When Parkdale-High Park Went Orange, An Analysis

voteCheri DiNovo, the NDP candidate in yesterday's provinicial by-election in Parkdale-High Park, will replace Gerard Kennedy as our Member of Provincial Parliament. She beat Liberal candidate Sylvia Watson by more than two thousand votes. For the second time in less than a year, this riding which previously overwhelmingly supported the Liberal candidates both federally and provincially, has gone orange.

Before we look at the numbers, you might want to catch up on what you've missed with regards to this nasty little by-election. Hit the following for more information.

Since they realigned the provincial electoral districts to match the federal borders, Parkdale-High Park voted Liberal candidate Gerard Kennedy to power twice. Last time out, in 2003, he received 57.8% of the vote and won by over 16000 votes. It wasn't even close. The Liberal Party dropped from 57.8% of the vote and an overwhelming victory to 33% of the vote and a defeat to the NDP in less than three years.

The same trend can be seen federally. In 2004, Liberal candidate Sarmite Bulte won her third consecutive term as Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park. Earlier this year, she too lost to NDP candidate Peggy Nash by more than two thousand votes. The two elections, only nine months apart, are a near exact mirror of one another.

For more on January's federal election, check out these entries.

Did Parkdale-High Park turn orange or did they reject red? As a voter in the riding, in both instances I supported the NDP candidate because I was dismayed by the Liberal candidate. With Sarmite Bulte there was her conflict of interest with regards to our copyright law. With Sylvia Watson, there was the relentless assualt on Cheri DiNovo's character based on sermons she delivered to her congregation at Emmanuel Howard Park United Church. I suspect others in my riding felt the same internal pressure to vote some where else and none of us were willing to move to the right. The NDP reaped the benefits.

I'm glad the Radical Reverend survived the storm. I'm a proud supporter of both her and Peggy Nash. I think we look good in orange.

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I am not so happy about the colour orange, but I am glad that decency prevailed. I agree though that the parallels between the two elections are quite strong. The Liberal brand, already tarnished at the federal level, is in danger of being dumped into the discount bin at the provincial level too.

September 15, 2006 @ 11:17 AM


A special thanks has to be given the Parkdale Community Legal Services for their work exposing how so to be ex city councillor Sylvia Watson wanted to give away a public beach to private interests and how most of her previous campaign contributions were from Parkdale's worst slum landlords many of whose legal properties Watson made legal as a lawyer for the city.

Let's hope the clinic does a campaign like their's agaisnt the Harris government against McGuinty's Liberals leading up to the October 2007 Ontario provincial election.

September 15, 2006 @ 5:57 PM


A lot of it is the lack of credibility the liberals have nowadays, on just about every level. You don't even need to look far to see signs of that. The conservatives aren't really helping their case any, either, so your only legitimate options, really, are the NDP or whoever's running independantly. Maybe it's just me being all manner of critical, but I'm leaning towards independant. Maybe after they stop slinging mud at each other...

September 15, 2006 @ 7:21 PM


The candidates themselves are severely lacking. Bulte and Watson aren't quite as socially conscious as Gerard Kennedy. And both women ruined their own campaigns by making decisions that alienated the essence of Parkdale-High Park.

September 16, 2006 @ 12:53 AM


Woops. I seem to have mistyped one of my links in my previous comment. That's better.

September 17, 2006 @ 4:05 PM

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