This downtown Toronto riding is one of the most ethnically diverse
in the province, with an immigrant population of more than 53 per cent.
It's bordered in the north by Finch Avenue and by the boundary of East
York in the south. The Don River, Leslie Street, and the CN and CP rail
lines border it in the west, and Victoria Park Avenue marks the eastern
Renters outnumber homeowners, the largest ethnic group is Chinese and
the primary employer is the manufacturing industry.
The riding was created in 1999 from nearly 75 per cent of the old
riding of Oriole, 40 per cent of York Mills, almost 25 per cent of Don
Mills and a small piece of Willowdale.
In the old Oriole riding,
Liberal Elinor Caplan defeated long-sitting Tory John Williams in 1985.
Caplan was re-elected three times before resigning the seat to run federally.
She was succeeded by Liberal candidate David Caplan.
The York Mills riding was held by the Tories from 1963 to 1987, when
Liberal Brad Nixon was elected. PC candidate David Turnbull defeated
Nixon in 1990 and was re-elected in 1995.
The riding of Don Mills was PC territory from 1971 until 1987, when
Dennis Timbrell was defeated by his Liberal opponent. The riding went
to the NDP in the 1990 election, but was reclaimed by the Tories in