Ridings to Watch: Brampton East and King–Vaughan

Ridings to Watch: Brampton East and King–Vaughan


WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’s Charelle Evelyn takes a look at the race in two suburban Toronto ridings that could play pivotal roles on election day

Affordability, jobs and crime are all major issues in Brampton East, where a wide open race is expected after the Liberal incumbent, Raj Grewal, was removed from caucus for his gambling addiction. Maninder Sidhu, a trade consultant, is the Liberal candidate in 2019. Labour lawyer Saranjit Singh is running for the NDP. Ramona Singh, an entrepreneur, is the Conservative candidate.

The issues are similar in neighbouring King–Vaughan, where the incumbent Liberal Deborah Schulte, a former city councillor and aerospace engineer, is facing a stiff challenge from former bank manager and mortgage agent Anna Roberts for the Conservatives. Consulting engineer Anne Raney is the Green candidate.

 
BRAMPTON EAST IN 2015:

Raj Grewal (Liberal) won with 52.3% support — and a 28.8% margin of victory (13,010 votes) over Conservative runner-up Naval Bajaj.

Brampton East was the 259th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 65.7%.

BRAMPTON EAST IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):

SIZE: 84.9 km2

POPULATION: 122,000 people in 2016: a change of 22.4% from 2011. The average age is 35.1, with 22% age 14 and under and 9.8% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 85.3% are Canadian citizens. 58.9% are immigrants. 0.2% indicated Aboriginal identity. 90.6% are visible minorities. 60.6% are 1st generation Canadians. 35.7% are 2nd generation. 3.7% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $721,875. Renters paid an average of $1448 per month, with 5.3% in subsidized housing. 68.6% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 5.3% are condos. 19.8% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $25,667. 9.3% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 13.3% of children and 5.8% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are East Indian: 62415 / Punjabi: 9750 / Canadian: 7075 / Jamaican: 6595 / Italian: 4970

IMMIGRATION: India, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Jamaica, Pakistan are the top birth origins for immigrants. India is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Punjabi (Panjabi), Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, and Urdu are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 33.86% English and 0.29% French.

EDUCATION: 23% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 25.7% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.


 
KING–VAUGHAN IN 2015:

Deb Schulte (Liberal) won with 47.4% support — and a 3.2% margin of victory (7,648 votes) over Conservative runner-up Konstantin Toubis.

King–Vaughan was the 47th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 79%.

KING–VAUGHAN IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016)

SIZE: 426.4 km2

POPULATION: 131,995 people in 2016: a change of 20.8% from 2011. The average age is 37, with 21.2% age 14 and under and 11.1% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 92.5% are Canadian citizens. 41.6% are immigrants. 0.3% indicated Aboriginal identity. 37.3% are visible minorities. 43.1% are 1st generation Canadians. 37% are 2nd generation. 19.9% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $981,054. Renters paid an average of $1732 per month, with 7.9% in subsidized housing. 71.0% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 7.1% are condos. 20.3% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $37,384. 8.7% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 11% of children and 7.9% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are Italian: 40955 / Canadian: 11975 / Chinese: 10200 / East Indian: 9360 / English: 8395

IMMIGRATION: Italy, Asia-Other, China, Pakistan, India are the top birth origins for immigrants. Pakistan is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Italian, Russian, Urdu, Spanish, and Mandarin are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 48.87% English and 0.59% French.

EDUCATION: 16.9% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 30.9% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson