Toronto municipal election, 1960

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Municipal elections were held in Toronto, Canada, on December 5, 1960. Six-year incumbent mayor Nathan Phillips was challenged by former mayor Allan Lamport and Controller Jean Newman. Phillips was returned to office.

The City of Toronto also held a referendum on whether to remove the Blue Law banning films and concerts on Sunday evenings. The measure passed 94,000 votes to 58,003.

Toronto mayor[edit]

Phillips had first been elected to city council in 1926 and was elected mayor in 1954 and was reelected in 1956 and 1958. He faced two prominent challengers in the 1960 race. Former mayor and Board of Control member Allan Lamport and Controller Jean Newman. Each of the three candidates had the endorsement of one of the city's newspapers. The right wing Toronto Telegram backed Phillips, the centre-right Globe and Mail backed Newman, and the centre-left Toronto Daily Star backed Lamport. One of the central issues was over the expansion of the Toronto subway system by building the Bloor-Danforth Line. All candidates supported it, but there was debate over how it should be paid for.

Results
Nathan Phillips - 81,699
Allan Lamport - 58,254
Jean Newman - 31,999
Ross Dowson - 1,643
Harry Bradley - 1,511

Board of Control[edit]

Top spot on the Board of Control, and the associated budget chief position, was contested between two incumbent conservatives Donald Summerville and William Allen with Summerville winning the top spot. Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) member William Dennison was also reelected to the Board. The position left open by Newman's decision to run for mayor attracted three aldermen with Philip Givens narrowly beating CCF member Herbert Orliffe and Francis Chambers finishing further behind. A month later in January 1961 William Allen won the position of head of Metro Toronto and resigned from the board. Orliffe was appointed to replace him.

Results
Donald Summerville - 110,893
William Allen - 110,256
William Dennison - 76,169
Philip Givens - 66,972
Herbert Orliffe - 65,418
Francis Chambers - 30,696
William Harris - 14,493
Jessie Jackson - 14,062
Burke - 13,240

City council[edit]

Ward boundaries used in the 1960 election

In the elections for Toronto City Council, only one incumbent was defeated, May Birchard in Ward 2. In all but one ward where two incumbents were reelected two councillors switched position changing which would also represent the city on the board of Metro Toronto.

Ward 1 (Riverdale)
Fred Beavis (incumbent) - 10,423
Ken Waters (incumbent) - 10,224
Theobald - 5,566
Peter Ward - 2,092
Ward 2 (Regent Park and Rosedale)
Margaret Campbell (incumbent) - 6,829
Michael Grayson - 5,677
May Birchard (incumbent) - 4,927
Stanley Price - 4,095
Thomas McAulay - 3,360
Currey - 1,194
Ward 3 (West Downtown and Summerhill)
William Archer (incumbent) - 7,509
Charles Tidy (incumbent) - 6,707
John MacVicar - 3,977
James Sanderson - 1,156
Ward 4 (The Annex, Kensington Market and Garment District)
David Rotenberg - 4,766
Horace Brown - 3,626
Murray Caplan - 2,508
Jack Frankel - 2,364
Charles Drukarsh - 2,290
Ralph Meakes - 1,718
Lily Sherizen - 1,654
A.G. Finkelstein - 1,554
Samuel Kwinter - 854
Bruce Magnuson - 847
Dorothy Cureatz - 596
Ward 5 (Trinity-Bellwoods and Little Italy)
Harold Menzies (incumbent) - 6,667
Joseph Piccininni - 4,873
George Ben - 4,317
Louis Lockhart - 3,162
Lloyd White - 3,054
Russell Doyle - 1,609
Janet McMurray - 1,510
John Jones - 1,055
Ward 6 (Davenport and Parkdale)
Frank Clifton (incumbent) - 12,590
May Robinson (incumbent) - 11,201
George Jackson - 3,381
Michael Comar - 3,350
A.J, Robertson - 3,285
Stanley Steban - 3,197
W.G. Martin - 2,855
Pauline Miles - 2,360
Jack Starkman - 1,428
Anne Fritz - 1,142
Ward 7 (Bloor West Village)
William Davidson (incumbent) - 7,226
Mary Temple (incumbent) - 6,368
Thomas Wilson - 5,258
John O'Shea - 3,540
Ward 8 (The Beaches)
Alex Hodgins (incumbent) - 9,995
Tom Wardle Sr. - 9,516
S.T. Bullock - 7,963
Chris Stavro - 7,347
Joseph McNulty - 3,033
S.A. Baker - 2,486
A.A. Williams - 1,382
E.V. Cox - 1,064
Taiml Davis - 922
John Square - 455
Ward 9 (North Toronto)
Kenneth Ostrander (incumbent) - 20,481
Frank Nash (incumbent) - 11,907
Helen Johnston - 9,916
William Hall - 7,166

Results taken form the December 6, 1960 Toronto Star and might not exactly match final tallies.

References[edit]

  • Election Coverage. Toronto Star. December 6, 1960