Martin Silva

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Martin Silva
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 4
In office
Succeeded by ward renamed
Toronto City Councillor for Trinity—Spadina
In office
Preceded by Olivia Chow
Succeeded by Adam Vaughan
Personal details
Born September 4, 1952
Sever do Vouga, Aveiro, Portugal
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Occupation broadcaster
Religion Atheist

Martin Silva (born September 4, 1952) was a politician and continues to be a radio personality in Toronto, Ontario.


Born in Sever do Vouga, Aveiro, Portugal, he emigrated to Canada in August 1968, where he gained popularity in the Portuguese community as a radio announcer on CHIN Radio. In 1973 he hosted a Portuguese language morning show called Ecos de Portugal and continued with Wake Up Portuguese Style in 1982.

He was elected to the Toronto City Council in 1988 as Ward 4 councillor. A member of the New Democratic Party's Toronto caucus, he was re-elected in 1991 and 1994. Silva was the Ontario New Democratic Party's candidate in Parkdale in the 1995 provincial election but was defeated by incumbent Liberal MPP Tony Ruprecht.

He wasn't re-elected in the 1997 municipal election, when he came third after Joe Pantalone and Mario Silva in a newly formed ward. There appeared to be some confusion amongst voters as he shared the same last name with Mario Silva.

After the election he served as a union representative for the Hotel Employees, Restaurant Employees Union (HERE), Local 75 and then returned to CHIN Radio in late 2001.

On February 1, 2006, Toronto City Council appointed Silva to fill the vacancy in Ward 20[1] that was created when Olivia Chow decided to run in the federal riding of Trinity-Spadina. Silva served as councillor until the 2006 municipal election in November 2006. A condition of the appointment was that he wasn't allowed to run as a candidate in that election.

His vocation for radio came early. [2] and he continues at CHIN Radio, now in the position of Account Executivee.