This riding stretches from Eglinton Avenue and the CN Rail line in
the north to Lake Ontario in the south. Its western boundary is Victoria
Park Avenue, and it extends to the intersection of Highway 2 and the
CN Rail line in the east.
There is a significant Chinese, Italian and East Indian presence, and
about 23 per cent list Judaism as an ethnic origin.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new Scarborough Southwest riding combined
57 per cent of Scarborough Centre with 57 per cent of Scarborough West
and six per cent of Scarborough East.
Other than a single NDP win in 1967, the old riding of Scarborough Centre
was held by Tories from 1963 to 1987, when it fell to Liberal Cindy
Nicholas. The seat went to NDP candidate Steve Owens in 1990, but returned
to the Tories in 1995 when Dan Newman won the riding.
In the old riding of Scarborough West, former NDP leader Stephen Lewis
(1970-78) won elections in 1963, 1967, 1971, 1975 and 1977. NDP candidate
Richard Johnston won the seat in a 1979 by-election, and followed up
with victories in 1985 and 1987. The NDP's Anne Swarbrick secured the
riding in 1990. Tory James Brown won in 1995.