York West (107)
This Toronto riding has an immigrant population of 59 per cent, which is the third highest in Ontario. It boasts large Italian, Spanish, South Asian and Southeast Asian communities, with the largest percentages of Spanish speakers and Vietnamese speakers in the province.
The borders for this riding run from Steeles Avenue in the north to Highway 401 in the south. In the west, it begins at the Humber River, and stretches to Dufferin and Jane streets in the east.
The riding includes bungalows and two-story dwellings alongside highrises, many of them public housing.
The riding has the lowest average family income and second-highest level of those with less than a Grade 9 education.
In the 1999 redistribution, York West was created from the whole of Yorkview and 31 per cent of the old Downsview riding.
The 2007 redistribution added seven per cent of York Centre.
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In the old riding of Yorkview, New Democrat Fred Young was elected for five straight elections, holding the seat from 1963 to 1981. Then it went to Liberals Michael Spensieri (1981-85) and Claudio Polsinelli (1985-90) before George Mammoliti reclaimed it for the NDP by defeating Polsinelli in 1990. Mammoliti lost to Liberal Mario Sergio in 1995.
The former riding of Downsview elected New Democrat Odoardo Di Santo for three terms starting in 1975. He was beaten by Liberal Joe Cordiano, who then ran in the old Lawrence riding in 1987, leaving Liberal Laureano Leone to win Downsview in that election. In 1990, New Democrat Anthony Perruzza won Downsview, only to be beaten by Liberal Annamarie Castrilli in 1995.
After the 1999 redistribution, the new York West riding was captured by Liberal Mario Sergio, who represented Yorkview from 1995 to 1999. Sergio beat Progressive Conservative Chris Collier by more than 11,000 votes. He won by a similar margin in 2003, defeating New Democrat Garth Bobb.
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