Toronto—Danforth

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Toronto—Danforth
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
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Toronto—Danforth in relation to the other Toronto ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Craig Scott
New Democratic
District created 1976
First contested 1979
Last contested 2012 (by-election)
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 104,017
Electors (2011) 74,826
Area (km²)[2] 19.75
Pop. density (per km²) 5,266.7
Census divisions Toronto
Census subdivisions Toronto
Map of Toronto-Danforth

Toronto—Danforth (formerly Broadview—Greenwood) is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1979. It lies to the east of Downtown Toronto.

New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton was the Member of Parliament of the riding until his death on August 22, 2011. It left the seat vacant pending a by-election on March 19, 2012, which was won by the NDP candidate Craig Scott, a human rights lawyer and professor at Osgoode Law School. The southern part of the riding (Ward 30) is represented on Toronto City Council by councillor Paula Fletcher. The northern part of the riding (Ward 29) is represented by Mary Fragedakis.

Toronto—Danforth includes a vibrant array of ethnicities, including large Greek, Chinese, Muslim and South Asian communities.

It has long been one of the more left-leaning ridings in Toronto. Most election contests take place between the New Democratic Party and the Liberal Party. The NDP held the riding for the first nine years of its existence before Liberal Dennis Mills won the seat in 1988 and held it during the long period of Liberal dominance of the federal scene. He was unseated in 2004 by Layton, who had previously run against Mills in 1997.

The northern portion of the riding, East York, tends to lean right-of-centre, while the southern half, including Riverdale, Leslieville and Queen–Broadview Village, usually swings to the left.

Layton sought neighbourhood input for another name change to the riding. Layton's supposed choice was "East York—Danforth—Riverdale", but the name was not changed.

History[edit]

The riding was created in 1976 as "Broadview—Greenwood" from parts of Broadview and York East.

It consisted initially of the part of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto bounded on the south by Queen Street East, on the west by the Don River, and on the east and north by a line drawn north from Queen Street along Jones Avenue, east along Gerrard Street East, north along Greenwood Avenue, west along O'Connor Drive, north along Don Mills Road to the Don River.

In 1987, it was redefined to consist of the part of the City of Toronto and the Borough of East York bounded on the west by the Don River, on the south by Queen Street, and on the east and north by a line drawn from the lake north along Leslie Street, east along Queen Street East, north along Greenwood Avenue, east along Danforth Avenue, north along Coxwell Avenue and Coxwell Boulevard, and west along Taylor Creek and the Don River East Branch to the Don River.

In 1996, it was defined to consist of the parts of the City of Toronto and the Borough of East York north along Leslie Street, east along Queen Street East, north along Greenwood Avenue, east along Gerrard Street East, north along Coxwell Avenue and Coxwell Boulevard, west along Taylor Creek, the Don River East Branch and the Don River, northwest along Millwood Road, southwest along the Canadian Pacific Railway and the eastern limit of the City of Toronto, south along the Don River to Toronto Harbour.

The name of the electoral district was changed in 2000 to "Toronto—Danforth" on the suggestion of Dennis Mills, the riding's Member of Parliament. Many local citizens were upset at the name change, particularly due to the lack of public say in the matter.

In 2003, it was given its current boundaries, which consist of the part of the City of Toronto bounded on the south by Lake Ontario and Toronto Harbour, on the east by Coxwell Avenue and Coxwell Boulevard, on the north by Taylor Creek and the Don River East Branch, and on the west by the Don River.

