Toronto municipal election, 1974

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The 1974 Toronto municipal election was held on December 2, 1974 in Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mayors, controllers, city councillors and school board trustees were elected in the municipalities of Toronto, York, East York, North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough.

David Crombie was re-elected as Mayor of Toronto, and Mel Lastman was re-elected as Mayor of North York.


Mayoral race[edit]

Incumbent David Crombie was extremely popular after his first term and faced no serious opposition in winning reelection. White supremacist Don Andrews placed second amongst the also-rans. As a result, the municipal law was changed so that the runner-up in the mayoralty contest no longer had the right to succeed to the mayor's chair should the position become vacant between elections.

David Crombie - 100,680
Don Andrews - 5,662
Joan Campana - 3,022
Rosy Sunrise - 2,294
William Harris - 2,262
Glenn Julian - 2,423
Richard Sangers - 1,454
Ronald Rodgers
Rick Peletz - 1,024
Arthur Seligman - 745
Karl von Harten - 624

City council[edit]

Ward boundaries used in the 1974 election

There were few major changes on city council. The reform faction remained the largest group on council, but did have a majority. The conservative Old Guard retained their seats as did the small Crombie-led group of moderates that made up the swing vote on council. Most incumbents were reelected with only a handful of exceptions. After failing to win the mayoralty in 1972 Tony O'Donohue returned to city council and successfully ousted New Democrat Archie Chisholm in Ward 2. In the downtown Ward 6 race anti-Spadina Expressway activist Allan Sparrow ousted long serving Old Guard member William Archer.

The final executive, elected by city council, consisted of two right-of-centre moderates Art Eggleton and David Smith and two moderate reformers Elizabeth Eayrs and Reid Scott. Crombie held the deciding vote between the right- and left-wing duos.

Ward 1 (Swansea and Bloor West Village)
William Boytchuk (incumbent)
Elizabeth Eayrs (incumbent)
Ed Ziemba
Ben Grys
Wally Soia
Ceri Gluszczek
Ed Homonvio
Joe Grabek
Yvette Tessier
Andries Murnieks
Ward 2 (Parkdale and Brockton)
Tony O'Donohue
Ed Negridge (incumbent)
Archie Chisholm (incumbent)
Eleanor Bra
Anne Fritz
Jack Prins
Ward 3 (Davenport and Corso Italia)
Michael Goldrick (incumbent)
Joseph Piccininni (incumbent)
Slough Bolton
Jerry Hall
George Zappa-Hall
Michael Hookway
Manuel Lumbrenes
Ward 4 (Trinity-Bellwoods and Little Italy)
Art Eggleton (incumbent)
George Ben (incumbent)
Joe Pantalone
Frank Latka
Pat Case
Penny Simpson
Bob Smith
Ward 5 (The Annex and Yorkville)
Colin Vaughan (incumbent)
Ying Hope (incumbent)
Erna Kauffman
Manfred Schulzke
David Astle
Judy Lily Lucka
Lazlo Sime
Gary Weagle
Ward 6 (Financial District, Toronto - University of Toronto)
Dan Heap (incumbent)
Allan Sparrow
William Archer (incumbent)
K Dock Yip
John Comos
Arthur Downes
Fred Nelson
Ward 7 (Regent Park and Riverdale)
John Sewell (incumbent)
Janet Howard
Gary Stamm
Andy Marinakis
Peggy Reinhardt
John Bizzell
Stanley Carrier
Kate Alderice
Steve Necheff
Sandra Fox
Armand Siksoe
Ward 8 (Riverdale)
Thomas Clifford (incumbent)
Fred Beavis (incumbent)
Dallard Runge
Steve Martino
Larry Haiven
John Ionarou
John Tsopelas
Alex Lauder
Beatrice Zaverrucha
Chris Greenland
Ward 9 (The Beaches)
Reid Scott (incumbent)
Dorothy Thomas (incumbent)
Joe McNulty
Mary Trew
Brian Dunia
Ward 10 (Rosedale and North Toronto)
William Kilbourn (incumbent)
John Bosley
Kevin Garland
Juanne Hemsol
Michael Grayson
Russell Puskluwez
Horace Brown
John Kelly
Ward 11 (Forest Hill and North Toronto)
David Smith (incumbent)
Anne Johnston (incumbent)
Pauline Shapero
Sydney Zaidi


Ward 9 Alderman Reid Scott resigned upon appointment as provincial judge August 6, 1976. Dorothy Thomas now became sole Alderman and Metro Councillor.

