A predominantly blue-collar metropolitan riding, 42 per cent of its
residents are immigrants, according to the 1996 census. Among this the
most prominent are the Chinese community followed by the Greek community,
which accounts for the fact that the riding has the highest percentage
of Greek speakers in the province.
The riding runs from the Toronto harbour in the south to Don River/Millwood
Road in the north, and from the Don Valley Parkway in the west to an
eastern boundaries running along Coxwell Avenue, Greenwood Avenue and
Industry is distributed between commercial and light industry, with
many small businesses along the strip of Danforth Avenue known as Greektown.
Toronto-Danforth takes in all of the former Riverdale riding, plus
40 per cent of the former York East and a few polls from Beaches-Woodbine.
In the old York East, the PC party held sway for decades before falling
to the Liberals in 1985. The NDP won the riding in the Bob Rae sweep
of 1990, but York East returned to its Tory roots in 1995.
The old Riverdale riding was a Conservative stronghold until the election
of a New Democrat in 1963; the NDP has represented the riding ever since.
Until June 2000, Toronto-Danforth was known as Broadview-Greenwood.
The name was changed to reflect similar name changes in a local federal