|Ontario electoral district|
Riverdale, in relation to the other Toronto ridings, after the 1914 redistribution.
|Defunct provincial electoral district|
|Legislature||Legislative Assembly of Ontario|
Riverdale was a provincial riding in Ontario, Canada that existed from 1914 to 1999. It occupied an area east of the Don River from the city limits just north of Danforth Avenue south to Lake Ontario. It was named after the neighbourhood of Riverdale. In 1999 a major reduction in Ontario seats resulted in Riverdale being merged with part of East York into a larger riding called Broadview-Greenwood.
The 1964 by-election in this riding is well known for being among the first elections in Canadian history where a party (the NDP) used door to door canvassing and a get out the vote effort.
In 1914 the riding was created out of the Toronto East riding. Its initial borders were Logan Avenue from Ashbridges Bay to the city limits just north of the Danforth. The northern boundary followed the city limits with East York east to Woodbine Avenue. The eastern boundary followed this road south to the lake.
In 1926 five ridings were added to Toronto. Three new ridings were created to the east of Riverdale called Greenwood, Woodbine and Beaches. The borders of Riverdale were altered to accommodate the new ridings. The western boundary was moved west to the Don River and this encompassed parts of the old Toronto Southeast and Toronto Northeast ridings. The eastern boundary was moved to Carlaw Avenue which bordered Greenwood riding.
Prior to the 1934 election, the riding of Greenwood was dissolved and split between Beaches riding to the east and Riverdale to the west. The new western boundary became Jones Avenue from Queen Street East to Danforth Avenue. North of Danforth Avenue the boundary continued along Dewhurst Avenue and south of Queen Street the boundary continued along Berkshire Avenue and south to the lake.
In 1966 the boundaries on the east and west sides were altered. To the west it was moved east from the banks of the Don River. Instead it started on the south where Carlaw Avenue met Toronto Harbour. It went north along Carlaw to Queen Street East, then west along Queen to DeGrassi St. It went north along DeGrassi until Gerrard, west along Gerrard until Broadview Avenue, north along Broadview until Sparkhall Avenue, east along Sparkhall until Hampton Avenue and north along Hampton until it reached Danforth Avenue. North of Danforth it continued along Jackman Avenue until it reached the city limits. On the east side, next to the neighbouring riding of Beaches-Woodbine, the border started at the lake and went north along Coxwell Avenue to Queen Street East. A one block jog west and then it went north along Rhodes Avenue to the Danforth. At Danforth it jogged back east to Coxwell and then followed this street north to the city limits.
In 1974 the eastern boundary with Beaches-Woodbine was altered. The new border consisted of Coxwell Avenue from Lake Ontario north to the railway right-of-way just south of Hanson Street. The boundary followed the right-of-way west until Greenwood Avenue. It then went north along Greenwood until it met the city limits.
The boundaries were further altered in 1987. The western boundary was moved back to the Don River. This was followed north to the Toronto city limits. Going east it followed the city limits to Coxwell Avenue. It turned south following Coxwell to the Canadian National Railway right-of-way. It went west along the right-of-way turning south following Greenwood Avenue to Queen Street East, then west to Leslie Street, and then south to Lake Ontario.
It was merged into the riding of merged into the Toronto-Danforth in 1996 prior to the election in 1999.
