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Oakwood (provincial electoral district)

Ontario electoral district
Defunct provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
District created 1975
District abolished 1997
First contested 1975
Last contested 1999
Census divisions Toronto
Census subdivisions Toronto

Oakwood was a provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada. It was created for the 1975 provincial election, and was retained until redistribution in 1999. It was abolished into Davenport, Eglinton—Lawrence, York South—Weston and St. Paul's. Oakwood was located in York, which was previously part of Metropolitan Toronto and is now part of the City of Toronto.

Oakwood was a fairly safe seat for the New Democratic Party for most of its existence, although the Liberals won in 1987 and 1995. Both Liberal MPPs, Chaviva Hošek and Mike Colle, served in the Ontario cabinet at one time or another.

The longest-serving member for Oakwood was Tony Grande, who held the seat from 1975 to 1987. Tony Rizzo, elected in 1990, was forced to sit as an Independent MP for twenty months after it was disclosed that his construction firm had been charged with violating Ontario's labour code in 1989. He returned to caucus in 1992.[1]

The riding had large Italian and Portuguese communities, and there was a significant increase in Caribbean immigrants during the 1980s.[2]


  • Members of Provincial Parliament 1
  • Electoral results 2
    • 1975 boundaries 2.1
    • 1987 boundaries 2.2
  • References 3
    • Notes 3.1
    • Citations 3.2

Members of Provincial Parliament

Parliament Years Member Party
Created from parts of York South and York-Forest Hill ridings in 1975
30th 1975–1977     Tony Grande New Democrat
31st 1977–1981
32nd 1981–1985
33rd 1985–1987
34th 1987–1990     Chaviva Hošek Liberal
35th 1990-1990     Tony Rizzo New Democrat
1990–1992     Independent
1992–1995     New Democrat
36th 1995–1999     Michael Colle Liberal
Sourced from the Ontario Legislative Assembly[3]
Merged into Davenport, Eglinton—Lawrence,
York South—Weston and St. Paul's (1999)

Electoral results

1975 boundaries

Ontario general election, 1975
Party Candidate Votes[4][nb 1] Vote %
    New Democrat Tony Grande 7,302 40.3
    Liberal Richard Meagher 5,939 32.8
    Conservative J.A. Marrese 4,619 25.5
Communist Val Bjarnason 267 1.5
Total 18,127
Ontario general election, 1977
Party Candidate Votes[5][nb 2] Vote %
    New Democrat Tony Grande 9,390 43.3
    Conservative Fergy Brown 6,550 30.2
    Liberal Richard Meagher 5,128 23.6
    Independent Willis Cummins 238 1.7
Communist Val Bjarnason 232 1.7
Libertarian Alex Eaglesham 153 0.7
Total 21,691
Ontario general election, 1981
Party Candidate Votes[6] Vote %
    New Democrat Tony Grande 9,235 45.0
    Conservative Harriet Wolman 6,241 30.4
    Liberal Jean Gammage 4,401 21.4
Communist Nan McDonald 654 3.2
Total 20,531
Ontario general election, 1985
Party Candidate Votes[7] Vote %
    New Democrat Tony Grande 11,076 42.3
    Liberal Joe Ricciuti 10,093 38.5
    Conservative Harriet Wolman 4,663 17.8
Communist Mike Sterling 366 1.4
Total 26,198

1987 boundaries

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes[8][nb 3] Vote %
    Liberal Chaviva Hošek 12,586 48.5
    New Democrat Tony Grande 10,938 42.1
    Conservative Irene Paparo-Stein 1,741 6.7
Communist Geoff da Silva 689 2.7
Total 25,954
Ontario general election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Tony Rizzo 10,572 48.9
Liberal Chaviva Hošek 8,196 37.9
Conservative Claudio Lewis 1,712 7.9
Green Steven Peck 589 2.7
Libertarian John Primerano 359 1.7
Communist Elizabeth Rowley 206 1.0
Total 21,634
123 out of 134 polls reporting.
"How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto). 1990-09-07. p. A10. 
Ontario general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Mike Colle 8,599 42.3
New Democratic Tony Rizzo 7,624 37.5
Conservative Courtney Doldron 3,298 16.2
Independent Joseph Flexer 301 1.7
Green Constantine Kritsonis 269 1.3
Natural Law Doug Storey 136 0.7
Libertarian Nunzio Venuto 100 0.5
Total 20,327
"Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. 1995-06-08. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 



  1. ^ 136 out of 137 polls reporting.
  2. ^ 140 out of 144 polls reporting.
  3. ^ 110 out of 118 polls reporting.


  1. ^ "New no-fault insurance plan to be ready by January", Toronto Star, 10 September 1992, A14; Catherine Thompson, "Ferguson not a priority with NDP colleagues", Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 17 March 1993, A1.
  2. ^ John Ferri, "Oakwood issues are sewers, roads not the leaders", Toronto Star, 9 August 1987, A6.
  3. ^ For a listing of each MPP's Queen's Park curriculum vitae see below:
    • For Tony Grande's Legislative Assembly information see "Anthony William Grande, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
    • For Chaviva Hošek's Legislative Assembly information see "Chaviva Milada Hošek, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
    • For Tony Rizzo's Legislative Assembly information see "Tony Rizzo, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
    • For Mike Colle's Legislative Assembly information see "Mike Colle, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (1975-09-19). "Results from the 29 ridings in Metro". The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto). p. A18. 
  5. ^ Canadian Press (1977-06-10). "How they voted in Metro area". The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto). p. A10. 
  6. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Election results for Metro Toronto ridings". The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario). p. 22. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  7. ^ Canadian Press (1985-05-03). "The night the Tories tumbled; riding by riding results". Ottawa Citizen (Toronto). p. 43. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  8. ^ "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto). 1987-09-11. p. A12. 
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