Denzil Minnan-Wong

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Denzil Minnan-Wong
Denzil Minnan-Wong speaks to reporters.jpg
12th Deputy Mayor of Toronto
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Norm Kelly
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 34) Don Valley East
Assumed office
December 1, 2000
Preceded by Ward Created
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 11) Don Parkway
In office
January 1, 1998 – December 1, 2000
Preceded by Ward Created
Succeeded by Ward Abolished
Chair of the North York Community Council
In office
January 1, 2004 – May 21, 2005
Preceded by Giorgio Mammoliti
Succeeded by Maria Augimeri
Personal details
Born 1963/1964 (age 51–52)
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Colleen
Children 2
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Lawyer

Denzil Minnan-Wong (born c. 1963)[1] is a Toronto city councillor representing one of the two Don Valley East wards, Toronto City Council Ward 34. As of 2014, he is the Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, a Member of the Executive Committee and Employee and Labour Relations Committee for the city of Toronto.


Minnan-Wong is the son of Denzil Minnan-Wong, Sr., a Chinese immigrant who became a prominent member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. His father died in 1988 at age 53. He was educated at Osgoode Hall Law School and became a lawyer specializing in immigration issues. He lives in Toronto with his wife Colleen and daughter Sally.


In 1994 North York councillor Barry Burton died of cancer and the North York city council appointed Minnan-Wong as interim councillor. Later that year he was elected to the position in the municipal election. In 1997 he was elected to the city council of the new amalgamated city of Toronto.

As the Chair of Public Works, he led the initiative to contract out garbage in 2011. He is also spearheading the development of the first separated bike network in Toronto, while voting for the removal of 3 bike lanes.[2]

He was one of five Councillors removed from the TTC board by council in March 2012.[3]

Minnan-Wong was named Deputy Mayor of Toronto by John Tory on December 1, 2014.[4] Minnan-Wong was accused of "poisoning" the relations between Toronto Civic Employees Union and the Toronto government after supporting Tory's position to privatize the city's garbage collection. [5]

Election results[edit]

2014 Toronto election, Ward 34[6]
Candidate Votes  %
Denzil Minnan-Wong 9,761 53%
Mary Hynes 5,953 32%
Douglas Owen 1,171 6%
Faisal Boodhwani 705 4%
Amer Karaman 486 3%
Alan Selby 453 2%
Total 18,529 100%

2010 Toronto election, Ward 34[7]
Candidate Votes  %
Denzil Minnan-Wong 8,743 53.42%
Peter Youngren 6,484 39.63%
Stephan Stewart 1,140 6.96%
Total 16,367 100%


  1. ^ Lu, Vanessa (June 15, 2009). "City hall's car guy learns to ride". Toronto Star. 
  2. ^ "Bikeway Network - 2011 Update". City of Toronto. July 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Eglinton LRT first up at new TTC board". Toronto Star. March 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "John Tory picks next Toronto deputy mayor, executive committee". Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Will John Tory follow Rob Ford's lead in upcoming labour talks?". Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "City of Toronto Election Results, Councillor: Ward 34". CBC News. October 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "City of Toronto Election Results, Councillor: Ward 34". City of Toronto. October 26, 2010. 

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