Cesar Palacio

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Cesar Palacio
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 17) Davenport
Assumed office
December 1, 2003
Preceded by Betty Disero
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 21) Davenport
In office
March 1, 2000 – December 1, 2000
Preceded by Dennis Fotinos
Succeeded by Ward Abolished
Personal details
Born Ecuador
Occupation Public Administrator

Cesar Palacio (About this sound listen) is a Toronto city councillor for Ward 17 Davenport (representing one of the two Davenport wards). He is the first Hispanic person to be elected to Toronto's City Council.[1]


Born in Ecuador he followed his father to Toronto in 1972. Working several blue-collar jobs he first became involved in politics as a volunteer with local MP Charles Caccia. In 1985 he was hired the executive assistant to Councillor Betty Disero and he remained in the office for several years. For a few months in 2000 he was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Dennis Fotinos, but the appointment was conditional on him not running in the subsequent election. In 2003 he ran to succeed Disero and won. He also won subsequent re-election in 2006. He is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He is a cousin of the former President of Ecuador, Alfredo Palacio.

In the 2010 municipal election, Palacio won re-election over six other candidates: Brian Bragason, Tony Letra, Maria Marques, Kar Rasaiah, Jonah Schein, and Ben Stirpe.

Cesar was one of five Councillors removed from the TTC board by council in March 2012.[2]

On June 11, 2015 Palacio supported the Hybrid option for the Gardiner Expressway [3]

Election results[edit]

2014 Toronto election, Ward 17
Candidate Votes %
Cesar Palacio 8,293 46.24%
Alejandra Bravo 7,840 43.71%
Saeed Selvam 1,404 7.83%
George Stevens 398 2.22%
Total 17,935 100%
2010 Toronto election, Ward 17[4]
Candidate Votes %
Cesar Palacio 6,154 42.8
Jonah Schein 4,827 33.6
Tony Letra 2,035 14.2
Ben Stirpe 751 5.2
Maria Marques 388 2.7
Brian Bragason 125 0.9
Kar Rasaiah 94 0.7
Total 14,374 100
2006 Toronto election, Ward 17[5]
Candidate Votes %
Cesar Palacio 4,827 42.3
Alejandra Bravo 4,546 39.8
Fred Dominelli 1,491 13.1
Cinzia Scalabrini 211 1.9
David Faria 206 1.8
Gustavo Valdez 77 0.7
Wilson Basantes Espinoza 50 0.4


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