Parkdale—High Park (provincial electoral district)

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Parkdale—High Park
Ontario electoral district
Parkdale High Park.png
Parkdale—High Park in relation to the other Toronto ridings
Coordinates: 43°39′N 79°28′W / 43.65°N 79.47°W / 43.65; -79.47Coordinates: 43°39′N 79°28′W / 43.65°N 79.47°W / 43.65; -79.47
Coordinates for the centre of the district
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
MPP
 
 
 
Cheri DiNovo
New Democratic
District created 1996
First contested 1999
Last contested 2014
Demographics
Population (2011) 105,103
Electors (2011) 74,889
Area (km²) 14.78
Pop. density (per km²) 7,111.2
Census divisions Toronto
Census subdivisions Toronto
Map of Parkdale—High Park

Parkdale—High Park is a provincial electoral district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, created in 1996 and represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1999. It is located in the Toronto's west-end, bordering on the lakefront to the south, the Humber River to the west, and the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks essentially defining its northern and eastern borders. There are 107,035 residents in the district.[1][nb 1] Federally the electoral district is held by Member of Parliament (MP) Arif Virani and municipally by city councillors Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and Gord Perks (Ward 14). The current Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is Cheri DiNovo.

Boundaries[edit]

2007 & 2011 elections[edit]

It consists of the part of the City of Toronto bounded on the south by Lake Ontario, on the west by the Humber River, and on the north and east by a line drawn from the Humber River east along the Canadian Pacific Railway, southeast along the Canadian National/Canadian Pacific Railway to Queen Street West, south along Dufferin Street to the Gardiner expressway; then westerly along said expressway to the southerly production of Spencer Street, and south along the Spencer production to the city limits in Lake Ontario. The boundary then moves westerly along the city limits to the production of the Humber River; then generally it moves northwesterly following the river back to the commencement point at the intersection of the river and the railway tracks.[2]

1999, 2003, 2006 elections[edit]

The district was constituted from parts of the old City of Toronto and the former City of York. It started at the intersection of the westerly limit of the City of York with the Canadian Pacific Railway; then went easterly along the railway to the Canadian National Railway; from there it went southeasterly along the Canadian National Railway to the northerly production of Atlantic Avenue; then southerly along said production, Atlantic Avenue and its southerly production to the Gardiner Expressway; thence westerly along the Gardiner Expressway to the southerly production of Spencer Avenue; then southerly along the southerly production of Spencer Avenue to the southerly limit of the City of Toronto in Lake Ontario. The boundary then moves westerly along the city limits to the production of the Humber River; then generally it moves northwesterly following the river back to the commencement point at the intersection of the river and the railway tracks.[3]

Neighbourhoods[edit]

Parkdale—High Park encompasses seven neighbourhoods surrounding High Park. Including the park and portions west, between the north and south borders of the park is the neighbourhood of Swansea; north of the park are the neighbourhoods of High Park North and the south half of The Junction; north-west of the park are the neighbourhoods of Runnymede-Bloor West Village and Lambton Baby Point; to the east of the park is Roncesvalles; and Parkdale directly to the south and to the south-east.[4]

History[edit]

Parkdale—High Park was created in 1996 when provincial districts were defined to have the same borders as federal electoral districts.[5] It had previously been represented by portions of the High Park—Swansea, Parkdale, and York South districts.[6]

Gerard Kennedy, a member of the Ontario Liberal Party, was the first MPP elected from this district, after he won the seat in the 1999 Ontario general election. He was re-elected in the subsequent 2003 Ontario general election that elected a Liberal majority government. Kennedy served as Minister of Education in that government until he resigned in 2006 to run for the federal Liberal Party leadership, precipitating the September 14, 2006 by-election that was won by DiNovo.[7]

Cheri DiNovo, a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP), became the district's MPP after the September 14, 2006 by-election caused by Kennedy's resignation from the Legislature. DiNovo was re-elected in the 2007, 2011 and 2014 Ontario general elections.[8]

Members of Provincial Parliament[edit]

Assembly Years Member Party
Riding created from High Park—Swansea, Parkdale
and York South
37th  1999–2003     Gerard Kennedy Liberal
38th  2003–2006
 2006–2007     Cheri DiNovo New Democratic
39th  2007–2011
40th  2011–2014
41st  2014–Present
Sourced from the Ontario Legislative Assembly[9]

