This downtown Toronto riding contains some of city's most famous landmarks,
such as the CN Tower, the SkyDome, the CNE grounds, the Art Gallery
of Ontario, Chinatown, Little Italy and Kensington Market.
The riding extends from the CP Rail line just beyond Dupont Street
in the north to the Toronto Harbour in the south. In the west, it begins
at Dovercourt Road and Atlantic Avenue, and is bounded on the east by
Avenue Road/University Avenue and York Street.
Almost half of its residents are immigrants, with the largest communities
being Chinese and Portuguese. This area also boast the province's fifth
highest percentage of people with post-secondary degrees.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Trinity-Spadina combined
one third of St. Andrew-St. Patrick and one third of Fort York with
25 per cent of Dovercourt and five per cent of Parkdale.
In the old riding of Fort York, Liberal Bob Wong defeated the NDP's
Joe Pantalone in 1987 by just 137 votes. NDP candidate Rosario Marchese
defeated Wong in 1990 and 1995.
Tory Allan Grossman won in the riding of St. Andrew in 1955, 1959
and 1963, then won the St. Andrew-St. Patrick riding in 1967 and 1971.
His son, Larry Grossman, won the riding for the PCs in 1975, 1977, 1981
and 1985. Larry Grossman became Conservative leader in the second of
two leadership races the party held in 1985. He resigned in 1987 after
losing his seat to Liberal Ron Kanter in the 1987 election.
In 1990, NDP candidate Zanana Akande won St. Andrew; she was appointed
to the Bob Rae cabinet, but quit the following year amid accusations
of rent-gouging. She resigned from the legislature in 1994.
In 1995, Tory Isabel Bassett won the riding and was later appointed
to the cabinet of Mike Harris. After losing in the 1999 election, Bassett
was appointed head of TVOntario.