North York[edit]


Mel Lastman is re-elected mayor of the City and serves until 1997.

Board of Control[edit]

Barbara Greene re-elected to Board.

Ward Alderman[edit]

Esther Shiner and Robert Yuill were re-elected aldermen for Wards 2 and 4 respectively.

1974 Toronto municipal election, North York Board of Education, Separate School Representative (Area One)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
Peter Caruso 2,393 38.77
(x)William Higgins 1,919 31.09
Joe Volpe 1,860 30.14
Total valid votes 6,172 100.00
  • Peter Caruso served on the North York Board of Education from 1974 to 1978, and again from 1980 to 1982. He was a business evaluator in private life, and owned Equity Reality Ltd. in the 1980s.[1] He was first elected in 1974, defeating William Higgins to become the Separate School Representative for Area One. Re-elected in 1976, he lost his seat to Leonardo Cianfarani in 1978. He was re-elected for Area Two in 1980. In 1982, Toronto Separate School trustee Antonio Signoroni accused fellow trustee Joseph Marrese of being involved in a conflict-of-interest situation with Caruso. Marrese and Caruso were cousins and shared a business office, and Marrese had previously voted for contracts that went to Caruso's firm. Both Marrese and Caruso acknowledged the contracts, but denied any wrongdoing. Marrese argued that he had never shown preference to Caruso and questioned Signoroni's motives in raising the matter, noting that another of his relatives was challenging Signoroni in the 1982 campaign.[2] Marrese was re-elected, but Caruso lost his seat on the North York board to Maria Augimeri.
  • William Higgins served on the North York Board of Education from 1972 to 1974, as one of the board's first two Separate School Representatives following reforms by the provincial government of Bill Davis. Higgins was 23 years old at the time of his election, and was a high school history teacher in private life.[3] He was also a representative on the Ontario English Teachers' Catholic Association. He defeated Donald Clune to win election in 1972, and was defeated by Peter Caruso in 1974. He later sought election 1976, but finished fourth against Jim Travers in Area Two. In 2000, a retired person named Bill Higgins campaigned unsuccessfully for the Toronto Catholic District School Board's fifth ward. It is assumed that this is the same person.[4]

1974 Toronto municipal election, North York Hydro Commission (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x) John Dunn 29,240 21.14
(x) D'arcy McConvey 22,084 15.96
Carl Anderson 19,965 14.43
Leon Donsky 16,577 11.98
Howard Moscoe 14,575 10.54
Alec Davis 12,091 8.74
Bernard Birman 10,912 7.89
Peter Slattery 5,409 3.91
William Lynch 4,083 2.95
Jack Newton 3,407 2.46
Total valid votes 138,343 100.00

Electors could vote for two candidates.
The percentages are determined in relation to the total number of votes.
There may be a transcription error in the result for Carl Anderson (the last two numbers were partly obscured).

