St. Paul's (077)
This affluent downtown Toronto riding boasts the second-highest average family income in Ontario and the highest rate of university graduates, at 34 per cent. This almost completely residential riding includes both the mansions of Forest Hill and the multicultural, working-class neighbourhood that straddle St. Clair Avenue west of Bathurst Avenue.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of St. Paul's combined 21 per cent of Dovercourt, 43 per cent of Eglinton, 34 per cent of Oakwood, 48 per cent of St. Andrew-St. Patrick and 12 per cent of St. George-St. David.
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Tory Allan Grossman won in the riding of St. Andrew in 1955, 1959 and 1963, and then won the St. Andrew-St. Patrick riding in 1967 and 1971. His son, Larry Grossman, won the riding for the Tories in 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1985. Larry Grossman became Conservative leader in the second of two leadership races held by the party in 1985. He resigned after losing his seat to Liberal Ron Kanter in the 1987 election.
In 1990, New Democrat Zanana Akande won the seat. She was appointed to the Bob Rae cabinet, but left it in 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.
The riding of Eglinton was held by Tories Leonard Mackenzie Reilly (1963-75), Roy McMurtry (1975-85) and David McFadden (1985-87). Liberal Dianne Poole broke the Tory stranglehold in 1987, beating McFadden by only 695 votes. Poole won again in 1990 by an even smaller margin, 173 votes, but was defeated by Tory Bill Saunderson in 1995. The new riding got a new MPP in 1999 as Liberal Michael Bryant won the seat. He was re-elected in 2003 and was promptly named Attorney General of Ontario in October 2003. He has also served as Ontario's first minister responsible for democratic renewal and native affairs minister.
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