Markham - Unionville (046)
More than 86 per cent of residents in this affluent riding in the town of Markham north of Toronto are homeowners, giving it the highest percentage in the province.
The riding is also ethnically diverse, with an immigrant population of more than 50 per cent. It holds the province's third largest Chinese population along with significant East Indian and Italian communities.
Its borders run from 16th Avenue in the north to Steeles Avenue in the south, Highway 404 in the west and Markham city limits in the east.
Markham is home to over 8,000 businesses, many of which are in the high-technology sector. As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Markham was formed out of two-thirds of the old Markham riding.
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In the old Markham riding. Tory Don Cousens won in 1987 and 1990 before leaving provincial politics to become the town's mayor. David Tsubouchi won the riding for the Progressive Conservatives in 1995 and again in 1999, serving in the cabinets of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves.
A former actor, Tsubouchi once appeared on an episode of SCTV and had a small role in the 1983 David Cronenberg film Videodrome. He was named community and social services minister in 1995 and served as Ontario's solicitor-general from 1999 to 2001.
Tsubouchi ran again in 2003, but was upset by Liberal Tony Wong, who won by a margin of 6,274 votes. Wong shocked the party with his September 2006 resignation to run for York regional council. Liberal Michael Chan emerged as the winner of the subsequent February 2007 byelection. He was named revenue minister soon after his victory.
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