Politics of Toronto

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The politics of Toronto, Ontario, Canada involve the election of representatives to the federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government. A total of 23 Members of Parliament (MPs) representing Toronto sit in the House of Commons in Ottawa (the federal capital), and another 22 Members of Ontario's Provincial Parliament (MPPs) sit in the Legislative Assembly at Queen's Park, in Toronto. Being Ontario's capital, many provincial offices are located in the city.

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In terms of electoral politics, Toronto had been an important source of support for the Liberal Party both federally and provincially, though the downtown area tends to support the New Democratic Party (NDP). The federal Conservative Party and the provincial Progressive Conservative Party have historically been weaker in the city, although many of the more right-leaning members of the Liberal Party are from Toronto. In the past, Toronto had often supported the Progressive Conservative party, and in the 2011 federal election, Torontonians sent nine Conservative MPs to Ottawa, eight NDP MPs and six Liberal MPs.

Large parts of Toronto supported the right-wing government of Mike Harris during the 1995 and 1999 Ontario elections. But largely as a result of amalgamating Metro Toronto municipalities -- against the wishes of three-quarters of voters in a municipal plebiscite -- and downloading responsibility for costly services onto the city, the Conservatives were shut of Toronto in provincial elections after 1999 until they won a byelection in 2013.

Mel Lastman won the amalgamated city's mayoralty in the 1997 and 2000 Toronto elections, followed by centre-leftist David Miller in 2003 (the same year the Conservatives were ousted provincially) and 2006. After Miller declined to run again, Conservative ally Rob Ford won the 2010 election handily. Three years later, however, Ford's tumultuous reign and admission to smoking crack (and other indiscretions that attracted international media attention) led City Council to remove many of his powers and much of his office's budget. 

The Stronger City of Toronto for a Stronger Ontario Act, 2006 (Bill 53) was enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on June 12, 2006.[1] It modified the legal powers and responsibilities available to the city under provincial law.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Members by riding[edit]

Riding Name Party Prior Experience Education Assumed Office Born In
Beaches-East York New Democratic Party.svg Kellway, MatthewMatthew Kellway NDP Toronto Energy Coalition
Toronto Board of Catholic Education
University of Toronto (MA) 2011 1964
Davenport Andrew Cash P1040697.JPG Cash, AndrewAndrew Cash NDP 2011 1962
Don Valley East Daniel, JoeJoe Daniel Conservative London School of Economics (BA) 2011 1954
Don Valley West John Carmichael (Canadian politician).jpg Carmichael, JohnJohn Carmichael Conservative North York General Hospital Board
Canadian Automobile Association Chairman
2011 1952
Eglinton-Lawrence Joe Oliver.JPG Oliver, JoeJoe Oliver Conservative Ontario Securities Commission Mcgill University (BA) 2011 1940
Etobicoke Centre 2012 Official Ted Opitz Photograph.jpg Opitz, TedTed Opitz Conservative CPC Political Advisor York University (BA) 2011 1961
Etobicoke-Lakeshore MP Bernard Trottier announcing the official opening of Mimico Waterfront Park.JPG Trottier, BernardBernard Trottier Conservative Etobicoke-Lakeshore CPC Riding President University of Alberta (BSc)
University of Western Ontario (MBA)
2011 1965
Etobicoke North Kirsty Duncan St. John's Rally.jpg Duncan, KirstyKirsty Duncan Liberal Ontario Medical Association University of Edinburgh (PhD) 2008 1966
Parkdale-High Park Peggy Nash in November 2012 in her office.JPG Nash, PeggyPeggy Nash NDP Canadian Auto Workers Negotiator
President of the NDP
University of Toronto (BA) 2006 1951
Scarborough—Agincourt Chan, ArnoldArnold Chan Liberal 2014
Scarborough Centre James, RoxanneRoxanne James Conservative Defend Marriage Campaign 2011 1966
Scarborough East Corneliu-chisu.jpg Chisu, CorneliuCorneliu Chisu Conservative Consul to Moldova
Canadian Forces Major
University of Bucharest (phD) 2011 1949
Scarborough-Guildwood Hon. John McKay MP.jpg McKay, JohnJohn McKay Liberal Canadian Bar Association University of Toronto (BA) 1997 1948
Scarborough-Rouge River RathikaSitsabaiesanReaders'PickWinner.png Sitsabaiesan, RathikaRathika Sitsabaiesan NDP Carleton University Students' Association Carleton University (BCom.)
Queen's University (MA)
2011 1981
Scarborough Southwest Dan Harris NDP MP.jpg Harris, DanDan Harris NDP University of Toronto Students' Union Seneca College 2011 1979
St. Paul's Carolyn Bennett at podium-Crop.jpg Bennett, CarolynCarolyn Bennett Liberal Ontario Medical Association University of Toronto (MD) 1997 1950
Toronto Centre Chrystia Freeland - India Economic Summit 2011.jpg Freeland, ChrystiaChrystia Freeland Liberal CEO of Reuters
Editor of Financial Times
Harvard University (BA, MA)
University of Oxford (MA)
2013 1968
Toronto-Danforth Craig Scott photo by Djuradj Vujcic.jpg Scott, CraigCraig Scott NDP University of Oxford (BA)
London School of Economics (MA)
2011 1950
| Trinity-Spadina Vaughan, AdamAdam Vaughan Liberal Represented Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina on Toronto City Council 2014 1961
Willowdale Leung, ChungsenChungsen Leung Conservative Markham Chinese Business Association
Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce
Carleton University (BA) 2011 1950
York Centre Mark Adler.jpg Adler, MarkMark Adler Conservative Economic Club of Canada
Canadian Institute of International Affairs
University of Toronto (BA) 2011 1963
York South-Weston Mike Sullivan H&S2010-04-20.jpg Sullivan, MikeMike Sullivan NDP University of Toronto (BA) 2011 1952
York West Judy Sgro.jpg Sgro, JudyJudy Sgro Liberal North York City Council
Toronto City Council
Toronto Police Services Board
University of Toronto (BA, JD) 1999 1944

