Marguerite Ceschi-Smith

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Marguerite Ceschi-Smith
Member of the Brantford City Council for Ward Five
with Wally Lucente (1994–2003), John Starkey (2003–2006), John K. Bradford (2006–2010), and Dave Neumann (since December 1, 2010)
Assumed office
1994
Preceded by Robert E. Smith

Marguerite Ceschi-Smith is a politician in the Canadian province of Ontario. She is a member of the Brantford City Council, where she has served since 1994. She is also an executive member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). She was re-elected to a sixth term on city council in the 2010 municipal election.

Private career[edit]

Ceschi-Smith holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She operates a heritage property management business with her husband and is a professor at Seneca College.[1]

Councillor[edit]

Ceschi-Smith was first elected to the Brantford City Council in the 1994 municipal election, winning the second seat in the city's fifth ward. She was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2010. In every election since 2000, she has placed first in her two-member ward. She considered running for mayor in 2003, but ultimately chose not to do so.[2]

She is best known for her work promoting the municipal reintegration of brownfield space. Ceschi-Smith first became active with this issue in the late 1990s and early 2000s through efforts to restore a derelict unit on Brantford's Mohawk Street.[3] She has since promoted legislative reform at both the provincial and federal levels, seeking to remove what she describes as "legislative, policy and bureaucratic obstacles" that prevent brownfield redevelopment.[4] In 2006, she also began championing the municipal reclamation of greyfield lands.[5] When running for re-election in 2010, Ceschi-Smith said that she wanted to complete the restoration of the Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield and develop a master plan for protecting Brantford's waterfront.[6]

Ceschi-Smith has been active with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for several years. In 2010, she was elected to a tenth term on its board of directors.[7] She has chaired the federation's brownfields committee, and she helped develop a national brownfields strategy through her work on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) Brownfields Taskforce in 2003.[8] In 2007, she was named as the FCM's "eco-councillor" of the year.[9]

Ceschi-Smith was elected as chair of Brantford's corporate services committee in 2005.[10] She has also chaired the NW Gateway Committee and the Brantford Waterfront Master Plan Taskforce.[11] In 2011, she introduced a motion calling for Brantford to rejoin the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) after a one-year absence.[12]

In 2000, Ceschi-Smith opposed plans by Mike Harris's provincial government to introduce private prisons in Ontario.[13] In 2003, she attended the nineteenth United Nations-Habitat Congress in Nairobi, Kenya.[14]

Federal politics[edit]

Ceschi-Smith sought the Liberal Party nomination for Brant in the buildup to the 2004 federal election. She lost on the third ballot count to Lloyd St. Amand.[15]

Electoral record[edit]

2010 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Five (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Marguerite Ceschi-Smith 2,345 32.11
Dave Neumann 1,206 16.52
Dwight A. Ayerhart 1,102 15.09
(x)John K. Bradford 867 11.87
Tim Philp 765 10.48
Stephen C. Morris 599 8.20
Chris Markell 311 4.26
Donald R. Haddow 107 1.47
Total valid votes 7,302 100

See the 2010 Brantford election page for information on the defeated candidates.


2006 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Five (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Marguerite Ceschi-Smith 3,317 40.80
John K. Bradford 2,148 26.42
Dwight A. Ayerhart 1,602 19.71
Adam King 774 9.52
Russell H. Skelton 159 1.96
Duane Leeallen 129 1.59
Total valid votes 8,129 100

See the 2006 Brantford election page for information on Skelton and Leeallen.


2003 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Five (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Marguerite Ceschi-Smith 2,753 40.98
John Starkey 1,321 19.66
(x)Wally Lucente 1,135 16.89
Dwight A. Ayerhart 868 12.92
Skip Pennell 345 5.14
Mike Clancy 245 3.65
Russell Skelton 51 0.76
Total valid votes 6,718 100

See the 2003 Brantford election page for information on Lucente and Pennell.


2000 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Five (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Marguerite Ceschi-Smith 2,792 36.25
(x)Wally Lucente 2,395 31.10
Tim Philp 1,816 23.58
Shawn MacKeigan 699 9.08
Total valid votes 7,702 100

See the 2000 Brantford election page for information on MacKeigan.


