Dan Leckie

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Dan Leckie
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 5
In office
Preceded byLiz Amer
Succeeded bywards reorganized following Municipal amalgamation of Toronto
Personal details
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
DiedMay 30, 1998
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dan Leckie (1949 – May 30, 1998) was a Canadian politician, who served on Toronto City Council from 1994 to 1997.[1]

Born in Sarnia, Ontario, he studied political science at the University of Toronto.[1] After graduating, he ran for a seat on the Toronto District School Board in the 1972 election, winning the seat and serving on that body until 1978.[1] He was chair of the board in the final year of his term.[2]

He then served as a policy advisor in the office of mayor John Sewell.[1] After Sewell's defeat in the 1980 election, Leckie ran as an Ontario New Democratic Party candidate for St. George in the 1981 provincial election,[3] but lost to Susan Fish of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

He then worked in the offices of MP Dan Heap from 1981 to 1986,[4] and city councillor Jack Layton from 1986 to 1991.[5] In the 1991 municipal election, he was campaign manager for Layton's unsuccessful run for Mayor of Toronto.[6]

When Heap announced in 1991 that he would not run for reelection in the 1993 election, Leckie was considered a possible new NDP candidate for his seat in Trinity—Spadina.[7] He did not run, but was instead campaign manager for Winnie Ng.[8]

Leckie ran for the Ward 5 seat on Toronto City Council in the 1994 municipal election.[9] Early in his term, he faced criticism from budget chief Tom Jakobek when he used a $10,000 surplus from the office budget of his predecessor Liz Amer to hire temporary staff for his office in the first month of his term;[10] although this use of the funds was entirely legal according to the city budget rules, Jakobek called the expense unfair because not all new councillors had similar budget surpluses available to them, and vowed to change the budget allocation rules to prevent such spending in the future.[10]

While serving on council, Leckie championed environmental initiatives,[11] opposed the expansion of the Toronto Island Airport,[12] supported proposals to replace the Gardiner Expressway with a tunnel to enable redevelopment of Toronto's waterfront,[13] and was an active opponent of the municipal amalgamation of Toronto proposal in 1997.[14]

Following the municipal amalgamation, Leckie did not run for reelection to the new "megacity" council in the 1997 municipal election, instead taking a position as chair of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.[15] On May 25, 1998, he suffered an aneurysm and collapsed,[16] and remained in hospital until his death on May 30.[1]

In 2002, Toronto City Council passed a motion formally renaming part of Portland Street (from Queen's Wharf Road to Queen's Quay) in the city as Dan Leckie Way.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Former councillor Dan Leckie a man of vision". Toronto Star, May 31, 1998.
  2. ^ "Metro trustees pass $786 million budget School boards butt heads over refusal of $800,000". The Globe and Mail, March 15, 1978.
  3. ^ "Party lines in St. George vanish, candidates rush to fill vacuum". The Globe and Mail, March 10, 1981.
  4. ^ "Job creation plan consolidation creates confusion, MP charges"]. The Globe and Mail, January 30, 1994.
  5. ^ "Hospitals in a fight for funds". Toronto Star, March 27, 1987.
  6. ^ "Rowlands has power on her team while Layton relies on experience". Toronto Star, November 8, 1991.
  7. ^ "MP Heap decides not to run again in next election". Toronto Star, December 14, 1991.
  8. ^ "Ng a lifebuoy for sinking party". The Globe and Mail, September 25, 1993.
  9. ^ "Tight fights brewing in Toronto ward races". Toronto Star, September 26, 1994.
  10. ^ a b "Rookie's use of surplus budget cash `outrageous': Jakobek vows to change system before next vote". Toronto Star, March 3, 1995.
  11. ^ "Toronto allots $100,000 for Honduras trees". Toronto Star, November 15, 1995.
  12. ^ "Only one way to go on Island airport". Toronto Star, October 16, 1995.
  13. ^ "Tolls may present a way to bury the Gardiner". Toronto Star, July 21, 1996.
  14. ^ "Megacity foes go door-to-door: Residents fight Tory plan to `gut this city'". Toronto Star, February 10, 1997.
  15. ^ "Canada's commitment on climate change: Cities reduce greenhouse-gas emissions with simple initiatives and no economic sacrifice". Montreal Gazette, April 18, 1998.
  16. ^ "Former Toronto politician falls ill". Toronto Star, May 27, 1998.
  17. ^ "Dan Leckie Way Dedication". Pedal, November 1, 2002.