Toronto Centre (provincial electoral district)

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Toronto Centre
Ontario electoral district
Toronto Centre.png
Toronto Centre in relation to other Toronto electoral districts
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
MPP
 
 
 
Glen Murray
Liberal
District created 1996
First contested 1999
Last contested 2014
Demographics
Population (2011) 130,323
Electors (2007) 84,898
Area (km²) 13.34
Pop. density (per km²) 9,769.3
Census divisions Toronto
Census subdivisions Toronto

Toronto Centre is a provincial electoral district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It elects one member to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

It was created in 1999 as Toronto Centre—Rosedale from most of St. George—St. David and parts of St. Andrew—St. Patrick, Fort York, when ridings were redistributed to match their federal counterparts.

From 1999 to 2007 the riding included the area of Toronto from Avenue Road/University Avenue in the west to the Don River and the city limits in the east and the Mount Pleasant Cemetery and the CPR in the north.

In 2007, the riding was abolished and redistributed mostly into Toronto Centre. It lost the area west of Yonge Street and south of College Street plus Toronto Island to Trinity—Spadina. It also gained some parts of Toronto—Danforth as the riding's east border was altered to continue along the Don River past the former city limits to Pottery Road to Bayview Avenue to the CPR. Another boundary change altered the borders around the Rosehill Reservoir.[citation needed]

The Ontario Legislative Building is located within this district.

Members of Provincial Parliament[edit]

Assembly Years Member Party
Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Riding created from St. Andrew—St. Patrick,
St. George—St. David and Fort York
37th  1999–2003     George Smitherman Liberal
38th  2003–2007
Toronto Centre
Riding created from Toronto Centre—Rosedale
and Toronto—Danforth
39th  2007–2010     George Smitherman Liberal
 2010–2011     Glen Murray Liberal
40th  2011–2014
41st  2014–Present
Sourced from the Ontario Legislative Assembly[1]

Election results[edit]

2011-present[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Glen Murray 29,799 58.22 +3.23
Progressive Conservative Martin Abell 9,495 18.55 +2.91
New Democratic Kate Sellar 8,083 15.79 -9.40
Green Mark Daye 2,265 4.42 +1.98
Libertarian Judi Falardeau 550 1.07 +0.11
Freedom Chris Goodwin 265 0.52 +0.32
Special Needs Lada Alekseychuk 200 0.39
Vegan Environmental Harvey Rotenburg 187 0.37 +0.17
Communist Drew Garvie 183 0.36 +0.04
The People Robin Nurse 82 0.16 +0.10
Canadians' Choice Bahman Yazdanfar 78 0.15 +0.11
Total valid votes 51,187 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +0.16
Source: Elections Ontario[2]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Glen Murray 25,236 54.94 +7.77
New Democratic Cathy Crowe 11,571 25.19 -8.22
Progressive Conservative Martin Abell 7,186 15.64 +0.34
Green Mark Daye 1,123 2.44 -0.57
Libertarian Judi Falardeau 441 0.96 +0.57
Communist Cathy Holliday 146 0.32
Independent Harvey Rotenberg 93 0.20
Freedom Christopher Goodwin 92 0.20 -0.03
People's Political Party Phil Sarazen 29 0.06
Independent Bahman Yazdanfar 19 0.04
Independent Anne Abbott withdrawn
Total valid votes 45,936 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 286 0.62
Turnout 46,222 48.42
Eligible voters 95,466
Liberal hold Swing +8.00
Source: Elections Ontario[3]

2010 by-election[edit]

On January 6, 2010, a provincial by-election was called in Toronto Centre[4] to replace George Smitherman, who had resigned as MPP to run for mayor of Toronto.[5] The by-election took place on February 4, 2010.[6]

Ontario provincial by-election, February 4, 2010 (Resignation of George Smitherman)[7]
Resignation of George Smitherman
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Glen Murray 12,289 47.17 -0.58
New Democratic Cathy Crowe 8,705 33.41 +14.55
Progressive Conservative Pamela Taylor 3,985 15.30 -5.11
Green Stefan Premdas 783 3.01 -6.65
Libertarian Heath Thomas 101 0.39 -1.10
Independent John Turmel 66 0.25
Independent Raj Rama 63 0.24
Freedom Wayne Simmons 61 0.23
Total valid votes 26,204 100.00

1999-2007[edit]

Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal George Smitherman 21,585 47.75 −5.03
Progressive Conservative Pamela Taylor 9,225 20.41 −1.63
New Democratic Sandra Gonzalez 8,528 18.86 −1.28
Green Mike McLean 4,366 9.66 5.82
Libertarian Michael Green 675 1.49  
Special Needs Danish Ahmed 256 0.57  
Independent Gary Leroux 213 0.47  
Communist Johan Boyden 200 0.44  
Independent Philip Fernandez 159 0.35 −0.37
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal George Smitherman 23,872 52.78 +13.88
Progressive Conservative John Adams 9,968 22.04 -7.84
New Democratic Gene Lara 9,112 20.14 -11.34
Green Gabriel Draven 1,739 3.84 +2.98
Independent Philip Fernandez 324 0.72
Freedom Silvio Ursomarzo 218 0.48 -0.27
Total valid votes 45,233 100.00
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal George Smitherman 17,756 38.90
Progressive Conservative Durhane Wong-Rieger 13,640 29.88
Independent John Sewell 8,822 19.33
New Democratic Helen Breslauer 4,019 8.80
Green Joseph Cohen 392 0.86
Freedom Paul McKeever 344 0.75
Independent Mike Ryner 236 0.52
Family Coalition Bill Whatcott 232 0.51
Natural Law Ron Parker 205 0.45
Total valid votes 45,646 100.00

2007 electoral reform referendum[edit]

Ontario electoral reform referendum, 2007
Side Votes %
First Past the Post 22,204 50.2
Mixed member proportional 22,070 49.8
Total valid votes 44,274 100.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ For a listing of each MPP's Queen's Park curriculum vitae see below:
    • For George Smitherman's Legislative Assembly information see "George Smitherman, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
    • For Glen Murray's Legislative Assembly information see "Glen Murray, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  2. ^ "General Election Results by District, 094 Toronto Centre". Elections Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Official return from the records / Rapport des registres officiels - Toronto Centre" (PDF). Elections Ontario. 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Provincial Byelection Called in Toronto Centre", Premier of Ontario - Newsroom, January 6, 2010.
  5. ^ "Toronto Mayoral Campaign Officially Underway", CBC News, January 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Toronto Star.com
  7. ^ "Byelection to replace Smitherman called for Feb. 4". Toronto Star, January 6, 2010.

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