  • Dunn and McConvey ran as a team, and described themselves as "sound administration" candidates. A newspaper advertisement from 1974 lists their accomplishments on the Hydro Commission, and indicated that they did not incur any debt.[5]
  • John Rankin Dunn was a professional engineer, and an employee of Lake Engineering Ltd.[6] He was first elected to the Hydro Commission in 1966, and served until shortly after the 1976 election when, at age sixty, he was appointed to the Ontario Energy Board.[7] Dunn died on June 2, 2000.[8]
  • D'arcy McConvey was a professional engineer, and was the founder and president of the Dalex Corporation.[6] He was first elected to the Hydro Commission in 1969, and served until his defeat at the polls in 1978 at age sixty. Initially an ally of John Rankin Dunn, McConvey campaigned in an alliance with Carl Anderson following Dunn's retirement.[9] He sought re-election in 1980, but was unsuccessful.[10]
  • D. Carl Anderson was a school principal in private life.[11] He was made a fellow of the Ontario Teachers' Federation in 1976, and an Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation in 1987.[12] He first sought election to the North York Hydro Commission in 1974, and finished third. He placed third again in 1976, but was appointed by council to the commission following the election when incumbent commissioner John Dunn resigned to take a position on the Ontario Energy Board.[7] Anderson was re-elected in 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1991 and 1994. He became chairman of the commission in or around 1980, and held the position on-and-off until the 1997, when North York was amalgamated into Toronto and the local hydro commission ceased to exist.[13] He also served as chairman of Ontario's Municipal Electrical Association during the 1980s, and sat on the Board of Directors of the American Public Power Association.[14] He warned of a possible energy shortage in 1989, and recommended the immediate construction of new facilities.[15] In 1994, he helped introduce hydro bill gift certificates for North York residents.[16] Anderson was appointed to the board of Ontario Hydro in June 1995,[11] and to the board of directors of Ontario's newly created Independent Electricity Market Operator in February 1999.[17] He was listed as fifty-seven years old in a 1988 newspaper article.[18]
  • Leon Donsky campaigned for the North York Hydro Board in 1964, 1966, 1969, 1972 and 1974, losing each time. A 1964 newspaper article identifies him as a thirty-four-year-old electrical technology graduate from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.[19]
  • Alex Davis (also called Alec Davis) campaigned for the North York Hydro Board in 1974 and 1976, and ran for the North York Board of education in 1978. A newspaper article from the latter campaign lists him as a forty-nine-year-old telecommunications manager. He supported completion of the Spadina Expressway.[20] He led a sub-committee to draft a smoking control by-law in 1984.[21]
  • Bernard Birman ran for the North York Hydro Board in 1972 and 1974, losing both times.
  • Peter Slattery was a first-time candidate.
  • William (Bill) Lynch campaigned for the North York City Council in 1969, and for the Hydro Council in 1974, 1980 and 1982. He was a member of the Liberal Party, although he campaigned as an independent. A newspaper article from his first campaign lists him as a thirty-eight-year-old car salesman.[22]
  • John (Jack) V. Newton was elected as a North York School Trustee in 1962, and was re-elected in 1964 and 1966 before losing to Margaret Grant in 1969. He supported religious teaching in the public system.[23] He campaigned for the North York City Council in 1972 and the Hydro Commission in 1974, and lost both times. A report from the 1972 election lists him as a metallurgical engineer and sales co-ordinator for the metal industry, and a member of the Progressive Conservative Party.[24] He tried to return to the Board of Education in 1976, and was again defeated.

Results taken from the Toronto Star, 3 December 1974.
The final official results were not significantly different.


In Scarborough, Paul Cosgrove was elected as Mayor of Scarborough.[25]

Paul Cosgrove, 51,120
John McMahon, 6,432
Board of Control
Gus Harris, 37,931
Ken Morrish, 37,277
Brian Harrison, 32,643
Joyce Trimmer, 28,659
Anne Johnston, 20,831
Karl Mallette, 20,430
Ward 1
Bill Belfontaine, 3,983
Wally Malesky, 983
Ward 2
Carol Ruddell, 2,671
Jon Halun, 1,183
Gordon McMillen, 681
Ward 3
Norm Kelly, 2,503
Herb Crosby, 1,770
Jim Cottrell, 978
Kevin Smith, 151
Ward 4
Jack Goodland, 3,483
Ted Littleford, 1,431
Ward 5
Frank Faubert, 3,458
Spurge Near, 1,963
Ward 6
Fred Bland, 2,335
Ross Daswell, 1,437
Michael McPherson, 630
Richard Wells, 413
Ward 7
Ed Fulton (acclaimed)
Ward 8
Shirley Eidt (acclaimed)
Ward 9
Doug Colling, 4,972
Mary Zissoff, 1,139
Ward 10
Ron Watson, 2,915
Clare Mabiev, 2,226
Ward 11
John Wimbs, 1,324
Gary Jackson, 1,263
Bob Watson, 889
Ward 12
Joe Dekort, 779
Ben Loughlin, 391
Larry Calcutt, 363
Gordon Clarke, 328
Jim Bryers, 269
Bill Waters, 229
Sean Regan, 175


