Willowdale (electoral district)

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Willowdale
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
Willowdale.png
Willowdale in relation to the other Toronto ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Chungsen Leung
Conservative
District created 1976
First contested 1979
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 140,456
Electors (2011) 94,934
Area (km²)[2] 30.48
Pop. density (per km²) 4,608.1
Census divisions Toronto
Census subdivisions Toronto
Map of Willowdale riding

Willowdale is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1979.

The riding was created in 1976 from part of Eglinton.

Conservative Party of Canada candidate Chungsen Leung became the elected MP for Willowdale following the May 2011 Federal Election.

Previously, this riding was considered a Liberal stronghold, having been won by the Liberal Party of Canada in all but one election since 1980. Longtime Liberal MP Jim Peterson was the riding's MP from 1980 to 1984 and from 1988 to 2007, and Martha Hall Findlay was the riding MP from 2008 to 2011. Long considered a safe Liberal seat, the Conservative candidate won by 761 votes on May 2, 2011.

This district is home to some landmarks like Mel Lastman Square, the Toronto Centre for the Arts and the Claude Watson School for the Arts.

Geography[edit]

It consists of the part of the City of Toronto bounded on the north by the northern city limit (Steeles Avenue), and on the east, south and west by a line drawn from the city limit south along Victoria Park Avenue, southwest along the hydroelectric transmission line situated north of Apache Trail, south along Highway 404, west along Finch Avenue East, south along Leslie Street, southwest along Highway 401, northwest along the Don River West Branch, northeast along Bathurst Street, east along the hydroelectric transmission line situated north of Finch Avenue West and north along Yonge Street to the city limit.

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2001 Census

Ethnic groups: 50.5% White, 28.7% Chinese, 9.8% Korean, 4.2% South Asian, 3.9% West Asian, 3.3% Black, 1.5% Filipino.
Languages: 42.8% English, 54.6% Other, 1.6% Multiple languages
Religions: 21.7% Protestant, 21.4% Catholic, 8.4% Jewish, 6.1% Muslim, 5.6% Other Christian, 4.5% Christian Orthodox, 3.5% Buddhist, 1.5% Hindu, 26.5% No religious affiliation
Average income: $35,689

History[edit]

Willowdale consisted initially of the part of the Borough of North York bounded on the north by the borough limit (Steeles Avenue), on the West by the West Branch of the Don River and Bathurst Street, on the south by Highway 401, and on the east by Bayview Avenue.

In 1987, it was redefined to consist of the part of the City of North York bounded on the north by the borough limits (Steeles Avenue), and on the east, south and west by a line drawn from the borough limit southeast along the Don River West Branch, south along Bayview Avenue, east along Finch Avenue East, south along the Don River East Branch, west along Highway 401, and northwest along the Don River West Branch to the borough limit.

In 1996, it was redefined to consist of the part of the City of North York bounded on the north by the borough limits (Steeles Avenue), and on the east, south and west by a line drawn from the borough limit south along the eastern limit of the city, west along the hydro-electric transmission line situated south of McNicoll Avenue, south along Highway 404, west along Finch Avenue East, south along the Don River East Branch, west along Highway 401, northwest along the Don River West Branch, north along Bathurst Street, east along Drewry Avenue, north along Chelmsford Avenue, west along Greenwin Village Road, and north along Village Gate to the northern city limit.

In 2003, it was given its current boundaries as described above.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Willowdale
Riding created from Eglinton
31st  1979 − 1980     Bob Jarvis Progressive Conservative
32nd  1980 − 1984     Jim Peterson Liberal
33rd  1984 − 1988     John Oostrom Progressive Conservative
34th  1988 − 1993     Jim Peterson Liberal
35th  1993 − 1997
36th  1997 − 2000
37th  2000 − 2004
38th  2004 − 2006
39th  2006 − 2007
 2008 − 2008     Martha Hall Findlay Liberal
40th  2008 − 2011
41st  2011 − Present     Chungsen Leung Conservative

Former boundaries[edit]

