Toronto municipal election, 1991

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The 1991 Toronto municipal election was held on November 12, 1991 to elect councillors in Metropolitan Toronto, Canada, and mayors, councillors and school trustees in Toronto, York, East York, North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke.

Under the 1989 Municipal Act changes, the title of alderman was changed to councillor across Metro.[1]

Leadership[edit]

Metro[edit]

The electoral divisions used for Metro in the 1991 election

Metro council was mostly unchanged from that elected in the 1988 election. The only incumbent defeated was Bob Sanders in Scarborough Malvern, who was ousted by Raymond Cho. New arrivals included school board trustee Olivia Chow elected downtown.

High Park
Derwyn Shea (incumbent) - 13,706
David Miller - 8,079
Yaqoob Khan - 1,544
Trinity Niagara
Joe Pantalone (incumbent) - 9,084
Michael Baillargeon - 3,610
Charlene Cottle - 1,364
Downtown
Olivia Chow - 10,024
Storm MacGregor - 4,913
Michael Lockey - 2,805
Larry Lee - 1,836
Zoltan Fekete - 1,327
Don River
Roger Hollander (incumbent) - 10,868
Paul Raina - 9,220
East Toronto
Paul Christie (incumbent) - acclaimed
Davenport
Dennis Fotinos - 7,452
Anne Ladouceur - 3,695
Peter Zahakos - 3,532
Dale Ritch - 1,697
Midtown
Ila Bossons (incumbent) - 14,776
Victor Knox - 6,996
North Toronto
Anne Johnston (incumbent) - 21,953
Paul Egli - 4,267
East York
Peter Oyler (incumbent) - 9,810
Steve Mastoras - 7,083
Mike Wyatt - 4,372
Lakeshore Queensway
Blake Kinahan - 9,055
Jeff Knoll - 6,624
Markland Centennial
Dick O'Brien (incumbent) - acclaimed
Kingsway Humber
Dennis Flynn - 13,097
Terry Howes - 5,825
Rexdale Thistletown
Lois Griffin - acclaimed
North York Humber
Mario Gentile (incumbent) - acclaimed
Black Creek
Maria Augimeri (incumbent) - 10,801
Frank Crudo - 3,298
Angela Natale
North York Spadina
Howard Moscoe (incumbent) - 11,129
Tibor Martinek - 2,589
Larry Wynne - 1,687
North York Centre South
Bev Salmon (incumbent) - acclaimed
North York Centre
Norman Gardner (incumbent) - 12,119
Jeffrey Smith - 3,028
Don Parkway
Marie Labette (incumbent) - 10,897
Louis Horvath - 3,544
Seneca Heights
Joan King (incumbent) - 11,624
Peter Lowry - 3,245
Scarborough Bluffs
Brian Ashton (incumbent) - 11,398
Frank Duckworth - 3,994
Scarborough Wexford
Maureen Prinsloo (incumbent) - 6,288
Hugh Canning - 4,820
Scarborough Centre
Brian Harrison (incumbent) - acclaimed
Scarborough Highland Creek
Ken Morrish (incumbent) - acclaimed
Scarborough Agincourt
Scott Cavalier (incumbent) - 7,171
Anne McBride - 4,236
Scarborough Malvern
Raymond Cho - 5,283
Bob Sanders(incumbent) - 3,977
Shan Rana - 1,321
York Eglinton
Mike Colle - 10,773
John Rocca - 2,223
York Humber
Alan Tonks - acclaimed

Toronto[edit]

Mayor[edit]

In Toronto, the mayoral race was the first open contest in more than a decade as Mayor Art Eggleton decided not to run for re-election after 11 years. Jack Layton, a long-time city councillor and leader of the council's left wing contested the Mayor's position as the first-ever official candidate of the Metro New Democratic Party (NDP).

The centre-right was initially divided amongst three candidates, former city councillor June Rowlands who had most recently been chair of the police commission, then-city councillor Betty Disero and former alderman, provincial cabinet minister and Red Tory Susan Fish. Fearing that the 1991 election would be a repeat of 1978 where a split on the right allowed left-winger John Sewell to win, the business and development community worked behind the scenes to consolidate its support behind Rowlands. Lacking funds, Disero and Fish were forced to drop out before the close of nominations resulting in a two-way race between Rowlands and Layton with Rowlands proving victorious. Fish's name remained on the ballot, as she withdrew after the deadline for nominations had passed.

