Peter Milczyn

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Peter Milczyn
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 12, 2014
Preceded by Doug Holyday
Constituency Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 5) Etobicoke—Lakeshore
In office
2000–2014
Preceded by Blake Kinahan
Succeeded by James Maloney
Etobicoke councillor (Ward 2)
In office
1994–1997
Preceded by Alex Faulkner
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born 1965 (age 48–49)
Etobicoke, Ontario
Nationality Polish-Canadian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Rose
Profession Architect

Peter Milczyn (born 1965) is a politician in Ontario. In 2014, he was elected as a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore. He also served as a city councillor in Toronto, Ontario in the Etobicoke part of the city.

Background[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Politics[edit]

Milczyn first ran for a seat on the Etobicoke city council in 1991. He came third behind winner Alex Faulkner.[2] He ran again in 1994 and beat out eight other contenders in Ward 2 after Faulkner retired from politics.[3]

Active in the Liberal Party, he became president of Etobicoke—Lakeshore riding association.[4] 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."[4]

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[citation needed] and backed John Tory for Mayor of Toronto in the 2003 municipal election.

Milczyn was the Ontario Liberal Party's candidate in the Etobicoke—Lakeshore provincial by-election, caused by the resignation of Laurel Broten, which was held August 1, 2013.[5]

Milczyn was defeated by fellow Toronto councillor Doug Holyday, running for the Progressive Conservatives,[6] but defeated Holyday in the 2014 general election.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

2010 Toronto election, Ward 5[8]
Candidate Votes  %
Peter Milczyn 9,778 41.2
Justin Di Ciano 9,669 40.7
Morley Kells 2,725 11.5
John Chiappetta 1,245 5.2
Rob Therrien 339 1.4
Total 23,756 100
2006 Toronto election, Ward 5[9]
Candidate Votes  %
Peter Milczyn 8,501 55.8
Arthur Roszak 3,856 25.3
John Chiappetta 1,668 10.9
Joseph Mignone 1,021 6.7
Bojidar Tchernev 191 1.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lavoie, Joanna (13 November 2005). "Councillor's mother dies; Maria Teresa Milczyn was a groundbreaking journalist". Etobicoke Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Etobicoke: Results". Toronto Star. 13 November 1991. p. E8. 
  3. ^ "Municipal Council - Final Results". Toronto Star. 16 November 1994. p. A8. 
  4. ^ a b Stewart, Edison (19 March 1993). "Chretien to name woman for Metro race". Toronto Star. p. A2. 
  5. ^ "Wynne set to call five Ontario byelections for Aug. 1". Toronto Star. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Doug Holyday lands coveted Toronto seat for Tories". CBC News. August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Milczyn's win over Holyday ends Tory toehold in Toronto". Toronto Star. June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ City of Toronto elections page
  9. ^ City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006

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