Doug Holyday

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Doug Holyday
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament for Etobicoke—Lakeshore
In office
September 9, 2013 – June 23, 2014
Preceded byLaurel Broten
Succeeded byPeter Milczyn
10th Deputy Mayor of Toronto
In office
December 1, 2010 – August 21, 2013
Preceded byJoe Pantalone
Succeeded byNorm Kelly
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 3 (Etobicoke Centre)
In office
December 1, 2000 – August 21, 2013
Preceded byNew Ward
Succeeded byPeter Leon
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 4 (Markland Centennial)
In office
January 1, 1998 – December 1, 2000
Preceded byNew Ward
Succeeded byWard Abolished
Mayor of Etobicoke
In office
December 1, 1994 – January 1, 1998
Preceded byBruce Sinclair
Succeeded byCity Amalgamated
Chair of the Audit Committee
In office
June 27, 2005 – August 21, 2013
Preceded byBas Balkissoon
Succeeded byTo Be Determined
Personal details
Douglas Charles Holyday

1942 (age 76–77)[1]
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ChildrenStephen Holyday
David Holyday[2]

Douglas Charles Holyday (born 1942) is a Canadian politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario before being defeated by Peter Milczyn in the Ontario general election of 2014.

Prior to his election to the legislature, Holyday was a longtime Toronto City Councillor and deputy mayor, representing Ward 3 in Etobicoke Centre, and was the last mayor of the suburban city of Etobicoke prior to the municipal amalgamation of Toronto.

Political career[edit]

Holyday was first elected to Etobicoke City Council as an alderman in 1982. He was defeated in his bid for the Etobicoke Board of Control in the 1985 municipal election but returned as an Etobicoke city councillor, representing Ward 6, from, 1988 until 1994 when he was elected Mayor. He also served as a member of the Metropolitan Toronto Council from 1994 until 1997.

He was the last mayor of the former city of Etobicoke, defeating incumbent Bruce Sinclair in the 1994 municipal election. After a garbage strike in 1995, Holyday and Etobicoke council tendered the garbage collection contract, and inviting CUPE and private operations to bid. Holyday noted that "[CUPE's] price was nowhere near what the private sector offered us", and noted that the contractor did the job with 35 employees as opposed to the previous 71. The move saved Etobicoke $1 million annual at the time, with city officials estimating it at $2 million in 2009, plus private contractors had to post a performance bond and commit to a wage rate for the duration of a five-year contract, which protected the city from a strike. In 1996, Etobicoke also bought out its employees' accumulated sick plan, with new employees not eligible for sick day accumulation.[3][4]

Etobicoke was the only area in Toronto not affected by the 2009 garbage strike, with the sick day accumulation plan being one of the unresolved issues between the city and CUPE. Holyday also pointed out that 90 per cent of Canadian municipalities contract out garbage collection, with Oshawa being the only GTA municipality where garbage pickup is done by the city.[3][4]

Etobicoke was amalgamated into Toronto with the 1997 election. With the position of Mayor of Etobicoke abolished, Holyday ran and was elected to the new Toronto City Council representing Ward 4 (Markland Centennial). With redistribution, Holyday was elected to the new Ward 3 in 1999 which he continued to represent until stepping down from council in 2013

One of Toronto council's staunchest conservatives, he is noted for his fiscal conservatism and tendency to oppose public spending measures. For example, in 2008 Holyday proposed that taxpayers' money could be saved if Toronto city councillors reduced their office expenses, kept better track of business mileage, adopted more frugal newsletters, stopped donating to community groups and sports teams in their wards, and had to justify restaurant meals.[5] In addition to his fiscal conservatism, Holyday has also supported conservative policies in other fields. For example, he opposed banning gun clubs in Toronto, as well as a decision by council to ban the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show from the CNE (council later reversed its decision). He has proposed removing the homeless from Nathan Phillips Square, and was the only member of council not to vote for a resolution describing homelessness as a national disaster. He once criticized plans to close certain streets in downtown Toronto for a "car-free day", saying that that would have a negative impact on businesses. Holyday also supported reducing the number of councillors, and voted against childcare subsidies. In 2012, Holyday proposed that casino lobbyists be banned from city hall, stating "I think the fairest way to do it is to take that part out of the equation".[6]

Voters gave Holyday a clear majority in the 2003, 2006, and 2010 municipal elections, and no serious opponents came forward to challenge him.

Provincial politics[edit]

In 1987, Holyday ran for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1987 provincial election, but lost to Liberal Linda LeBourdais by over 6,000 votes. He was asked to run for the Tories in the 2003 provincial election, but declined.[citation needed]

In July 2013, Holyday again ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the August 1, 2013 by-election to replace retiring Liberal Laurel Broten in the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore. Although he once argued that councillors who run for higher office should immediately resign from council, he instead elected to take a leave of absence without pay.[7] On election day, he won by a 1,600-vote margin over the Ontario Liberal Party's candidate, fellow councillor Peter Milczyn.[citation needed]

On September 10, 2013 PC Leader Tim Hudak named Holyday as Tory Accountability critic.[8]