Election for Mayor, City of Toronto, 1991 municipal election
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
June Rowlands 113,993 58.53
Jack Layton 64,044 32.88
Susan Fish 8,123 4.17
Don Andrews 1,968 1.01
Jim Harris 1,760 0.90
Ken Campbell 1,708 0.88
Joe Young 1,196 0.61
William McKeown 1,023 0.53
Ben Kerr 952 0.49
Total valid votes 194,767 100.00

Results taken from the Toronto Star newspaper, 14 November 1991, E8. The final official results were not significantly different.

City council[edit]

Ward boundaries used in the 1991 election

As with Metro, city council was mostly stable with all incumbents who ran being reelected. The new council had six NDP affiliated members eight members on the right and two moderates who varied between the groups. New members included Kyle Rae, who won Layton's vacated downtown seat, and became the first ever openly gay man to serve on council.

Ward 1 (Swansea and Bloor West Village)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
William Boytchuk (X) 5,662 41.25
David Hutcheon 3,913 28.51
Rosemary Martinuk 2,319 16.90
Bill Roberts 1,830 13.33
Total valid votes 13,724 100.00
  • In Ward 1, incumbent Councillor William Boytchuk (who has served as councillor since 1969), had no problem keeping his seat, winning with a 13% margin over David Hutcheon. Hutcheon would later be elected to City Council in 1994 and serve as Budget Chief.
Ward 2 (Parkdale)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Chris Korwin-Kuczynski (X) 7,005 59.45
Susan Shaw 4,777 40.54
Total valid votes 11,782 100.00
  • Councillor Korwin-Kuczynski, who has held the ward since 1982, defeated challenger Susan Shaw by nearly 20% in a head-to-head challenge.
Ward 3 (Brockton)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Tony O'Donohue (X) 4,348 64.01
Debbie Field 2,312 34.04
Jimmy Talpa 132 1.94
Total valid votes 6,792 100.00
  • Serving on Council since 1966, O'Donohue easily won re-election in his ward.
Ward 4 (Trinity-Bellwoods and Little Italy)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Martin Silva (X) 3,870 47.51
Nick Figliano 2,780 34.13
Ian Christie 1,496 18.36
Total valid votes 8,146 100.00
  • Martin Silva has held the ward since winning for the first time in 1988, and won re-election over Nick Figliano and Ian Christie with almost half the vote.
Ward 5 (Financial District, Toronto - University of Toronto)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Liz Amer (X) 3,718 37.73
Benson Lau 3,304 33.53
Hilary Gait 1,948 19.79
Raymond Poon 884 8.97
Total valid votes 9,854 100.00
  • One term Councillor Liz Amer won re-election by a narrow margin over Benson Lau.
Ward 6 Downtown East
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Kyle Rae 4,803 38.08
Simon de Groot 3,630 28.78
Peter Maloney 3,410 27.03
Hutch Andersan 771 6.11
Total valid votes 12,614 100.00
  • Kyle Rae won the seat vacated by Jack Layton in his attempt to run for mayor, and became the first openly gay City Councillor in Toronto.
Ward 7 (Regent Park and Cabbagetown)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Barbara Hall (X) 5,853 70.13
Edward Fortune 2,493 29.87
Total valid votes 8,346 100.00
  • Barbara Hall (who will later serve as mayor), soundly won her ward with 70% of the vote, in a one-on-one campaign against Edward Fortune.
Ward 8 (Riverdale)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Peter Tabuns (X) 5,974 46.63
John Roy 5,709 44.56
Michael Green 1,129 8.81
Total valid votes 12,812 100.00
  • Future NDP MPP Peter Tabuns won his ward by a razor-thin margin. Tabuns defeated John Roy by just over 200 votes, the narrowest in the election campaign.
Ward 9 (East Danforth)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Steve Ellis 3,801 36.40
Avril Usha Velupillai 3,437 32.92
Terry Brackett 3,204 30.68
Total valid votes 10,442 100.00
  • After the resignation of incumbent councillor Tom Clifford, the seat was won by Steve Ellis in a three way race over the area's School Trustee Avril Usha Velupillai and Terry Brackett.
Ward 10 (The Beaches)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Tom Jakobek (X) 10,211 72.43
Shelly Jean O'Neill 3,887 27.57
Total valid votes 14,098 100.00
  • Tom Jakobek, who has served as the councillor for the area since 1980, won re-election in an almost 3 to 1 margin over challenger Shelly Jean O'Neill.
Ward 11 (The Junction)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Rob Maxwell (X) 3,780 51.53
Walter Melnyk 3,090 42.13
Eugene Zimmerebner 485 6.61
Total valid votes 7,355 100.00
  • Incumbent Rob Maxwell won by a 700 vote margin over Walter Melnyk.
Ward 12 (Davenport and Corso Italia)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Betty Disero (X) 6,420 64.73
Nick Marchese 1,902 19.18
Fred Dominelli 1,596 16.09
Total valid votes 9,918 100.00
  • After dropping out in her run for mayor, Betty Disero ran for City Council, soundly defeating her challengers with 65% of the vote.
Ward 13 (The Annex and Yorkville)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
John Adams 4,904 38.60
Ying Hope 4,157 32.72
Brian Mayes 3,645 28.69
Total valid votes 12,706 100.00
  • John Adams won the ward of Yorkville. Ying Hope also attempted to make a political comeback, after serving as a Toronto alderman in the 1960s and 70s.
Ward 14 (Forest Hill)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Howard Levine (X) 5,201 42.90
John Gunning 4,015 33.12
Gerry Gordon 2,280 18.81
Anthony Burson 628 5.18
Total valid votes 12,124 100.00
  • Incumbent Howard Levine wins the upper-class ward with 43% of the vote, 11% over his next closest challenger John Gunning.
Ward 15 (Western North Toronto)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Kay Gardner (X) 11,299 76.11
Nancy Griffin 3,546 23.88
Total valid votes 14,845 100.00
  • The only ward where all candidates were female, incumbent Kay Gardner defeated her challenger Nnacy Griffin with 3 times the vote.
Ward 16 (Davisville and Lawrence Park)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Michael Walker (X) 9,001 57.47
Malcolm Martini 3,688 23.55
Howard Brown 2,973 18.98
Total valid votes 15,662 100.00
  • Michael Walker wins the riding with twice the amount of votes as his next closest challenger.