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Chungsen Leung 22,207 41.7 +9.2
Liberal Martha Hall Findlay 21,275 39.9 -8.8
New Democratic Mehdi Mollahasani 9,777 18.4 +8.2
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,259 100.0
Total rejected ballots 295 0.6 +0.2
Turnout 53,554 58.4 +6.5
Eligible voters 91,631
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Martha Hall Findlay 23,889 48.7 -10.6 $47,844.17
Conservative Jake Karns 15,931 32.5 +2.4 $75,479.99
New Democratic Susan Wallace 5,011 10.2 +5.4 $8,175.95
Green Lou Carcasole 3,130 6.4 +0.6 $4,270.98
Progressive Canadian Bahman Roudgarnia 864 1.8 $4,500
Independent Bernadette Michael 260 0.5 $421.93
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,085 100.0 $94,573.51
Total rejected ballots 203 0.4
Turnout 49,288 51.9
By-election on March 17, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Martha Hall Findlay 13,524 59.3 +7.1
Conservative Maureen Harquail 6,864 30.1 +0.8
Green Lou Carcasole 1,325 5.8 +1.7
New Democratic Rini Ghosh 1,084 4.8 -6.6
Total valid votes 22,797 100.0 $
     Liberal hold Swing +3.1
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Jim Peterson 30,623 55.2 -6.2 $77,156
Conservative Jovan Boseovski 16,254 29.3 +6.2
New Democratic Rochelle Carnegie 6,297 11.4 +1.8 $12,532
Green Sharolyn Vettese 2,268 4.1 +0.4
Total valid votes 55,442 100.0
Total rejected ballots 216 0.4
Turnout 55,658 62.8
     Liberal hold Swing -7.7
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jim Peterson 30,855 61.4 +44.6
Conservative Jovan Boseovski 11,615 23.1 -9.9
New Democratic Yvonne Bobb 4,812 9.6 +4.2
Green Sharolyn Vettese 1,844 3.7
Progressive Canadian Ardavan Behrouzi 883 1.8
Independent Bernadette Michael 253 0.5
Total valid votes 50,262 100.0

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jim Peterson 27,038 61.3 +3.0
Alliance Kevyn Nightingale 7,411 16.8 +4.0
Progressive Conservative Chungsen Leung 7,134 16.2 -5.3
New Democratic Yvonne Bobb 2,404 5.4 -0.6
Marxist–Leninist Roger Carter 145 0.3
Total valid votes 44,132 100.0

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

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jim Peterson 27,311 58.3 -2.8
Progressive Conservative Norm Gardner 10,043 21.4 +4.8
Reform Peter Cobbold 6,007 12.8 -2.4
New Democratic Mikael Swayze 2,833 6.0 +2.4
Natural Law Don Murray 268 0.6 0.0
Independent Paul Coulbeck 266 0.6
Canadian Action Randall Whitcomb 128 0.3
Total valid votes 46,856 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jim Peterson 28,372 61.0 +14.0
Progressive Conservative John Oostrom 7,733 16.6 -26.7
Reform Gerry Welbourn 7,052 15.2
New Democratic Mary Maron 1,682 3.6 -5.2
National Shelley Goldstein 674 1.5
Green Tom Salsberg 461 1.0
Natural Law Mike Dubinsky 248 0.5
Independent Owen Smith 204 0.4
Abolitionist Jewel McKenzie 53 0.1
Total valid votes 46,479 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jim Peterson 24,230 47.0 +4.2
Progressive Conservative John Oostrom 22,347 43.4 -0.1
New Democratic Anne Adelson 4,517 8.8 -4.3
Rhinoceros Peeter Tammisto 268 0.5
Libertarian Hans Wienhold 147 0.3 -0.4
Total valid votes 51,509 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative John Oostrom 22,425 43.5 +6.1
Liberal Jim Peterson 22,063 42.8 -4.6
New Democratic John Fagan 6,711 13.0 -1.7
Libertarian George Graham 329 0.6 +0.3
Total valid votes 51,528 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jim Peterson 22,235 47.4 +7.5
Progressive Conservative Bob Jarvis 17,527 37.4 -7.4
New Democratic Bob Hebdon 6,889 14.7 +0.4
Libertarian Shannon Vale 170 0.4 -0.4
Marxist–Leninist Rae Greig 46 0.1 0.0
Total valid votes 46,867 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Bob Jarvis 22,238 44.8
Liberal Jim Peterson 19,848 40.0
New Democratic Chris Thurrott 7,128 14.3
Libertarian Robert Austin Leber 391 0.8
Marxist–Leninist Rae Greig 71 0.1
Total valid votes 49,676 100.0

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Coordinates: 43°47′N 79°23′W / 43.78°N 79.39°W / 43.78; -79.39