Toronto - Danforth (095)
A predominantly blue-collar Toronto riding, almost 42 per cent of its residents are immigrants, according to the 2001 census. The most prominent are the Chinese community followed by the Greek community; the riding has the highest percentage of Greek speakers in the province.
The riding runs from the Toronto Harbour in the south to Don River/Millwood Road in the north, and from the Don Valley Parkway in the west to an eastern boundaries running along Coxwell Avenue, Greenwood Avenue and Leslie Street.
Industry is distributed between commercial and light industry, with many small businesses along the strip of Danforth Avenue known as Greektown.
The riding was created in the 1999 redistribution, taking in all of the former Riverdale riding, plus 40 per cent of the former York East riding and a few polls from Beaches-Woodbine.
Until June 2000, Toronto-Danforth was known as Broadview-Greenwood. The name was changed to reflect similar name changes in the local federal riding.
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In the old York East, the Progressive Conservatives held sway for decades before falling to the Liberals in 1985. The NDP won the riding in the Bob Rae sweep of 1990, but York East returned to its Tory roots in 1995.
The old Riverdale riding was a Conservative stronghold until the election of a New Democrat in 1963; the NDP won every election thereafter, ending with Marilyn Churley in the 1990 and 1995 polls.
After the 1999 redistribution, Churley won again in the new Broadview-Greenwood riding, soon to become Toronto-Danforth. She retained her seat in 2003, beating Liberal Jim Davidson by 6,006 votes.
Churley caused a stir in 2003 when, after the NDP lost official party status, she threatened to change her surname to Churley-NDP so the legislative Speaker would be forced to say the party name when calling on her (an eventual compromise rendered the point moot).
Churley resigned her seat in 2005 to make a run at the federal riding of Beaches-East York. She lost the race, but said she planned to run there again in the next federal election.
Churley's departure prompted a byelection in March 2006. Former city councillor Peter Tabuns won the seat, beating star Liberal candidate Ben Chin.
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