He was defeated by Peter Milczyn in the Ontario general election of 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Holyday has lived his entire life in Etobicoke, and was an insurance broker before entering political life. Doug Holyday Received the Key to the City of Toronto on 20 August 2013 from Mayor Rob Ford.[9]

Election results[edit]

2014 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Peter Milczyn 23,950 47.14 +4.84
Progressive Conservative Doug Holyday 17,402 34.25 -12.50
New Democratic P. C. Choo 6,348 12.50 +5.09
Green Angela Salewsky 2,083 4.10 +1.85
Libertarian Mark Wrzesniewski 345 0.68 +0.24
Freedom Jeff Merklinger 298 0.59 +0.46
Socialist Natalie Lochwin 230 0.45  
Ontario Moderate Party Ian Lytvyn 148 0.29  
Total valid votes 50,804 100.0  
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +8.67
Source: Elections Ontario[10]

Ontario provincial by-election, Etobicoke—Lakeshore, August 1, 2013
Resignation of Laurel Broten
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Doug Holyday 16,130 46.64 +17.40
Liberal Peter Milczyn 14,513 41.96 -9.06
New Democratic P.C. Choo 2,705 7.82 -7.63
Green Angela Salewsky 780 2.26 -0.42
Libertarian Hans Kunov 157 0.45 +0.06
Special Needs Dan King 157 0.45 +0.06
People's Kevin Clarke 85 0.25  
Freedom Wayne Simmons 57 0.16 -0.24
Total valid votes 34,584  
Turnout 34,584 38.62
     Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -13.23
2010 Toronto election, Ward 3[11]
Candidate Votes %
Doug Holyday 13,521 71.9
Peter Kudryk 2,684 14.3
Ross Vaughan 1,585 8.4
Roger Deschenes 1,010 5.4
Total 18,800 100
2006 Toronto election, Ward 3[12]
Candidate Votes %
Doug Holyday 9,757 69.8
Peter Kudryk 2,172 15.5
Lillian Lança 1,391 9.9
Ross Vaughan 669 4.8
2003 Toronto election, Ward 3
Candidate Votes %
Doug Holyday 12,207 70.80
Ross Vaughan 2,565 14.87
Maurice Ferraro 1,336 7.74
Amber Saeed 1,133 6.57
2000 Toronto election, Ward 3
Candidate Votes %
Doug Holyday 12,639 83.8
Nicholas Florio 2,491 16.4
1997 Toronto election, Ward 4 (Markland Centennial[11]
Candidate Votes %
Doug Holyday 15,430 31.96
Dick O'Brien 10,410 21.57
Agnes Ugolini Potts 9,650 20.00
Brian Flynn 6,809 14.11
Steve Deighton 3,974 8.23
Helen Bodanis 799 1.65
Mark Stanisz 507 1.10
Daphne Gabriel 413 0.85
Alexander P. Masur 279 0.57
Total 48,271 100
1994 Etobicoke election, Mayor
Candidate Votes %
Doug Holyday 31,045 41.8
Bruce Sinclair (incumbent) 29,687 40.0
Norm Matusiak 10,508 14.1
Tom Hollinshead 1,910 2.5
Herman Jardine 1,146 1.5
1991 Etobicoke election, Ward 6
Candidate Votes %
Doug Holyday acclaimed 100.0
1988 Etobicoke election, Ward 6
Candidate Votes %
Doug Holyday 3,801 54.43
Ron Barr 1,358 19.45
John Woodroof 1,314 19.81
Tom Ferguson 509 7.29
Total 6,982 100
1987 Ontario general election: Etobicoke West
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Linda LeBourdais 15,757 46.90
     Progressive Conservative Doug Holyday 9,664 28.76
New Democratic Phil Jones 5,784 17.21
Family Coalition Judy Johnson 1,890 5.62
Libertarian Robert Dunk 498 1.51
Total valid votes 33,593 100.00
1985 Etobicoke election, Board of Control (4 elected)
Candidate Votes
Dick O'Brien (incumbent) 34,248
Lois Griffin 33,175
Leonard Braithwaite (incumbent) 33,085
Morley Kells 29,817
Chris Stockwell (incumbent) 29,629
Doug Holyday 28,982
James Shawera 5,473


  1. ^ "Biography and Genealogy Master Index". Gale Research Company. 29 June 1998 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Why I'm the best candidate: Doug Holyday".
  3. ^ a b Tamara Shephard. Etobicoke: No garbage woes for city's west end. Toronto Community News. June 23, 2009. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Peter Kuitenbrouwer. Private or public? Guess the winner. National Post. June 24, 2009. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2009-07-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Moloney, Paul (Feb 4, 2008). "Penny-pincher offers plan". Toronto Star.
  6. ^ Peat, Don (May 11, 2012). "Holyday wants council ban on casino lobbyists". Toronto Sun.
  7. ^ Nickle, David (4 July 2013). "Holyday on leave of absence as byelection race begins in Etobicoke-Lakeshore". Etobicoke Guardian.
  8. ^ Hudak promotes Holyday, Fedeli to key critic postsCBC, September 10, 2013.
  9. ^ "Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  10. ^ "General Election Results by District, 024 Etobicoke—Lakeshore". Elections Ontario. 2014. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  11. ^ a b City of Toronto elections page Archived October 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006 Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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