1997 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Five (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Wally Lucente 2,466 33.65
(x)Marguerite Ceschi-Smith 2,168 29.58
George W. Karmiris 1,179 16.09
Dale Renout 806 11.00
Robert Corby 366 4.99
Ron Rattie 344 4.69
Total valid votes 7,329 100

See the 1997 Brantford election page for information on Karmiris, Corby, and Rattie.


1994 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Five (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Wally Lucente 2,527 36.14
Marguerite Ceschi-Smith 2,096 29.97
(x)Robert E. Smith 2,006 28.69
Russell Skelton 364 5.21
Total valid votes 6,993 100

See the 1994 Brantford election page for information on Smith.

Sources: Brantford Expositor, 15 November 1994, p. 7; "City Council," Brantford Expositor, 8 November 2000, D4; Ross Marowits, "Friel rides happiness," Brantford Expositor, 14 November 2000, A3; Vincent Ball, "Council table shake up: Four new faces elected by Brantford voters wanting change," Brantford Expositor, 11 November 2003, A3; Official results (2006): City of Brantford, and Official results (2010), City of Brantford.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marguerite Ceschi-Smith: Ward 5 Councillor, City of Brantford, accessed 1 November 2010; Source Protection Committee - SPC Members, Source Protection Committee, 1 November 2010.
  2. ^ Michael-Allan Marion, "Councillor won't seek mayor's job," Brantford Expositor, 9 September 2003, A3.
  3. ^ "Brantford gets nod to inspect two derelict sites," Brantford Expositor, 1 March 2001, A12; Margaret Mironowicz, "Brantford fund aims to clean industrial sites," Brantford Expositor, 1 May 2001, A11.
  4. ^ Michael-Allan Marion, "Councillor lobbies Tory ministers on brownfields," Brantford Expositor, 22 August 2001, A3; Michael-Allan Marion, "City wants Ottawa to 'wake up' and deal with brownfields issue," Brantford Expositor, 1 March 2002, A4; Michael-Allan Marion, "City presses province on brownfield issue," Brantford Expositor, 19 November 2002, A7; Marguerite Ceschi-Smith: Ward 5 Councillor, City of Brantford, accessed 1 November 2010.
  5. ^ Michael-Allan Marion, "'Greyfield' debate continues," Brantford Expositor, 15 April 2006, A5.
  6. ^ Sean Allen, "Brantford's challenging Ward 5," Brant News, 15 April 2010, accessed 1 November 2010.
  7. ^ Michael-Allan Marion, "Ceschi-Smith re-elected to FCM board," Brantford Expositor, 2009, accessed 1 November 2010; National Board of Directors, 2010-11, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, accessed 1 November 2010.
  8. ^ Michael-Allan Marion, "City councillor to help lead national brownfields crusade," Brantford Expositor, 7 March 2002, A4; Marguerite Ceschi-Smith: Ward 5 Councillor, City of Brantford, accessed 1 November 2010.
  9. ^ Source Protection Committee - SPC Members, Source Protection Committee, 1 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Ceschi-Smith to head committee," Brantford Expositor, 19 December 2005, A4.
  11. ^ Michael-Allan Marion, "Council OKs new brownfield strategy," Brantford Expositor, 24 December 2002, p. 7; Tim Philp, "No plot against Ceschi-Smith Coun.", Brantford Expositor, 2008, accessed 1 November 2010.
  12. ^ Sean Allen, "Brantford reconsiders AMO", Brant News, 18 January 2011, accessed 28 January 2011.
  13. ^ Ross Marowits, "Concerns raised over privatization of Ontario jails," Brantford Expositor, 31 March 2000, A7.
  14. ^ Marguerite Ceschi-Smith, "Worldwide urban growth brings many problems," Brantford Expositor, 3 July 2003, A6.
  15. ^ Michael-Allan Marion, "St. Amand gets nod: More than 1,400 attend meeting," Brantford Expositor, 1 April 2004, A1.