Frank Faubert

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Frank J. Faubert
Toronto City Councillor
In office
January 1, 1998 – June 20, 1999
Preceded by New ward
Succeeded by David Soknacki
Constituency Ward 16 - Scarborough Highland Creek
7th Mayor of Scarborough, Ontario
In office
1994–1997
Preceded by Joyce Trimmer
Succeeded by position abolished
Ontario MPP
In office
1987–1990
Preceded by David Warner
Succeeded by David Warner
Constituency Scarborough—Ellesmere
Scarborough Councillor
In office
1969–1987
Personal details
Born (1931-04-25)April 25, 1931
Scarborough, Ontario
Died June 20, 1999(1999-06-20) (aged 68)
Scarborough, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Marilyn Faubert (m. 1956)
Children 5
Occupation Communications consultant

Frank J. Faubert (April 25, 1931 – June 20, 1999) was a Canadian provincial and municipal politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Liberal from 1987 to 1990, and was the final Mayor of Scarborough before its amalgamation into the City of Toronto.

Background[edit]

Faubert was born in Scarborough, Ontario. He graduated from Scarborough Collegiate (now known as R. H. King Academy) and was later educated at the Ontario College of Art, receiving a degree in Fine Arts and Commercial Design. He worked as a communications consultant in private life. Faubert was also a member of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the Knights of Malta (becoming a Knight of Grace in 1981) and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He married Marilyn Porter in 1956. They had five children - Marc, Judi, Jean-Paul, Denine and Michael.

Faubert was a supporter of the Rouge Park and was a founding member of the Rouge Park Alliance. He actively raised funds to support and protect the park.[1]

Politics[edit]

He was an alderman and city controller in Scarborough for seventeen years before his election to the provincial assembly, and also served on Metropolitan Toronto Council and was an executive member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Faubert worked as Robert Stanbury's executive assistant while Stanbury was Minister of Communications.

He ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1971 provincial election, in the constituency of Scarborough West. He finished third, well behind Ontario New Democratic Party leader Stephen Lewis.[2] He ran again in the 1987 election, and defeated NDP incumbent David Warner by 481 votes in the constituency of Scarborough—Ellesmere.[3] For the next three years, Faubert served as a backbench supporter of David Peterson's Liberal government. He served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Revenue from 1988 to 1989.

The Liberals lost the 1990 election to the NDP, and Faubert lost his seat to David Warner by over 4,500 votes.[4]

He was elected as Mayor of Scarborough in 1994, succeeding Joyce Trimmer, who had retired, defeating future Progressive Conservative parliamentarian Marilyn Mushinski. In this capacity, he led a public campaign against the 1997 amalgamation of Toronto. When amalgamation became a reality and the City of Scarborough disappeared from the map, Faubert ran for and was elected to the new Toronto municipal council from a Scarborough ward. He also supported Barbara Hall's unsuccessful mayoral campaign in the 1997 Toronto election.

Death and legacy[edit]

Faubert died in office in 1999. Frank Faubert Wood Lot on the south east side of Borough Drive was named in his honour, as was Frank Faubert Drive, a residential street just east of the Port Union Road/Lawrence Avenue East intersection in the Rouge Hill neighbourhood of Toronto.

The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) now offers two scholarships in honour of Faubert. The Frank Faubert Scholarship in International Development Studies is awarded to students enrolled in the co-operative program in International Development. The Scarborough Frank Faubert Scholarships in Management is awarded to students enrolled in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of management studies. The scholarship is open to applicants from any secondary school in the former city of Scarborough and is based on financial need.[5][6]

The city of Toronto honoured him by creating the Frank Faubert Memorial Award for the Scarborough Arts Council’s annual art show.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recognizing individuals who have supported the Rouge Park". Rouge Park Alliance. 2006. 
  2. ^ "Riding-by-riding returns in provincial election". The Globe and Mail. October 23, 1971. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  4. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  5. ^ "In-course Scholarships and Awards". University of Toronto Scarborough. 2016. 
  6. ^ "2008 Academic Awards" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-21. 
  7. ^ "City Council meeting of July 27, 28 and 29, 1999". City of Toronto. Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. 

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