Toronto municipal election, 1978
The Toronto municipal election of 1978 held on Monday, November 13, 1978, was the first seriously contested mayoralty race in Toronto, Canada, since David Crombie took office in the 1972 election. Crombie left municipal politics earlier in 1978 to seek and win a seat in the Canadian House of Commons as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Rosedale electoral district.
Though O'Donohue and Smith were both aligned with the Liberals with links to developers, O'Donohue was seen as more right-wing and won the endorsement of the conservative Toronto Sun newspaper, while Smith was seen as more of a centrist.
Sewell had first been elected to Toronto city council in 1969 and had a reputation as a community activist and even a radical. His backers consisted of New Democratic Party supporters (although Sewell himself has never been a member of the party), left-wing Liberals and Red Tories, many of whom had supported Crombie who, despite his Tory allegiance, had a reputation as a reform mayor on the left-wing of the municipal political spectrum.
The split on the right between O'Donohue and Smith allowed Sewell to win with less than 50% of the vote.
- John Sewell - 71,885
- Tony O'Donohue - 62,173
- David Smith - 45,071
- Joe Martin - 1,658
- Ron Morawski - 1,546
- John Beattle - 1,239
- Louis Thomas - 826
- Richard Sanders - 778
- Zoltan Szoboszloi - 439
- Hardial Dhir - 379
- Walter Lohaza - 336
- Andries Murnieks - 323
Top two from each ward elected to Toronto City Council. Top one from each ward also wins a seat on Metro Toronto council.
- Ward 1 (Swansea and Bloor West Village)
- David White (incumbent) - 8,087
- William Boytchuk - 7,379
- Audrey Jardine - 5,281
- Diane Fancher - 4,943
- Io Amoneen - 4,457
- Aiden Buckley - 1,209
- Ward 2 (Parkdale and Brockton)
- Tony Ruprecht - 4,843
- Barbara Adams - 4,582
- Thor Wons - 3,457
- Chris Korwin - 3,008
- Les Wawrow - 1,959
- Glen Bany - 1,956
- Bob Grossi - 1,237
- Frank Bray - 299
- Larry Daoust - 141
- Ward 3 (Davenport and Corso Italia)
- Joseph Piccininni (incumbent) - 7,566
- Richard Gilbert (incumbent) - 6,377
- Joe Renda - 2,616
- Tony Amono - 1,071
- Tina Martin - 732
- Ward 4 (Trinity-Bellwoods and Little Italy)
- Art Eggleton (incumbent) - 4,961
- George Ben (incumbent) - 3,402
- Joe Pantalone - 3,251
- John Medeiros - 1,844
- Tony Ianno - 1,807
- Bill Moniz - 1,398
- Manuel Alves - 671
- Robert Taddeo - 547
- Joe Pimental - 341
- Manuel Garcia - 330
- Ward 5 (The Annex and Yorkville)
- Ying Hope (incumbent) - 11,870
- Susan Fish (incumbent) - 11,505
- Frank Severino - 2,056
- Ward 6 (Financial District, Toronto - University of Toronto)
- Allan Sparrow (incumbent) - 8,029
- Dan Heap (incumbent) - 7,514
- Dan Richards - 6,421
- Rose Smith - 2,785
- Joe Martin - 1,143
- Ward 7 (Regent Park and Riverdale)
- Gordon Cressy - 11,869
- Janet Howard (incumbent) - 9,533
- George Patton - 4,258
- Randall Parsons - 837
- Charles Rolfe - 573
- Steve Necheff - 483
- Ward 8 (Riverdale)
- Fred Beavis (incumbent) - 7,997
- Thomas Clifford (incumbent) - 7,205
- Charlotte Stuart - 5,097
- Chris Toutounis - 2,933
- Beatrice Zeveruche - 691
- Louis Kostan - 493
- Jim McMillan - 376
- Vincent Corriero - 267
- Elizabeth Parsons - 253
- Alex Yaung - 189
- Ward 9 (The Beaches)
- Pat Sheppard (incumbent) - 9,248
- Tom Wardle, Jr. (incumbent) - 8,815
- Brian Fullerton - 7,489
- Bruce Budd - 7,113
- Sharon Meecham - 2,366
- Charles Martin - 396
- Ward 10 (Rosedale and North Toronto)
- June Rowlands (incumbent) - 15,790
- Andrew Paton - 14,980
- Harvey Dyck - 8,911
- Neil Agnoo - 640
- Ward 11 (Forest Hill and North Toronto)
- Anne Johnston (incumbent) - 14,996
- Michael Gee - 11,395
- Kay Gardner - 8,485
- Eunice Grayson - 6,115
- Dennis Hunt - 1,388
|Candidate||Total votes||% of total votes|
|Total valid votes||6,027||100.00|
62 out of 78 polls reporting.
- Jean Lance was for many years an activist in Toronto's Lawrence Heights community. She led the Lawrence Heights Residents Association and the Lawrence Heights Neighborhoods Aids Association, and lobbied for various community services in the area. During the late 1960s, she brought day care to the area for single parents. She was also president of the Federation of Ontario Tenants Association. She campaigned in the 1976 and 1978 municipal elections.
- Alan Mostyn was born in Midland, Ontario in 1947. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto (1970) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University (1973), and was called to the Ontario bar in 1975. He is a lawyer with the firm Mostyn & Mostyn, and is active in Toronto's Jewish community. His son Michael Mostyn has campaigned federally for the Conservative Party of Canada, and his wife Sheila Mostyn has sought municipal office in Toronto.
Results taken from the Toronto Star, 14 November 1978.
The final results confirmed Moscoe's victory.
- Stasia Evasuk, "Housing authority pays tribute to its long-time residents", Toronto Star, 10 October 1991, A3.
- Marina Strauss, "Procedures for OHC evictions won't be changed, Bennett says", Globe and Mail, 14 December 1978, T3.
- Mostyn & Mostyn: Attorneys, Home page, accessed 22 October 2006.