  1. ^ Julia Turner, "Get rid of portables, separate school hopefuls say", Globe and Mail, 6 November 1980, P5.
  2. ^ John Spears, "Catholic trustee shrugs off conflict-of-interest claim", Toronto Star, 22 October 1982, A06. Caruso had previously managed Marrese' campaign as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1975 provincial election. See Daniel Stoffman, "Vote-catching machines sputter to a start", Toronto Star, 16 August 1975, B1.
  3. ^ "Metro elections '72", Toronto Star, 1 December 1972, p. 11.
  4. ^ "School Board Trustees", Toronto Star, 9 November 2000, G13.
  5. ^ Advertisement, Toronto Star, 2 December 1972, p. 27; "Without borrowing any money ..." (advertisement), Globe and Mail, 30 November 1974, p. 4.
  6. ^ a b "Claims 2 in Hydro race have interest conflict", Globe and Mail, 24 November 1972, p. 6.
  7. ^ a b "Principal, 45, gets Hydro seat in North York", Globe and Mail, 18 January 1977, p. 4.
  8. ^ "Birth and death notices", Globe and Mail, 5 June 2000, A10.
  9. ^ "For sound administration continue with ..." (advertisement), Globe and Mail, 11 November 1978, p. 11.
  10. ^ "Some hydro candidates take aim at province for continual rate boosts", Globe and Mail, 31 October 1978, p. 3.
  11. ^ a b Alden Baker, "Commissioners challenged in three Metro boroughs", Globe and Mail, 31 October 1978, P3.
  12. ^ "New Ontario Hydro Board Members", Globe and Mail, 20 June 1995, B4.
  13. ^ D. Carl Anderson, Jack B. Bedder, Mayor Mel Lastman, "Hydro supply", Globe and Mail, 22 January 1981, P7; Alden Baker, "Commissioners challenged in three Metro boroughs", Globe and Mail, 31 October 1978, P3.
  14. ^ Royson James, "Hydro commissioners get no respect", Toronto Star, 1 November 1988, N1.
  15. ^ "Electricity shortage a real possibility", Toronto Star, 13 April 1989, A30.
  16. ^ David Israelson, "North York Hydro hopes to spark gifts, donations", Toronto Star, 16 August 1994, B1.
  17. ^ Gay Abbate, "Utility-overseer board named", Globe and Mail, 13 February 1999, A11.
  18. ^ "The candidates", Toronto Star, 10 November 1988, A15.
  19. ^ "North York: Charges everywhere -- and there's a slander suit, besides", Toronto Star, 5 December 1964, 10.
  20. ^ "Metro elections", Toronto Star, 10 November 1978, A19; James Jefferson, "Taxes, performance of aldermen emerge as main issues in close North York fights", Globe and Mail, 11 November 1978, P4.
  21. ^ Warren Potter, "Moscoe says mayor blew facts on smoking", Toronto Star, 20 September 1984, A6.
  22. ^ "29 candidates seek 10 aldermanic seats", Toronto Star, 29 September 1969, 28.
  23. ^ Ross Henderson, "School religion foes win in North York", Toronto Star, 4 December 1962, 19.
  24. ^ "The candidates", 2 December 1972, 24.
  25. ^ "Election '74: Voting results". Toronto Star. December 3, 1974. p. A11.