Rematch in Don Valley West

Liberal and Conservative meeting for third time in rich riding

With the election 12 days away, the affluent Don Valley West riding pits Conservative candidate John Carmichael and Liberal candidate Rob Oliphant — again.

Rob Oliphant was Liberal MP for Don Valley West from 2008 to 2011. Conservative John Carmichael took the seat in the 2011 election. He broke a five-election streak of Liberal dominance in the riding.

Oliphant and Carmichael are having a rematch, but Oliphant may have his work cut out for him. The boundaries for Don Valley West were altered this year, resulting in more Conservative voters within the riding.

Oliphant, however, has put up an impressive performance this election that might allow him to skate away with the riding. Mainstreet Research polls show the following results for the region: Liberal 47%, Conservative 35%, NDP 13%, Green 4%.

Fifty-one per cent of Ward 26 residents are couples with children, with 47 per cent dwelling in single-detached homes according to the 2011 census.

The population of the riding has grown 6.7% between 2006 and 2011.

The average income according to the 2011 Census was $87,545, the highest in the nation.