This densely populated, multiethnic riding is located in Toronto. According
to the 1996 census, 42 per cent of the population are immigrants, and
a significant number are Italian or Jewish.
The riding is bordered in the north by Highway 401, Eglinton Avenue
in the south, and Yonge Street in the east.
Eglinton-Lawrence has a diverse economic base, with the western portion
containing more than 600 small manufacturing establishments interspersed
with residential areas.
After the redistribution of 1999, the new riding combined 52 per cent
of the old Lawrence riding, 35 per cent of Eglinton, 3 per cent of Oakwood,
six per cent of St. Andrew-St. Patrick, 12 per cent of Wilson Heights
and nine per cent of York Mills.
The Liberal Party reigned in the old Lawrence riding for four straight
elections following its creation in 1987.
In the former Eglinton riding, the PC winning streak started in 1962
and ran through to 1987. Starting in 1975, the riding was held for a
decade by Roy McMurtry; he resigned the seat after losing a bid for
the PC leadership.