Election results[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Cheri DiNovo 18,385 40.77 -5.43
Liberal Nancy Leblanc 17,841 39.56 +2.14
Progressive Conservative Jamie Ellerton 5,787 12.83 +1.09
Green Tim Rudkins 2,479 5.50 +2.17
None of the Above Matthew Vezina 305 0.68
Libertarian Redmond Weissenberger 191 0.42 -0.01
Freedom Melanie Motz 105 0.23
Total valid votes 45,093 100.0  
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 262 1.06
Turnout 45,576 56.88
Eligible voters 80,122
New Democratic hold Swing -3.79
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Cheri DiNovo 18,365 46.20 +1.57
Liberal Cortney Pasternak 14,877 37.42 +8.13
Progressive Conservative Joe Ganetakos 4,668 11.74 -3.06
Green Justin Trottier 1,325 3.33 -6.36
Libertarian Rod Rojas 172 0.43 -0.37
Independent Bohdan Ewhen Radejewsky 88 0.22  
Independent George Babula 84 0.21  
Independent Cecilia Luu 78 0.20  
People's Political Party Thomas Zaugg 56 0.14  
Independent Istvan Tar 39 0.10  
Total valid votes 39,752 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 81 0.20
Turnout 39,959 51.79
Eligible voters 77,163
New Democratic hold Swing -3.28
Source: Elections Ontario[10]
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Cheri DiNovo 18,136 44.63 +3.59
Liberal Sylvia Watson 11,900 29.29 -3.7
Progressive Conservative David Hutcheon 6,013 14.80 -2.49
Green Bruce Hearns 3,937 9.69 +3.53
Libertarian Zork Hun 327 0.80 +0.23
Family Coalition Marilee Kidd 322 0.79 -0.5
Total valid votes 40,635 100.0
Ontario provincial by-election, September 14, 2006
Resignation of Gerard Kennedy
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Cheri DiNovo 11,677 41.04 +25.27
Liberal Sylvia Watson 9,387 32.99 -24.84
Progressive Conservative David Hutcheon 4,921 17.29 +1.11
Green Frank De Jong 1,753 6.16 -0.77
Family Coalition Stan Grzywna 367 1.29 -0.2
Libertarian Jim McIntosh 162 0.57  
Freedom Silvio Ursomarzo 111 0.39 -0.02
Independent John Turmel 78 0.27  
Total valid votes 28,456 100.0
Source: Elections Ontario[11]
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Gerard Kennedy 23,008 57.83 +2.91
Progressive Conservative Stephen Snell 6,436 16.18 -13.99
New Democratic Margo Duncan 6,275 15.77 +3.99
Green Neil Spiegel 2,758 6.93 +5.74
Family Coalition Stan Grzywna 591 1.49 +0.8
Communist Karin Larsen 349 0.88  
Independent John Steele 204 0.51  
Freedom Richard "Dick" Field 165 0.41  
Total valid votes 39,786 100.0
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Gerard Kennedy 23,022 54.92
Progressive Conservative Annamarie Castrilli 12,647 30.17
New Democratic Irene Atkinson 4,937 11.78
Green Frank de Jong 500 1.19
Libertarian Doug Burn 325 0.78
Family Coalition Stan Grzywna 289 0.69
Independent Jorge Van Schouwen 99 0.24
Natural Law Lynne Hea 99 0.24
Total valid votes 41,918 100.0
Source: Elections Ontario[12]

2007 electoral reform referendum[edit]

Ontario electoral reform referendum, 2007
Side Votes %
First Past the Post 17,741 45.5
Mixed member proportional[nb 2] 21,207 54.5
Total valid votes 38,948 100.0

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The figure is a sum of the population of the two city wards that occupy Parkdale-High Park. The total may be underrepresented by as much as 5% due to "census undercoverage".
  2. ^ This riding was one of five ridings where a majority of voters supported MMP.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Toronto Population by Ward" (PDF). City of Toronto. May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Parkdale--High Park (Ontario)". Maps. Ottawa: Elections Canada. 2011-12-31. Archived from the original on 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Parkdale--High Park (Ontario". Historical 301 Electoral Districts Database. Ottawa: Elections Canada. 2011-12-31. Archived from the original on 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Toronto Neighbourhood Profiles - Map". Toronto. 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  5. ^ Rusk, James (1996-10-02). "Harris redraws electoral map". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. p. A4. 
  6. ^ Urquhart, Ian (1997-07-12). "Lots of ego in nasty Liberal riding fight". The Toronto Star. Toronto. p. B5. 
  7. ^ Diebel, Linda (2006-10-08). "Calling Mr. Kennedy". The Toronto Star. Toronto. pp. A1, A6–A7. 
  8. ^ Rubin, Josh (2011-10-06). "Parkdale–High Park: DiNovo fights off challenge". The Toronto Star. Toronto. Archived from the original on 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  9. ^ For a listing of each MPP's Queen's Park curriculum vitae see below:
    • For Gerard Kennedy's Legislative Assembly information see "Gerard Kennedy, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
    • For Cheri DiNovo's Legislative Assembly information see "Cheri DiNovo, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  10. ^ Essensa, Greg (2011). "068, Parkdale–High Park". 2011 General Election Results by District. Toronto: Elections Ontario. Archived from the original on 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  11. ^ Chief Returning Officer. "Parkdale–High Park By-election 2006". Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for each Candidate. Toronto: Elections Ontario. Archived from the original on 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  12. ^ Chief Returning Officer of Ontario. "Parkdale—High Park General Election of June 3, 1999". Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate. Elections Ontario. Archived from the original on 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 

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