1976 Toronto municipal election

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The Toronto municipal election of 1976 was held on December 6, 1976 in Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mayors, city councillors and school board trustees were elected in the municipalities of Toronto, York, East York, North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough.

Toronto Mayor David Crombie and North York Mayor Mel Lastman were both re-elected without serious opposition.

Toronto[edit]

Mayoral race[edit]

As in the 1974 election incumbent David Crombie faced no real opposition in his bid for reelection.

Results
David Crombie - 112,763
Don Andrews - 7,126
Henry Argasinski - 3,760
Richard Sanders - 2,373
Judy Lucko - 1,863
Ronald Rodgers - 1,613
Bill Zock - 1,506
Harry Dahme - 1,223
Robert Simms - 1,152
Andreis Murvieks - 962

City council[edit]

Ward boundaries used in the 1976 election

City council was mostly stable, the only notable upset was the defeat of long serving Old Guard member William Boytchuk by NDPer David White in Ward 1. The conservative membership remained stable as retiring moderate NDPer Reid Scott was replaced by conservative Tom Wardle Jr..

Ward 1 (Swansea and Bloor West Village)
Elizabeth Eayrs (incumbent) - 7,656
David White - 5,932
William Boytchuk (incumbent) - 5,883
Ben Grys - 4,420
Amonsen - 1,314
Ed Homonyla - 1,237
Ward 2 (Parkdale and Brockton)
Tony O'Donohue (incumbent) - 7,656
Ed Negridge (incumbent) - 4,545
Barbara Adams - 3,005
Glen Bany - 2,912
Pat Bator - 1,786
Ward 3 (Davenport and Corso Italia)
Joseph Piccininni (incumbent) - 5,826
Richard Gilbert - 4,651
Tony Amond - 1,464
Slough Bolton - 1,457
Domenic Tersigni - 545
Ward 4 (Trinity-Bellwoods and Little Italy)
Art Eggleton (incumbent) - 4,615
George Ben (incumbent) - 2,957
Joe Pantalone - 2,713
Lee Zaslofsky - 1,940
Sydney Pimentel - 563
Brian Ashley - 379
Ward 5 (The Annex and Yorkville)
Ying Hope (incumbent) - 7,097
Susan Fish - 5,201
Fiona Nelson - 4,731
Barbara Jacob - 2,061
Brian Ashton - 1,796
Alex McDonald - 1,199
Norman Elder - 1,086
Ward 6 (Financial District, Toronto - University of Toronto)
Dan Heap (incumbent) - 8,503
Allan Sparrow (incumbent) - 8,103
Peter Budd - 4,448
Arnold Linelsky - 2,046
Ward 7 (Regent Park and Riverdale)
John Sewell (incumbent) - 8,786
Janet Howard (incumbent) - 6,460
Gary Stamm - 4,419
Ronald Taylor - 770
Charles Rolfe - 767
Ward 8 (Riverdale)
Fred Beavis (incumbent) - 7,193
Thomas Clifford (incumbent) - 6,883
Beatrice Zaverucha - 1,062
Louis Kesten - 951
John Bizzell - 771
Joe Dabonte - 458
Ward 9 (The Beaches)
Pat Sheppard - 4,949
Tom Wardle, Jr. - 4,948
Bruce Budd - 4,665
Joe McNulty - 4,446
William Ross - 3,094
Neil Young - 2,114
John Oliver - 1,766
Sharon Meecham - 735
Edmond Cameron - 432
George Sloan - 344
Tom Last - 232
Ward 10 (Rosedale and North Toronto)
John Bosley (incumbent) - 11,638
June Rowlands - 11,307
Robert Perkins - 5,079
David White - 1,517
Ward 11 (Forest Hill and North Toronto)
David Smith (incumbent) - 12,441
Anne Johnston (incumbent) - 11,600
Russ Tandler - 1,412
Fay MacPerson - 1,283

Changes[edit]

Mayor David Crombie resigned on August 31, 1978 to contest a Federal by-election for Rosedale on October 16, 1978. On September 1, 1978 City Council met to appoint a new Mayor. The right-wingers stood Ward 8 Alderman Fred Beavis while the left-wingers stood Ward 11 Alderman Anne Johnston. When the vote was held the two candidates were tied with 11 votes each so in accordance with the Municipal Act put both names into a hat, and the name picked out of the hat would officially be pronounced interim mayor. Fred Beavis was the name chosen and he became mayor. Thomas Clifford now became Ward 8's sole Alderman and was appointed Metro Councillor on September 11.

Metro boroughs[edit]

East York[edit]

Results from the borough of East York. Two aldermen were elected to each ward.[1]

Mayor
Alan Redway
Ward 1
Dave Johnson
Leslie Saunders
Ward 2
John Flowers
Norman Crane
Ward 3
Ray Ireland
Don van Mierlo
Ward 4
Edna Beange
Peter Oyler

Etobicoke[edit]

Results from Etobicoke. Four members were elected to the Board of Control. Two aldermen were elected to each ward.[2]

Mayor
(x)Dennis Flynn
Board of Control
(x)Bill Stockwell
(x)Bruce Sinclair
(x)Nora Pownall
(x)E. H. (Pete) Farrow
Ward 1
Helen Wursta
Morley Kells
Ward 2
Alex Marchetti
Stewart East
Ward 3
Dick O'Brien
Alex McNeil
Ward 4
Lois Griffin
John Hanna
Ward 5
Ruth Grier
Pat Keaveney

North York[edit]

Mayor
(x)Mel Lastman - 60,093
William Sutherland - 15,634
Pallotta - 3,376
Obadia - 1,088
Minty - 920

(1019 out of 1305 polls)

Lastman is re-elected defeating a challenge by Controller William Sutherland

Board of Control
(x)Barbara Greene - 52,053
Esther Shiner - 39,768
Ron Summers - 32,616
Bob Yuill - 31,050
Alex McGivern - 30,110
Jack Bedder - 20,267
Bernadette Michael - 13,803
Angelo Natale -10,281

(1019 out of 1305 polls)

Ward 1
Gord Risk
Ward 2
Mario Gentile
Ward 3
Pat O'Neill


1976 Toronto municipal election, North York Councillor, Ward Fouredit
Candidate Total votes % of total votes Notes
Murray Markin 2,073 40.31
Hugh Montgomerie 1,016 19.76
Jean Lance 959 18.65
Martin Lewin 745 14.49
Harbans Varma 350 6.81
Total valid votes 5,143 100.00

61 out of 77 polls reporting.

  • Hugh Montgomerie was a forty-three-year-old film technician. He recommended a ban on high-density development projects that did not have adequate recreation facilities.[3]
  • Martin Lewin was a thirty-two-year-old sales manager. He argued that shoppers in major plazas should not be forced to pay parking fees.[3]
  • Harbans Rai Varma was a fifty-year-old supply teacher. He called for lower employment and inflation levels, and for improved race relations.[3] He campaigned for the North York Board of Education in 1980, and lost to Elsa Chandler in Ward Four. A candidate named "Rai Varma" ran for the Markham Board of Control in 1991; this may be the same person.
Ward 5
Marilyn Meshberg
Ward 6
Milton Berger
Ward 7
Irving Chapley
Ward 8
Alan Heisey
Ward 9
Norm Gardner
Ward 10
Marie Laballe
Ward 11
Peter Clarke
Ward 12
Barry Burton
Ward 13
Mike Smith
Ward 14
Betty Sutherland

Scarborough[edit]

Results from the Borough of Scarborough. Four members were elected to the Board of Control. One alderman was elected to each ward.[4]

Mayor
(x)Paul Cosgrove - 51,859
Lois James - 6,526
Board of Control
(x)Gus Harris - 35,525
(x)Ken Morrish - 35,243
(x)Joyce Trimmer - 31,358
(x)Brian Harrison - 30,956
Shirley Eidt - 28,363
Grant Boucher - 10,061
Larry Calcutt - 8,321
John Fletcher - 7,770
Ward 1
Bill Belfontaine
Ward 2
Carol Ruddell
Ward 3
Norm Kelly
Ward 4
Jack Goodlad
Ward 5
Frank Faubert
Ward 6
Frederick Samuel Bland
Ward 7
Ed Fulton
Ward 8
Tom Brazier
Ward 9
Doug Colling
Ward 10
Ron Watson
Ward 11
John Wimbs
Ward 12
Joe De Kort

York[edit]

Results from the borough of York. Two members were elected to the Board of Control. One alderman was elected to each ward.[5][6]

Mayor
Philip White 14,711
Fergy Brown 14,443
Board of Control (2 elected)
Doug Saunders 14,549
Alan Tonks 11,998
Patrick Canavan 7,479
Gordon 6,229
Ciardullo 3,572
Ward 1
Ben Nobleman (acclaimed)
Ward 2
Oscar Kogan (acclaimed)
Ward 3
Ron Bradd
Mizzoni 934
D'Aprile 825
Ward 4
Clifford Ward 1,532
Howells 693
Ward 5
Chris Tonks (acclaimed)
Ward 6
Floyd Sainsbury 2,386
Dodds 2,187
Ward 7
Gayle Christie 2,853
Gallichan 1,484
McMahon 373
Ward 8
Mike Waclawski 2,987
John Nunziata 1,920

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voting Results: East York". Toronto Star. December 7, 1976. p. A11.
  2. ^ "Voting Results: Etobicoke". Toronto Star. December 7, 1976. p. A11.
  3. ^ a b c "North York", Toronto Star, 3 December 1976, A7.
  4. ^ "Voting Results: Scarborough". Toronto Star. December 7, 1976. p. A11.
  5. ^ "Voting Results: York". Toronto Star. December 7, 1976. p. A11.
  6. ^ "Results in Metro's five boroughs". The Globe and Mail. December 7, 1976. p. 4.