voice for men against violence against women. Served on federal board of the Climate Change Protection
Municipal 1982-91 - City Councillor, Ward 6, Toronto; Deputy Mayor, 1989-90.
In 1994 - Elected as the Don River Metro Councillor
Federal: Incumbent in this riding, first elected in Toronto-Danforth in 2004. Defeated in Rosedale in 1993. Defeated in
Toronto-Danforth in 1997
Party: Elected federal NDP leader on the first ballot, January 2003
Caucus: Critic for: Climate Change; Energy; and the Prime Minister