York[edit]

Mayor York - Fergy Brown

York City Council[edit]

Ward 1 R. Mendelson, defeated incumbent B. Nobleman

Ward 2 Joe Mihevc, defeated incumbent Tony Mandarano

Ward 3 Rob Davis

Ward 4 Joan Roberts, defeated incumbent Nicolo Fortunato

Ward 5 Barry D. Rowland, defeated incumbent Jim Fera

Ward 6 Mike McDonald, defeated incumbent B. McLean

Ward 7 Frances Nunziata, retained seat

Ward 8 Bill Saundercook, retained seat

School Board[edit]

Ward 1 Karen Hen

Ward 2 Pete Karageorgos (acclamation)

Ward 3 John Mills

Ward 4 Elizabeth Hill

Ward 5 Joe Morriello

Ward 6 Bonnie Taylor

Ward 7 Steven Mould

Ward 8 Madeline McDowell

North York[edit]

Mel Lastman is re-elected mayor of the City and serves until 1997. Peter Li Preti re-elected was councillor in Ward 3 and former Ward 3 councillor Claudio Polsinelli wins in Ward 5.

North York School Board[edit]

Ward 1 Emery

  • Sheila Lambrinos (NDP)

Ward 2 Amesbury Park/Black Creek

  • Bob Churchill

Ward 3 Jane/Finch

  • Stephnie Payne (NDP)

Ward 4 Lawrence Heights

  • Elsa Chandler

Ward 5 Downsview

  • Errol Young

Ward 6 Avenue Rd.

1991 Toronto municipal election, North York Board of Education, Ward Sixedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
David Young 4,222 63.15
(x)Cheryl Moscoe 2,464 36.85
Total valid votes 6,686 100.00

Results taken from the Toronto Star, 13 November 1991 (all polls reporting). The final official results were not significantly different.

Ward 7 Wilson Heights

  • Mae Waese

Ward 8 Banbury-Windfields-St. Andrew's

  • Gerri Gershon

Ward 9 Senlac

  • Shelley Stillman

Ward 10 Don Mills-Flemingdon

  • Darlene Scott

Ward 11 Willowdale

  • Diane Meaghan

Ward 12 Victoria Village-Broadlands-Fenside

Ward 13 Hillcrest

  • Dan Hicks

Ward 14 Oriole/Fairview/Pleasant View

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