Former boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Broadview—Greenwood
Riding created from Broadview and York East
31st  1979 − 1980     Bob Rae New Democratic
32nd  1980 − 1982
 1982 − 1984     Lynn McDonald New Democratic
33rd  1984 − 1988
34th  1988 − 1993     Dennis Mills Liberal
35th  1993 − 1997
36th  1997 − 2000
Riding renamed — Toronto—Danforth
37th  2000 − 2004     Dennis Mills Liberal
38th  2004 − 2006     Jack Layton New Democratic
39th  2006 − 2008
40th  2008 − 2011
41st  2011 − 2011
 2012 − Present     Craig Scott New Democratic

Election results[edit]

Toronto—Danforth, 2000–present[edit]

Canadian federal by-election, March 19, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Craig Scott 19,210 59.44 -1.36 $82,847
Liberal Grant Gordon 9,215 28.51 +10.89 $86,017
Conservative Andrew Keyes 1,736 5.37 -8.95 $73,736
Green Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu 1,517 4.69 -1.77 $57,955
Progressive Canadian Dorian Baxter 208 0.64 $1,474
Libertarian John C. Recker 133 0.41 $2,433
Independent Leslie Bory 77 0.24 $899
Canadian Action Christopher Porter 75 0.23 $3,164
Independent John Turmel 57 0.18 $0
United Brian Jedan 55 0.17 $130
Independent Bahman Yazdanfar 36 0.11 $623
Total valid votes 32,319 100.00
Total rejected ballots 150 0.46 -0.13
Turnout 32,469 43.58 -21.32
New Democratic hold Swing -6.1
By-election due to the death of Jack Layton.
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jack Layton 29,235 60.80 +16.02 $71,037.96
Liberal Andrew Lang 8,472 17.62 -11.76  
Conservative Katarina Von Koenig 6,885 14.32 +2.67 $4,113.58
Green Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu 3,107 6.46 -6.75  
Animal Alliance Marie Crawford 387 0.80 +0.41  
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,086 100.00 $84,621.69
Total rejected ballots 284 0.59 +0.17
Turnout 48,370 64.90 +3.99
     New Democratic Party hold Swing +13.9
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jack Layton 20,323 44.78 -3.64 $79,281
Liberal Andrew Lang 13,336 29.38 -4.85 $65,423
Green Sharon Howarth 5,995 13.21 +6.10 $37,794
Conservative Christina Perreault 5,287 11.65 +1.75 $16,515
Animal Alliance Marie Crawford 175 0.39 $1,230
Independent John Richardson 130 0.29 $39
Marxist–Leninist Marcell Rodden 87 0.19 -0.15  
Canadian Action Bahman Yazdanfar 54 0.12 $125
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,387 100.00 $82,497
Total rejected ballots 191 0.42 -0.06
Turnout 45,578 60.91 -6.76
     New Democratic Party hold Swing +0.6
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jack Layton 24,412 48.42 +2.08 $74,966
Liberal Deborah Coyne 17,256 34.23 -7.11 $74,304
Conservative Kren Clausen 4,992 9.90 +3.69 $32,139
Green Al Hart 3,583 7.11 +1.73 $6,771
Marxist–Leninist Marcell Rodden 172 0.34 +0.16 $0
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,415 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 242 0.48 -0.08
Turnout 50,657 67.67 +3.57
     New Democratic Party hold Swing +4.6
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Jack Layton 22,198 46.34 +18.69
Liberal Dennis Mills 19,803 41.34 -10.56
Conservative Loftus Cuddy 2,975 6.21 -9.51
Green Jim Harris 2,575 5.38 +3.42
Marijuana Scott Yee 265 0.55 -0.76
Marxist–Leninist Marcell Rodden 84 0.18 -0.03
Total valid votes 47,900 100.00
Total rejected ballots 269 0.56
Turnout 48,169 64.10  
     New Democratic Party gain from Liberal Swing -14.6

Note: Change from 2000 for top three parties is based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is based on the total of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party votes.

