Chrystia Freeland, who was Global Affairs Minister in the Liberal government has been re-elected to represent the Toronto riding of University—Rosedale with 52.8 per cent of the vote.
Freeland won by a large margin, as NDP candidate Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda garnered 19.2 per cent of the vote, and Conservative candidate Helen-Claire Tingling received less than 19 per cent of the vote.
Freeland was first elected in 2015, the first election for a riding that was created in 2012 from the northern portions of the Toronto Centre and Trinity–Spadina ridings, both strongholds for the Liberal Party.
In 2015, Freeland, a former journalist and author, beat star NDP candidate Jennifer Hollett. The riding was once held by former Ontario premier Bob Rae.
Before being appointed to the Global Affairs portfolio, Freeland was International Trade minister, and oversaw a number of high-profile global trade pacts with Canada, and is widely seen as one of the Liberals’ strongest cabinet members.
University–Rosedale includes a number of high-income Toronto neighbourhoods such as Rosedale, Yorkville and the Annex. These communities are known for their affluence, educated residents and diverse population, including Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese communities.
Incumbent: Chrystia Freeland
Liberal Party: Chrystia Freeland
Conservative Party: Helen-Claire Tingling
NDP: Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda
Green Party: Tim A. Grant
People’s Party: Aran Lockwood
Communist Party: Drew Garvie
Animal Protection Party of Canada: Liz White
Stop Climate Change: Karin Brothers
Marxist-Leninist Party: Steve Rutchinski
Population (2016 census data): 104, 311
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