|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 5) Etobicoke—Lakeshore|
December 1, 2000
|Preceded by||Blake Kinahan|
|Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee|
December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Norm Kelly|
|Etobicoke councillor (Ward 2)|
|Preceded by||Alex Faulkner|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Born||1965 (age 48–49)
Milczyn was born in Etobicoke. His parents, Wes Milczyn and Maria Graf, emigrated from Poland in 1963. His mother worked as a journalist in Poland. He attended Etobicoke Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto where he obtained a degree in architecture. He set up his own design firm, but his interest in urban planning issues propelled him into politics.
Milczyn first ran for a seat on the Etobicoke city council in 1991. He came third behind winner Alex Faulkner. He ran again in 1994 and beat out eight other contenders in Ward 2 after Faulkner retired from politics.
Active in the Liberal Party, he became president of Etobicoke—Lakeshore riding association. He quit this position, however, when then Liberal Party leader Jean Chrétien appointed Jean Augustine to run as the party's candidate in the riding in the 1993 Canadian federal election. This decision overrode his association's recommendation of Mary Sopta as the candidate. The Liberal party felt that Sopta's Serbo-Croatian background would create tension. Milczyn characterized that as "racist". Milczyn complained that Augustine was being appointed as the Liberal candidate only because she was black. He said, "It's only a factor with me inasmuch as it upsets me that they're using it (color) as a factor."
With the merger of Etobicoke and other municipalities to form the new City of Toronto, he ran, but failed to win a seat on Toronto city council in 1997. In the 2000 municipal election he ran again and was victorious, ousting Blake Kinahan in a close race. He is considered one of the right wing members of city council and backed John Tory for Mayor of Toronto in the 2003 municipal election.
|2010 Toronto election, Ward 5|
|Justin Di Ciano||9,669||40.7|
|2006 Toronto election, Ward 5|
- Lavoie, Joanna (13 November 2005). "Councillor's mother dies; Maria Teresa Milczyn was a groundbreaking journalist". Etobicoke Guardian.
- "Etobicoke: Results". Toronto Star. 13 November 1991. p. E8.
- "Municipal Council - Final Results". Toronto Star. 16 November 1994. p. A8.
- Stewart, Edison (19 March 1993). "Chretien to name woman for Metro race". Toronto Star. p. A2.
- "Wynne set to call five Ontario byelections for Aug. 1". Toronto Star. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "Doug Holyday lands coveted Toronto seat for Tories". CBC News. August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
- City of Toronto elections page
- City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006
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