Members of Provincial Parliament[edit]

Members by riding[edit]

Riding Name Party Prior Experience Education Assumed Office Born In
Beaches-East York Potts, ArthurArthur Potts Liberal 2014
Davenport Martins, CristinaCristina Martins Liberal 2014
Don Valley East Coteau, MichaelMichael Coteau Liberal Toronto Board of Education Carleton University (BA) 2014 1965
Don Valley West Kathleen Wynne.JPG Wynne, KathleenKathleen Wynne Liberal Toronto Board of Education University of Toronto (M.ed) 2003 1953
Eglinton-Lawrence Colle web 2 - Sep 00.jpg Colle, MikeMike Colle Liberal Toronto City Council
Toronto Transit Commission
St. Michael's College School (BA) 1995 1945
Etobicoke Centre Baker, YvanYvan Baker Liberal 2014
Etobicoke-Lakeshore Peter Milczyn Liberal Toronto City Council 2014
Etobicoke North Qaadri, ShafiqShafiq Qaadri Liberal Ontario Medical Association University of Toronto (MD) 2003 1951
Parkdale-High Park CheriDiNovo180.jpg DiNovo, CheriCheri DiNovo NDP Political Radio Host 2006 1950
Scarborough-Agincourt Wong, SooSoo Wong Liberal Toronto Board of Education Humber College (BSc) 2011 1961
Scarborough Centre Duguid, BradBrad Duguid Liberal Liberal Executive Assistant 2003 1962
Scarborough-Guildwood Mitzie Hunter Liberal CEO of CivicAction
Toronto City Council
University of Toronto (BA) 2013 1968
Scarborough-Rouge River Balkissoon, BasBas Balkissoon Liberal Toronto City Council 2005 1952
Scarborough Southwest Lorenzo Berardinetti.jpg Berardinetti, LorenzoLorenzo Berardinetti Liberal Toronto City Council University of Windsor (BA, LL.B) 2003 1961
St. Paul's Eric Hoskins.JPG Hoskins, EricEric Hoskins Liberal Founder of War Child Canada McMaster University (BSc,MD)
University of Oxford (PhD)
2009 1960
Toronto Centre Glen Murray cropped.jpg Murray, GlenGlen Murray Liberal Winnipeg City Council
Mayor of Winnipeg
Concordia University (BA) 2010 1957
Toronto-Danforth Peter Tabuns.jpg Tabuns, PeterPeter Tabuns NDP Toronto City Council York University (BA) 2006 1951
Trinity-Spadina Dong, HanHan Dong Liberal 2014
Willowdale David Zimmer.png Zimmer, DavidDavid Zimmer Liberal Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Director of Humane Society
2003 1944
York Centre Kwinter, MonteMonte Kwinter Liberal Toronto Harbour Commission Ontario College of Art
Syracuse University (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BSc)
1985 1931
York South-Weston Laura at West Park.jpg Albanese, LauraLaura Albanese Liberal 2007 1957
York West Sergio, MarioMario Sergio Liberal North York City Council
Toronto City Council
1995 1940

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