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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
George Smitherman Liberal Party 23435 51.56% X
John Adams Prog Conservative 10148 22.33%
Gene Lara New Democratic Party 8966 19.73%
Gabriel Draven Green Party of Ont. 2016 4.44%
Philip Fernandez Independent 594 1.31%
Silvio Ursomarzo Freedom Party of Ont 291 0.64%
 Last Update Fri Oct 3 12:45:49 EDT 2003 225 of 225 polls reporting


2003 Candidates:
George Smitherman (Liberal) - incumbent
John Adams (PC)
Gene Lara (NDP)
Gabriel Draven (GP)
Silvio Ursomarzo (FP)
Philip Fernandez (IND)

1999 Election Results
Candidate Ballot Count Popular Vote
George Smitherman (Liberal) 17,756 38.90%
Durhane Wong-Rieger (PC) 13,640 29.88%
John Sewell (Independent) 8,822 19.33%
Helen Breslauer (NDP) 4,019 8.80%

Joseph Cohen (Green Party)

392 0.86%
Paul McKeever (Freedom Party) 344 0.75%
Mike Ryner (Independent) 236 0.52%
Bill Whatcott (Family Coalition Party) 232 0.51%
Ron Parker (Natural Law Party) 205 0.45%

Riding Profile:
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This downtown Toronto riding is one of extremes, with a wealthy enclave situated in its centre and densely populated apartments, public housing projects and gentrified older neighbourhoods to the north and south. According to the 1996 census, it also boasts Ontario's highest average family income.

The riding extends from Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the north to the Toronto Harbour in the south. In the west, it begins at University Avenue/Avenue Road, and stretches east to the Don River.

The riding includes Canada's first public housing project, Regent Park, and is home to one of the largest gay and lesbian communities in Canada.

With 31 per cent of its population having university degrees, it ranks as the second highest in the province for education.

In the 1999 redistribution, the new Toronto Centre-Rosedale combined 33 per cent of the old Fort York riding with 16 per cent of St. Andrew-St. Patrick and most of St. George-St. David.

Political History:

With nine candidates running in the last election, the competitive nature of this riding is borne out in the region's history, where close elections have been the norm.

Tory Margaret Scrivener won the riding of St. David in 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1981. In 1985, Liberal Ian Scott defeated Tory Julian Porter.

In the old riding of St. George-St. David, Liberal Ian Scott (the incumbent from St. George) defeated Tory Susan Fish (the incumbent from St. David) in 1987. Scott was re-elected in 1990 by just 72 votes. He resigned in 1993, forcing a byelection that was won by Liberal Tim Murphy. In 1995 Murphy lost the seat to Tory Al Leach by just 337 votes.

In the old riding of Fort York, Liberal Bob Wong defeated NDP candidate Joe Pantalone in 1987 by 137 votes. The NDP's Rosario Marchese defeated Wong in 1990 and 1995.






 Overall Election Results
Party E L T Pop. Vote %
LIB 72 0 72 46.45%
PC 24 0 24 34.64%
NDP 7 0 7 14.70%
OTH 0 0 0 4.21%
 Last Update Fri Oct 3 12:45:18 EDT 2003

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