|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario|
August 21, 2013 – June 12, 2014
|Preceded by||Laurel Broten|
|Succeeded by||Peter Milczyn|
|10th Deputy Mayor of Toronto|
December 1, 2010 – August 21, 2013
|Preceded by||Joe Pantalone|
|Succeeded by||Norm Kelly|
|Toronto City Councillor for Ward 3 (Etobicoke Centre)|
December 1, 2000 – August 21, 2013
|Preceded by||New Ward|
|Succeeded by||Peter Leon|
|Toronto City Councillor for Ward 4 (Markland Centennial)|
January 1, 1998 – December 1, 2000
|Preceded by||New Ward|
|Succeeded by||Ward Abolished|
|Mayor of Etobicoke|
December 1, 1994 – January 1, 1998
|Preceded by||Bruce Sinclair|
|Succeeded by||City Amalgamated|
|Chair of the Audit Committee|
June 27, 2005 – August 21, 2013
|Preceded by||Bas Balkissoon|
|Succeeded by||To Be Determined|
|Born||Douglas Charles Holyday
1942 (age 72–73)
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Douglas Charles Holyday (born 1942) is a Canadian politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario before being defeated by Peter Milczyn in the Ontario general election of 2014.
Prior to his election to the legislature, Holyday was a longtime Toronto City Councillor and deputy mayor, representing Ward 3 in Etobicoke Centre, and was the last mayor of the suburban city of Etobicoke prior to the municipal amalgamation of Toronto.
Holyday was first elected to Etobicoke City Council as an alderman in 1982. He was defeated in his bid for the Etobicoke Board of Control in the 1985 municipal election but returned as an Etobicoke city councillor, representing Ward 6, from, 1988 until 1994 when he was elected Mayor. He also served as a member of the Metropolitan Toronto Council from 1994 until 1997.
He was the last mayor of the former city of Etobicoke, defeating incumbent Bruce Sinclair in the 1994 municipal election. After a garbage strike in 1995, Holyday and Etobicoke council tendered the garbage collection contract, and inviting CUPE and private operations to bid. Holyday noted that "[CUPE's] price was nowhere near what the private sector offered us", and noted that the contractor did the job with 35 employees as opposed to the previous 71. The move saved Etobicoke $1 million annual at the time, with city officials estimating it at $2 million in 2009, plus private contractors had to post a performance bond and commit to a wage rate for the duration of a five-year contract, which protected the city from a strike. In 1996, Etobicoke also bought out its employees' accumulated sick plan, with new employees not eligible for sick day accumulation.
Etobicoke was the only area in Toronto not affected by the 2009 garbage strike, with the sick day accumulation plan being one of the unresolved issues between the city and CUPE. Holyday also pointed out that 90 per cent of Canadian municipalities contract out garbage collection, with Oshawa being the only GTA municipality where garbage pickup is done by the city.
Etobicoke was amalgamated into Toronto with the 1997 election. With the position of Mayor of Etobicoke abolished, Holyday ran and was elected to the new Toronto City Council representing Ward 4 (Markland Centennial). With redistribution, Holyday was elected to the new Ward 3 in 1999 which he continued to represent until stepping down from council in 2013
One of Toronto council's staunchest conservatives, he is noted for his fiscal conservatism and tendency to oppose public spending measures. For example, in 2008 Holyday proposed that taxpayers' money could be saved if Toronto city councillors reduced their office expenses, kept better track of business mileage, adopted more frugal newsletters, stopped donating to community groups and sports teams in their wards, and had to justify restaurant meals. In addition to his fiscal conservatism, Holyday has also supported conservative policies in other fields. For example, he opposed banning gun clubs in Toronto, as well as a decision by council to ban the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show from the CNE (council later reversed its decision). He has proposed removing the homeless from Nathan Phillips Square, and was the only member of council not to vote for a resolution describing homelessness as a national disaster. He once criticized plans to close certain streets in downtown Toronto for a "car-free day", saying that that would have a negative impact on businesses. Holyday also supported reducing the number of councillors, and voted against childcare subsidies. He also voted against holding an inquiry into the MFP computer leasing scandal. In 2012, Holyday proposed that casino lobbyists be banned from city hall, stating "I think the fairest way to do it is to take that part out of the equation".
In 1987, Holyday ran for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1987 provincial election, but lost to Liberal Linda LeBourdais by over 6,000 votes. He was asked to run for the Tories in the 2003 provincial election, but declined.
In July 2013, Holyday again ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the August 1, 2013 by-election to replace retiring Liberal Laurel Broten in the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore. Although he once argued that councillors who run for higher office should immediately resign from council, he instead elected to take a leave of absence without pay. On election day, he won by a 1,600-vote margin over the Ontario Liberal Party's candidate, fellow councillor Peter Milczyn.
Holyday has lived his entire life in Etobicoke, and was an insurance broker before entering political life.
|Ontario provincial by-election, Etobicoke—Lakeshore, August 1, 2013
Resignation of Laurel Broten
|Progressive Conservative||Doug Holyday||16,130||46.64||+17.40|
|New Democratic||P.C. Choo||2,705||7.82||-7.63|
|Special Needs||Dan King||157||0.45||+0.06|
|Total valid votes||34,584|
|Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||-13.23|
|2010 Toronto election, Ward 3|
|2006 Toronto election, Ward 3|
|2003 Toronto election, Ward 3|
|2000 Toronto election, Ward 3|
|1997 Toronto election, Ward 4 (Markland Centennial|
|Agnes Ugolini Potts||9,650||20.00|
|Alexander P. Masur||279||0.57|
|1994 Etobicoke election, Mayor|
|Bruce Sinclair (incumbent)||29,687||40.0|
|1991 Etobicoke election, Ward 6|
|1988 Etobicoke election, Ward 6|
|Ontario general election, 1987: Etobicoke West|
|Progressive Conservative||Doug Holyday||9,664||28.76|
|New Democratic Party||Phil Jones||5,784||17.21|
|Family Coalition||Judy Johnson||1,890||5.62|
|Total valid votes||33,593||100.00|
|1985 Etobicoke election, Board of Control (4 elected)|
|Dick O'Brien (incumbent)||34,248|
|Leonard Braithwaite (incumbent)||33,085|
|Chris Stockwell (incumbent)||29,629|
- Tamara Shephard. Etobicoke: No garbage woes for city's west end. Toronto Community News. June 23, 2009. 
- Peter Kuitenbrouwer. Private or public? Guess the winner. National Post. June 24, 2009. 
- Moloney, Paul (Feb 4, 2008). "Penny-pincher offers plan". Toronto Star.
- Peat, Don (May 11, 2012). "Holyday wants council ban on casino lobbyists". Toronto Sun.
- Nickle, David (4 July 2013). "Holyday on leave of absence as byelection race begins in Etobicoke-Lakeshore". Etobicoke Guardian.
- Hudak promotes Holyday, Fedeli to key critic postsCBC, September 10, 2013.
- City of Toronto elections page
- City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006