Broadview—Greenwood, 1976–2000[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Dennis Mills 20,330 51.90 +2.14
New Democratic Paula Turtle 10,830 27.65 -5.12
Progressive Conservative Rose A. Dyson 3,138 8.01 +0.38
Alliance Chris Butryn 3,021 7.71 +0.06
Green Robert Nevin 769 1.96 +0.96
Marijuana Sean Keir 513 1.31
Canadian Action William Angus Millar 202 0.52
Natural Law Linda Martin 154 0.39 -0.09
Communist Miguel Figueroa 129 0.33
Marxist–Leninist Melanie Cishecki 82 0.21 +0.01
Total valid votes 39,168 100.00

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Dennis Mills 21,108 49.76 -11.31
New Democratic Jack Layton 13,903 32.77 +18.82
Reform Brian Higgins 3,247 7.65 -3.64
Progressive Conservative Dianne Garrels 3,238 7.63 -1.71
Green Karen McCarthy 426 1.00
Independent Kevin Mark Clarke 211 0.50
Natural Law Bob Hyman 205 0.48 -0.53
Marxist–Leninist Gurdev Singh 85 0.20 -0.04
Total valid votes 42,423 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Dennis Mills 23,558 61.07 +22.18
New Democratic Lynn McDonald 5,381 13.95 -22.01
Reform Frank Meyers 4,356 11.29
Progressive Conservative John Papadakis 3,601 9.34 -13.08
National Barbara A. Sim 976 2.53
Natural Law Bob Hyman 389 1.01
Independent Elizabeth Rowley 148 0.38
Marxist–Leninist Manuel Gitterman 92 0.24
Abolitionist Brian Blonski 74 0.19
Total valid votes 38,575 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Dennis Mills 15,808 38.89 +20.55
New Democratic Lynn McDonald 14,616 35.96 -9.63
Progressive Conservative Wayne Allan Shillinglaw 9,112 22.42 -12.25
Libertarian Byron J. Garby 431 1.06
Green Elizabeth Rhodes 296 0.73 +0.01
Rhinoceros Hank Wright Snell 243 0.60 -0.08
Commonwealth of Canada David S. Moyer 137 0.34
Total valid votes 40,643 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Lynn McDonald 15,066 45.59 +6.48
Progressive Conservative Peter Worthington 11,455 34.67 -15.26
Liberal Ken Paige 6,060 18.34 +8.61
Green Rolf Tegtmeyer 239 0.72
Rhinoceros Nora Rodden 224 0.68 +0.36
Total valid votes 33,044 100.00

Note: the popular vote of Progressive Conservative candidate Peter Worthington is compared to the total popular vote in the 1982 by-election earned by the PC candidate Bill Fatsis and by Mr. Worthington running without affiliation.

Canadian federal by-election, October 12, 1982: Toronto-Danforth
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Lynn McDonald 10,967 39.11 -1.26
Independent Peter Worthington 9,004 32.11
Progressive Conservative Bill Fatsis 4,999 17.82 -6.10
Liberal Dave O'Connor 2,728 9.73 -23.31
Independent Donald Y. Hsu 159 0.57
Rhinoceros Terry The Pirate Roche 90 0.32 -0.29
Independent Christopher R.C. Boddy 41 0.15
Independent Sydney Thompson 38 0.14
Independent John Turmel 19 0.07
Total valid votes 28,045 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Bob Rae 12,953 40.37 +0.65
Liberal Philip Deane Gigantes 10,601 33.04 +5.06
Progressive Conservative Michael Clarke 7,677 23.92 -6.16
Libertarian Walter Belej 352 1.10 -0.33
Rhinoceros Vicki Butterfield 196 0.61
Communist Ed McDonald 164 0.51 +0.07
Independent Don Hayward 53 0.17
Marxist–Leninist Dorothy J. O'Donnell 53 0.17 0.00
Independent Milorad Novich 40 0.12 -0.07
Total valid votes 32,089 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Bob Rae 13,187 39.72
Progressive Conservative Michael Clarke 9,987 30.08
Liberal Philipp Varelis 9,290 27.98
Libertarian Walter Belej 474 1.43
Communist John Bizzell 145 0.44
Independent Milorad Novich 64 0.19
Marxist–Leninist Dorothy J. O'Donnell 57 0.17
Total valid votes 33,204 100.00

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Coordinates: 43°40′48″N 79°20′56″W / 43.680°N 79.349°W / 43.680; -79.349