This riding is located in the northeast area of Toronto and boasts Ontario's
second most ethnically-diverse population, with 76.6 per cent identified
as visible minorities. More than 28 per cent have Chinese as their ethnic
origin, but there are also significant numbers of Tamils, Sri Lankans,
Italians and Greeks.
Its boundaries are Steeles Avenue (the Toronto city limits) in the
north and Ellesmere Road in the south, Victoria Park Avenue in the west
and the CN rail line in the east.
Small business and light industry account for most of the economic
activity in the riding.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding added about 15 per cent
of Scarborough-Ellesmere to the existing Scarborough-Agincourt.
In the old Scarborough North riding, Conservative Tom Wells was elected
for six terms beginning in 1963. He didn't run in 1985, when the seat
went to Liberal Alvin Curling.
Liberal Gerry Phillips has won every election in Scarborough-Agincourt
since its creation in 1987.