Don Valley East (016)
This suburban Toronto riding is one of the most ethnically diverse in the province, with an immigrant population of more than 53 per cent.
It's bordered in the north by Finch Avenue and in the south by the boundary of East York. The Don River, Leslie Street, and the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railway lines border it in the west, while Victoria Park Avenue marks the eastern boundary.
Renters outnumber homeowners, the largest ethnic group is Chinese and the primary employer is the manufacturing industry.
The riding was created in 1999 from nearly 75 per cent of the old riding of Oriole, 40 per cent of York Mills, almost 25 per cent of Don Mills and a small piece of Willowdale.
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In the old Oriole riding, Liberal Elinor Caplan defeated long-sitting Tory John Williams in 1985. Caplan was re-elected three times before resigning the seat to run federally. She was succeeded by Liberal David Caplan.
The York Mills riding was held by the Tories from 1963 to 1987, when Liberal Brad Nixon was elected. PC candidate David Turnbull defeated Nixon in 1990 and was re-elected in 1995.
The riding of Don Mills was PC territory from 1971 until 1987, when Dennis Timbrell was defeated by his Liberal opponent. The riding went to the NDP in the 1990 election, but was reclaimed by the Tories in 1995, with Dave Johnson taking the seat. Johnson was named Ontario's minister of education in October 1997.
The Liberals regained the seat in 1999 when Johnson was defeated by David Caplan. Caplan retained the seat in 2003, beating PC Paul Sutherland by 9,226 votes.
Caplan was named minister of public infrastructure renewal in 2003 and deputy government house leader in 2005.
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