Located in Toronto the riding is bordered to the south by the northern
shore of Lake Ontario, to the north by East York, the old border of
Scarborough to the east, and the Don Valley parkway to the west.
Displaying an almost equal number of homeowners to renters, the bulk
of workers in the riding are in manufacturing, retail, health work and
According to 1996 census data, the immigrant population is nearly 35%;
with Chinese, Italian and East Indian among the major ethnic groups.
A new riding formed in the last election, Beaches-East York combines
95% of the old Beaches-Woodbine riding with 40% of Don Mills and 20%
of York East.
In the old riding of Beaches-Woodbine, the NDP has held sway since
1975 until the present. Frances Lankin, who was first elected in 1990,
was appointed to the Provincial Cabinet as Minister of Health and Minister
of Economic Development and Trade. in 2001 Lankin resigned, after which
Michael Prue won the riding in a by-election.
In the old riding of Don Mills the PC party ruled from 1971 through
In 1987, Liberal Murad Velshi won the riding, after which it was lost
in 1990 to NDP Margery Ward. Follwing death of Ward, the seat returned
to Tory control in a 1993 by-election.