Trinity - Spadina
This downtown Toronto riding contains some of the city's most famous landmarks, including the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, the bank towers, Ontario Place and the Royal Ontario Museum.
The riding stretches from Lake Ontario to the CP Rail line north of Dupont Street. The eastern boundaries are Avenue Road and Queen's Park Crescent, east along College Street to Yonge Street and down Yonge to Lake Ontario. Western boundaries zigzag: Ossington Avenue down to Dundas Street West, across Dundas to Dovercourt Road, then down to the CN Rail line, across to Dufferin Street, down Dufferin, then west around the Canadian National Exhibition grounds to the lake.
Chinatown, Little Italy, Portugal Village, Kensington market, the Annex, the University of Toronto and the Toronto Islands are also in the riding.
This riding was created in the 1986 redistribution from 88 per cent of Spadina and 40 per cent of Trinity ridings. In 1996, a piece of Davenport was added. In 2004, the southwest border was moved west to Dufferin Street and in the southeast, the boundary moved to Yonge Street from University Avenue.
Population: 115,361 (2006 census; an increase of 8.7% since 2001)
In 2008, New Democrat Olivia Chow won her second term in this riding when she defeated Liberal Christine Innes by 3,475 votes. She beat Liberal incumbent Tony Ianno by 3,681 votes to become MP in 2006.
In 2004, Ianno defeated Chow by 805 votes to win a fourth term in office. Chow, city councillor and wife of NDP Leader Jack Layton, also ran against Ianno and lost in 1997.
Liberal Paul Hellyer won a December 1958 byelection in Trinity riding and was MP until he resigned in 1971 and changed party affiliation. Hellyer was defeated by Pierre Trudeau for the Liberal leadership in 1968. In 1972, he was narrowly re-elected as Trinity's MP, this time as a PC. He ran for the leadership of the Conservatives in 1976 and lost. Liberal Aideen Nicholson was elected in Trinity in 1974, 1979, 1980 and 1984.
In Spadina, Liberal Peter Stollery was elected four times from 1972 through 1980. He was appointed to the Senate in 1981, when Trudeau wanted to open the seat to let his principal secretary, Jim Coutts, run. Coutts lost the 1981 byelection to New Democrat Dan Heap, an Anglican minister and city alderman. Heap won the 1984 election in Spadina and the 1988 election in the newly created Trinity-Spadina.
- 1935-53 inclusive - LIB
- 1955 byelection, 1957, 1958 - PC
- 1962-80 - LIB
- 1981 byelection, 1984 - NDP
- 1935, 1940 - LIB
- 1945 - PC
- 1949, 1953, 1954 byelection, 1957 - LIB
- 1958 - PC
- 1958 byelection, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968 - LIB
- 1972 - PC
- 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984 - LIB
- 1988 - NDP
- 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB
- 2006, 2008 - NDP
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Party: Conservative Party of Canada
222 Spadina Ave., Suite 108
Party: Green Party of Canada
Undergraduate at the University of Toronto.
Princeton – PhD in philosophy
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
206 Beverley St.
Toronto, Ont. M5T 1Z3
Married to Tony Ianno
Four - Rebecca, Stephanie, Jason and Michael
Graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990
FEDERAL: Defeated in Trinity-Spadina in 2008
Party: Libertarian Party of Canada
Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
354 Spadina Ave.
Married to Jack Layton
Two stepchildren - Sarah and Michael
University of Guelph - Honours BA in fine arts, 1979
MUNICIPAL: 1985-91 - Public school trustee, Toronto board of education. 1991-2005 - City councillor.
FEDERAL: Defeated in Trinity-Spadina in 1997, 2004; elected in 2006, 2008.