Martin Dobkin

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Martin Dobkin
In office
Preceded by Chic Murray
Succeeded by Ron Searle
Personal details
Born (1942-05-08) May 8, 1942 (age 74)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s) Michele Dobkin (m. 1968)
Children 3
Profession Medical Doctor

Martin Lyon Dobkin (born May 8, 1942) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was elected on October 1, 1973 as the first Mayor of the new City of Mississauga, Ontario and served as Mayor from 1973 to 1976. He was the inaugural mayor of the newly amalgamated City of Mississauga, which had combined the former Towns of Mississauga, Port Credit and Streetsville. He lost re-election just three years later. He was originally trained as a medical doctor and he continued his practice during the time he was mayor. He continues to work as a doctor although a car accident in 2003 reduced his activities.[1]

On June 14, 1992, in honour of Dr. Dobkin's service to the City of Mississauga, a large 30 acre park with multiple facilities, was officially opened and was named the Dr. Martin L. Dobkin Community Park. The park is located in central Mississauga.


Dobkin was born in Toronto, Ontario on May 8, 1942 to Irving and Mary (née Gorlitsky) Dobkin, immigrants from Russia.[1] In 1955, at the age of 13 years, he moved to Cobourg, Ontario with his family. He attended Cobourg and District Collegiate Institute. He grauduated from Queen's University Medical School in 1966. This was followed by an internship at Montreal General Hospital and then a one-year residency in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.[citation needed]

In 1968 he married Michele Bitton[citation needed] and they had 3 children - Edward, Caroline and Alain. Also in 1968 he began his medical practice as a family physician in Mississauga.[1] and became a member of the active staff at the Mississauga Hospital. In 1970 Dobkin was appointed as coroner in the County of Peel.

Medical career[edit]

In 1968, Dobkin began practising family medicine in Cooksville in the practice of Drs. Ann and J. D. Smith. In 1970, he left this practice and opened up his own office in Applewood Hills. In 1978, he purchased a property at the corner of Hwy. #10 and Central Parkway West and, in conjunction with Dr. K. Malicki, founded the City Centre Family Physician Clinic. The clinic soon grew to seven family physicians, the largest family practice clinic in South Mississauga. In 1992, a new comprehensive medical building was constructed on the site and the practice continued there.

Dobkin worked in the Emergency Department of the Mississauga Hospital (now Trillium Health Centre) on a part-time basis for 20 years. For the first 17 years in practice, he delivered several hundred newborns. He held the position of medical director at the Tyndall Nursing Home from 1976-1984. He served on various committees at the Mississauga Hospital and has been a member of the Department of Family Practice since 1968.


On October 1, 1973, as a political novice, he was elected as the first mayor of the newly created City of Mississauga.[2] At 31 years of age, Dobkin became the youngest person in Canada to be elected mayor of a large city. He served a three-year term as mayor and councillor on the Region of Peel Council.

Dobkin was swept into office as the head of a "reform council" in Mississauga, which included other newcomers such as Mary-Helen Spence, David Culham, Hubert Wolf, Kaye Killaby, and Hazel McCallion.

The term of the first council was very prolific, creative, and productive in its many achievements. The most important of these was the initiation and creation of a new and comprehensive official plan for the new city, which provided the blueprint for the future large-scale development of the city into one of the finest municipalities in Canada.

Numerous properties were purchased to provide the green space and parklands for the new city. These included the acquisitions of the Rattray Marsh, Adamson House, Cawthra Elliott Estate, Jack Darling Park, Morning Dew Park, Cooksville Creek Lands, and the CVCA parkland at the mouth of the Credit River.

Libraries that were built or completed were the Burnhamthorpe, Lorne Park, and the Lakeview branches. As well, the Malton Community Centre and the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre were designed and built.

During Dobkin's era, Mississauga Transit was significantly enlarged, adding a state-of-the-art transit headquarters on Central Parkway West, Canada's first articulated buses, and many other infrastructure projects.

In the 1976 municipal election, Dobkin faced city councillor Ron Searle. Dobkin who was portrayed as the anti-development candidate, was defeated by Searle by about 3,000 votes.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Heritage Profiles - Dobkin, Martin Lyon". Heritage Mississauga. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Urbaniak, Tom (10 December 2009). "The end of the Mississauga monarchy?". Toronto Star. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Platiel, Rudy; Bruner, Arnold (December 7, 1976). "Some upsets, a close votes and a no to regional government". The Globe and Mail. p. 11. 

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