BOUNDARIES: According to a 2006 census, the electoral district of Davenport has a population of 104,610 people with 63,773 registered voters. It encompasses roughly thirteen square kilometres and is bordered by the CN line, Keele Street and Lavender Road in the west, Eglinton Avenue West, Dufferin Street, Rogers Road and Holland Park Avenue in the North, Ossington Avenue and Winona Drive in the east and King Street West at its most southern point.
MOTHER TONGUE: Davenport is one of the most culturally diverse ridings in the province. According to the census, it has an immigration population of 53 percent, whereas the provincial average is 28 percent and the national is 20 percent. 57 percent of residents speak a language other than English or French.Portuguese, Italian and Spanish are the most spoken.
HISTORY: The riding has remained under the Liberal watch of Tony Ruprecht since he first was elected in 1999. All three of his victories (1999, 2003 and 2007) have come over three different NDP candidates, with Peter Ferreira being the closest in 2007, losing to Ruprecht by just over 1,500 votes.
NEW FACES: This year’s election, however, will see a new Member of Provincial Parliament elected as Ruprecht has left his seat to open up the floor for Christina Martins. Newcomer Jonah Schein will be replacing Peter Ferreira of the New Democrats and the Conservatives will have former municipal hopeful Kirk Russell taking the place of Antonio Garcia. The only returning candidate from the 2007 election is the Green Party’s Frank de Jong who finished the last election with just under ten percent of the votes.
KEY ISSUES: Key issues in this election include tax relief for families, public transit funding and the freezing of transit fares, job creation and rewarding those who create the jobs, HST off of hydro and heating bills, the lowering of small business taxes and the promotion of a sustainable health care system.