Members of Provincial Parliament
|prior to 1914 part of the Toronto East riding|
|20th||1937–1943||William Summerville[nb 1]||Progressive Conservative|
|21st||1943–1945||Leslie Wismer||Co-operative Commonwealth|
|22nd||1945–1948||Gordon Millen||Progressive Conservative|
|23rd||1948–1951||Leslie Wismer||Co-operative Commonwealth|
|24th||1951–1955||Robert Macaulay[nb 2]||Progressive Conservative|
|1964–1967||Jim Renwick[nb 3]||New Democratic|
|Sourced from the Ontario Legislative Assembly|
|Merged into the Broadview-Greenwood after 1999|
|1919 Ontario general election: Riverdale|
|Labour||John T. Vick||5,882||30.7|
|Socialist Labour||George Lockhart||192||1.0|
|1919 was the first election to allow women to vote, more than doubling the vote counts in each riding.|
|2 polls unreported.|
|"Tory stronghold routed, five Liberals in Toronto". The Globe. Toronto. 1919-10-21. p. 8.|
|Independent Liberal||H.G. Farrell||1,831||12.8|
|Party||Candidate||Votes[nb 4]||Vote %|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||J.W. Buckley||4,407||22.9|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Leslie Wismer||7,091||47.7|
|Progressive Conservative||W.A. Summerville||6,959||39.3|
|1945 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||Gordon Millen||11,769||39.8|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Leslie Wismer||7,851||31.2|
|Liberal||Capt. W.R. Allen||3,722||27.4|
|Socialist Labour||Richard Dunk||186||0.3|
|Canadian Press (1945-06-05). "How Ontario Electors Voted in all 90 Ridings". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. p. 5. Retrieved 2012-03-03.|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Leslie Wismer||12,419||46.8|
|Progressive Conservative||Charles Walton||10,259||39.8|
|Socialist Labour||W.B. Hendry||245||0.9|
|Progressive Conservative||Robert Macaulay||10,705||45.5|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Carroll Coburn||7,150||30.4|
|Liberal||A. Roy Cadwell||5,264||22.4|
|Socialist Labour||Alan Sanderson||387||1.6|
|Progressive Conservative||Robert Macaulay||8,655||44.2|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||H. Hargrave||5,128||37.6|
|Socialist Labour||Alan Sanderson||125||0.3|
|Progressive Conservative||Robert Macaulay||7,707||44.2|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Charles Daly||3,880||41.8|
|Progressive Conservative||Robert Macaulay||7,994||49.3|
|New Democrat||Gerry Gallagher||3,671||22.7|
|New Democrat||Jim Renwick||7,326||38.7|
|Progressive Conservative||Kenneth Waters||5,782||30.5|
|New Democrat||Jim Renwick||10,722||54.1|
|Progressive Conservative||Ying Hope||6,136||30.9|
|New Democrat||Jim Renwick||9,919||46.8|
|Progressive Conservative||J.J. Richards||8,344||39.3|
|Social Credit||Vicki Andrens||315||1.5|
|New Democrat||Jim Renwick||8,885||50.1|
|Progressive Conservative||Dick Perdue||4,649||26.2|
|Social Credit||Armand Siksna||28||0.2|
|New Democrat||Jim Renwick||9,340||55.7|
|Progressive Conservative||Nola Crewe||4,148||24.7|
|New Democrat||Jim Renwick||6,776||46.7|
|Progressive Conservative||Peter Hesky||4,081||28.1|
|1985 Ontario general election|
|New Democratic||David Reville||9,869||52.1|
|Progressive Conservative||Bret Snider||4,590||24.2|
|1987 Ontario general election|
|New Democratic||David Reville||10,338||44.4|
|Progressive Conservative||Bob Dodd||3,300||14.3|
|New Democrat||Marilyn Churley||14,085||62.1|
|Progressive Conservative||John Ruffolo||1,588||7.0|
|New Democrat||Marilyn Churley||10,948||46.9|
|Progressive Conservative||John Gamble||6,348||27.2|
|Natural Law||Loucas Café||124||0.5|
- In 1938, the title of Member of the Legislative Assembly was officially changed to Member of Provincial Parliament. Previously, it was unofficially used in the media and in the Legislature.
- Macaulay resigned his seat midway through the 25th legislature which forced a by-election.
- Renwick died in office 28 November 1984 but the 1985 election was held before a by-election could be called.
- 64 out of 92 polls reporting.
- "Death of a member for Riverdale, speech by Bob Rae on the death of Jim Renwick". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 29 November 1984.
