Toronto municipal election, 1978

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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.

Toronto[edit]

Mayoral race[edit]

The contest to succeed Crombie (or more correctly, interim Mayor Fred Beavis) was a wide-open affair that saw three aldermen, David Smith, Tony O'Donohue and John Sewell contest the position.

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.

Results
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

City council[edit]

Ward boundaries used in the 1978 election

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

Outside Toronto[edit]

North York[edit]

Mel Lastman is re-elected mayor of the City and serves until 1997. Norm Gardner and Mario Gentile (Ward 2) are re-elected to council.


1978 Toronto municipal election, North York Councillor, Ward Fouredit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Howard Moscoe 2,757 45.74
(x)Murray Markin 1,934 32.09
Eleanor Rosen 630 10.45
Jean Lance 447 7.42
Alan Mostyn 259 4.30
Total valid votes 6,027 100.00

62 out of 78 polls reporting.

Barbara Greene, Esther Shiner and Robert Yuill are re-elected to Board of Control.

  • 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.[1] She was also president of the Federation of Ontario Tenants Association.[2] 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.[3] 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.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Stasia Evasuk, "Housing authority pays tribute to its long-time residents", Toronto Star, 10 October 1991, A3.
  2. ^ Marina Strauss, "Procedures for OHC evictions won't be changed, Bennett says", Globe and Mail, 14 December 1978, T3.
  3. ^ Mostyn & Mostyn: Attorneys, Home page, accessed 22 October 2006.