Parkdale - High Park (068)
This southwest Toronto riding includes mansions along the Humber River and boarding houses for former psychiatric patients in the Parkdale neighbourhood.
The riding extends from the Canadian Pacific Railway line in the north to Lake Ontario in the south, the Humber River in the west to the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in the east.
It is home to a mix of longtime and new Canadians, with an immigrant population of more than 44 per cent. It also has the greatest share of Polish speakers in the province.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Parkdale-High Park combined almost all of High Park-Swansea with 60 per cent of Parkdale and 20 per cent of York South.
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New Democrat Ed Ziemba represented the old riding of High-Park Swansea from 1975 to 1981. Tory Yuri Shymko won in 1981 and 1985, only to lose to Liberal David Fleet in 1987. NDP candidate Elaine Ziemba defeated Fleet in 1990, but lost to Tory Derwyn Shea in 1995.
In the old riding of Parkdale, the NDP's Jan Dukzta won in 1971, 1975 and 1977. In 1981, Liberal Tony Ruprecht defeated Dukzta by just 921 votes. Ruprecht was re-elected in 1985, 1987, 1990 and 1995.
In the old riding of High Park, Tory Leader George Drew won the seat in 1943 and 1945, serving as premier from 1943 to 1948. The riding was won in 1948 by William (Bible Bill) Temple of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and Drew went on to become leader of the federal Conservatives. A.H. Cowling took the seat for the Tories in 1951, 1955, 1959 and 1963. He was defeated in 1967 by former coroner Morton Shulman, a New Democrat who was re-elected in 1971. The riding was redistributed and renamed High Park-Swansea for the 1975 election.
Liberal Gerard Kennedy, who was first elected to the legislature in a 1996 byelection in York South, won the new riding of Parkdale-High Park in 1999, easily defeating Tory Annamarie Castrilli with almost 55 per cent of the total vote.
Kennedy won again in 2003, routing Tory Stephen Snell by more than 16,000 votes. He was named education minister in October 2003. He resigned that post and later, his seat in the riding to run for the federal Liberal leadership that eventually went to Stéphane Dion.
New Democrat Cheri Di Novo won the September 2006 byelection resulting from Kennedy's resignation.
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