- "Toronto Ridings as they are now - how 10 seats are distributed". Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1914-06-12. p. 5.
- "Map of Toronto showing Provincial election ridings and City Limits". Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1926-11-06. p. 22.
- "Toronto and Suburban Ridings in June 19th Election Fight". Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1934-06-12. p. 3.
- Provincial Electoral Districts (Map). Cartography by Lands and Surveys Branch, Department of Lands and Forests. Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario. 1967.
To find this map in the Ontario Archives, please see sub-series title "Ontario electoral district maps", reference code RG 1-211, File item code RG 1-211-0-0-06.
- Vallee, Brian (1975-08-26). "Riverdale: Prices are a growing concern". Toronto Star. p. A7.
- For a listing of each MPP's Queen's Park curriculum vitae see below:
- For Joseph Russell's Legislative Assembly information see "Joseph Russell, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- For Joseph McNamara's Legislative Assembly information see "Joseph McNamara, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
- For George Oakley's Legislative Assembly information see "George Oakley, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
- For Robert Aloysius Allen's Legislative Assembly information see "Robert Aloysius Allen, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
- For William Arthur Summerville's Legislative Assembly information see "William Arthur Summerville, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- For Leslie Emery Wismer's Legislative Assembly information see "Leslie Emery Wismer, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- For Gordon James Millen's Legislative Assembly information see "Gordon James Millen, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- For Robert William Macaulay's Legislative Assembly information see "Robert William Macaulay, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- For James Alexander Renwick's Legislative Assembly information see "James Alexander Renwick, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- For David R. Reville's Legislative Assembly information see "David R. Reville, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- For Marilyn Churley's Legislative Assembly information see "Marilyn Churley, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- "Elect Russell in Riverdale Riding". The Toronto World. Toronto. 1914-06-30. p. 3.
- "The Vote in Toronto and the York ridings". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1923-06-26. p. 5.
- Canadian Press (1926-12-02). "Ontario General Elections and By-elections, 1923-1926". The Globe. Toronto. p. 7.
- "Sweep by Tories Returns 15 Wets in Toronto Seats". The Toronto Daily Star (Last Extra edition). Toronto. 1926-12-01. p. 1.
- "Vote Cast and Personnel of the New Ontario Legislature". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1929-10-31. p. 43.
- "Detailed Election Results". The Globe. Toronto. 1934-06-21. p. 3.
- "Ontario Voted By Ridings". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1937-10-07. p. 5.
- Canadian Press (1943-08-05). "Ontario Election Results". The Gazette. Montreal. p. 12.
- Canadian Press (1948-06-08). "How Ontario Electors Voted in all 90 Ridings". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. p. 24.
- Canadian Press (1951-11-22). "Complete Ontario Vote". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal. p. 4. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- Canadian Press (1955-06-10). "Complete Results of Ontario Voting by Constituencies". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa. p. 4. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- Canadian Press (1959-06-12). "Complete Results of Ontario Voting by Constituencies". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa. p. 26. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- Canadian Press (1963-09-26). "78 in Tory Blue Wave -- 23 Is All Grits Saved". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 25. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
- "Riverdale and Windsor: 1-2 punch at Liberals". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1964-09-11. p. 1.
- Canadian Press (1967-10-18). "Tories win, but..." The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. B2. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
- Canadian Press (1971-10-22). "Here's who won on the Metro ridings". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. p. 12.
- Canadian Press (1975-09-19). "Results from the 29 ridings in Metro". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. p. A18.
- Canadian Press (1977-06-10). "How they voted in Metro area". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. p. A10.
- Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Election results for Metro Toronto ridings". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
- Canadian Press (1985-05-03). "The night the Tories tumbled; riding by riding results". Ottawa Citizen. Toronto. p. 43. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
- "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1987-09-11. p. A12.
- "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1990-09-07. p. A10.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. 1995-06-08. Archived from the original on 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2012-09-04.