|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 17) Davenport|
December 1, 2003 – December 1, 2018
|Preceded by||Betty Disero|
|Succeeded by||Ana Bailão|
|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 21) Davenport|
March 1, 2000 – December 1, 2000
|Preceded by||Dennis Fotinos|
|Succeeded by||Ward Abolished|
Cesar Palacio (listen) is a Canadian politician. He was the Toronto city councillor for Ward 17 Davenport during the years 2003-2018. He was the first Hispanic person to be elected to Toronto's City Council.
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 the 2003 Toronto election he ran to succeed Disero and won. He also won subsequent re-election in the 2006 Toronto election. He is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He is a cousin of the former President of Ecuador, Alfredo Palacio.
In the 2010 Toronto election, Palacio won re-election over six other candidates: Brian Bragason, Tony Letra, Maria Marques, Kar Rasaiah, Jonah Schein, and Ben Stirpe. He was one of five Councillors removed from the TTC board by council in March 2012 as a result of voting to terminate the services of the TTC General Manager Gary Webster.
Changes to the City of Toronto ward boundaries imposed by the Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford resulted in the disappearance of former Ward 17 Davenport in the 2018 municipal election. Palacio initially announced he would run for re-election in the new larger Ward 9 Davenport in the 2018 Toronto electionbut ultimately withdrew his candidacy.
|2014 Toronto election, Ward 17|
|2010 Toronto election, Ward 17|
|2006 Toronto election, Ward 17|
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- Cesar Palacio biography on the Toronto Star's website
- City of Toronto elections page Archived October 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006 Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine