Scarborough Southwest (084)
This riding stretches from Eglinton Avenue and the CN Rail line in the north to Lake Ontario in the south. Its western boundary is Victoria Park Avenue, and it extends to the intersection of Highway 2 and the CN Rail line in the east.
There is a significant Chinese, Italian and East Indian presence, and about 23 per cent list Judaism as ethnic origin.
In the 1999 redistribution, the new Scarborough Southwest riding combined 57 per cent of Scarborough Centre with 57 per cent of Scarborough West and six per cent of Scarborough East.
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Stephen Lewis, who led the NDP from 1970 to 1978, won elections in the old riding of Scarborough West in 1963, 1967, 1971, 1975 and 1977. When Lewis left politics, New Democrat Richard Johnston won the seat in a 1979 byelection, and followed up with victories in 1985 and 1987. The NDP's Anne Swarbrick secured the riding in 1990. Tory James Brown won in 1995.
Other than a single NDP win in 1967, the Tories held the old riding of Scarborough Centre from 1963 to 1987, when it fell to Liberal Cindy Nicholas. The seat went to New Democrat Steve Owens in 1990, but returned to the Tories in 1995 when Dan Newman won the riding.
Newman won the new Scarborough Southwest riding in 1999, defeating Liberal Adrian Heaps. Newman was appointed environment minister in 2000 and was promptly faced with the E. coli outbreak in Walkerton, which triggered a firestorm of controversy over the government's clean water standards and practices. In 2001, Newman became northern development and mines minister.
Liberal Lorenzo Berardinetti won the riding in 2003, beating Newman by 5,630 votes.
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