Scarborough-Rouge River选区资深省议员包坚信于2016年3月宣布辞职，该选区补选将在其辞职后六个月内举行。Bob Mok在本文中对此次补选的主要候选人做了详细的介绍。
Bas Balkissoon，a long-term MPP for Scarborough-Rouge River, resigned in Mar. 2016, and a bi-election will be called six months after his resignation. Bob Mok’s article takes an inside look at the leading candidates for the bi-election.
The provincial riding of Scarborough-Rouge River (established in 1999) seat became open on March 22, 2016 when Liberal backbencher (member of provincial parliament) Bas Balkissoon resigned without giving a reason. Eventually, Balkissoon claimed that he resigned to allow himself to spend more time with his family. The province will have 6 months to hold a by-election to fill the seat. There is no effect on the Majority government regardless of the outcome and the Premier is in no hurry to call the election.
Scarborough-Rouge River选区北起Steeles Avenue，南至Highway 401，西及Midland/Brimley，东抵Pickering Town。该选区人口为13.5万人，其中华裔占到32.7%，为该选区人口最多的族群。
Scarborough-Rouge River riding is bounded by Steeles Avenue in the North, Highway 401 to the South, Midland/Brimley to the West, and Pickering Town line to the East. With a population of 135,000, Chinese Canadians are the largest demographic in the riding, accounting for 32.7 % of the total population.
This riding has been a Liberal Party bastion from day one and used to garner over 50% of electoral votes until 2011. In the last two elections, only a 7% difference existed between the two front runners.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago and of Indian descent, Bas Balkisson won his seat in a by-election in 2005 after serving as a councillor with Scarborough from 1988-1997 and then from 1998-2005 in the amalgamated city of Toronto.
As a nominee for Liberal candidacy in the 2005 by-election, Balkissoon was handed the nomination when the party used a clause in its constitution that declared other candidates invalid. This action also excluded other contenders such as Raymond Cho who considered putting his name forward. Raymond Cho has since switched over to the Progressive Conservative Party and participated in the riding's general election in 2014.
In the last election (2014), the riding was contested with very close results. Balkissoon won with 38% of the votes, followed by Neethan Shan of the NDP (31%) and Raymond Cho of the PC party (28%). With the departure of Balkissoon this time, the new Liberal candidate will have very big shoes to fill in terms of name recognition and political resume.
让我们来了解一下该选区的主要候选人。Neethan Shan自2012年以来一直担任安省新民主党主席，在2006年至2010年间曾担任约克区教育局教育委员。2010年，Shan曾参选第42选区Scarborough-Rouge River的市议员，结果败给在多伦多市合并之前就一直代表该选区的赵成俊。
Let us look at the leading candidates for this riding. Neethan Shan is president of the Ontario NDP since 2012, and was a York Region District School Board trustee from 2006 to 2010. He was a council candidate for Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River in 2010, losing the race to Raymond Cho who has represented the area since before amalgamation.
In 2011, Shan finished a close second to Liberal Bas Balkissoon . In the 2014 provincial election, Shan again ran for MPP, and again lost to Balkissoon. Cho contested as a Progressive Conservative, and Shan beat him by more than 1,300 votes. Recently, Shan was acclaimed as a candidate for this upcoming provincial by-election after being elected as a Toronto District School Board by-election only four months prior to this announcement. Once the provincial by-election is called, he will take a leave from the Toronto District School Board. If he is unsuccessful in his bid to become a Provincial member of parliament, he will return to his trustee position.
Since Shan is of Tamil origin, his ability to draw votes as a heritage candidate is expected with the significant Tamil population within the riding. Coincidentally, the candidate for the Liberal Party (Piragal Thiru) is also a Tamil and will probably take votes away from Shan's supporters.
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