Paul Ainslie

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Paul Ainslie
Councillor Paul Ainslie at a community meeting.jpg
Paul Ainslie just before he speaks at community meeting.
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 43) Scarborough East
Assumed office
December 1, 2006
Preceded by David Soknacki
Chair of the Scarborough Community Council
In office
December 1, 2010 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Michael Del Grande
Succeeded by Michelle Berardinetti
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 41) Scarborough-Rouge River (interim)
In office
February 1, 2006 – November 30, 2006
Preceded by Bas Balkissoon
Succeeded by Chin Lee
Personal details
Born (1967-02-04) February 4, 1967 (age 50)
Scarborough, Ontario
Spouse(s) Janet Ainslie
Children 3
Occupation Public administrator

Paul Ainslie (born February 4, 1967) is a city councillor in Toronto, Canada. In 2006, he was appointed as an interim councillor in ward 41, and was then elected as the councillor for Ward 43 in Scarborough East.

On February 1, 2006, City Council appointed Ainslie to fill the vacancy in Ward 41 that was created when Bas Balkissoon was elected in a provincial by-election in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River.[1]

A condition of the appointment was that he would not run as a candidate in the 2006 election. However, when councillor David Soknacki announced his intention not to run in Ward 43, Ainslie put his name forward as a candidate to replace him. Ainslie used to be an executive assistant to Soknacki. Soknacki supported Ainslie's candidacy.[citation needed]

During the election campaign in 2006, a video surfaced which showed Ainslie promising to Toronto City Council not to run. "I will not run in Ward 41, or any other ward in the city."[2] His campaign literature urged voters to "return" him to city hall. He said that his campaign team suggested using the word "re-elect". Ainslie said, "I didn't think it was proper."[3] Despite the controversy, he elected in Ward 43.[4]

In April 2007, he determined that it costs $20,000 annually to provide councillors and staff at City Hall offices with free coffee every day. He moved a motion in committee to remove the expense, but it failed to pass.[5][6]

During the Rob Ford drug allegation scandal, Ainslie was removed as chair from the city's government management committee and appointed as chair of the parks and environment committee.[7] On October 11, 2013 he resigned from the mayor's executive committee and his role as chair of the parks and environment committee over differences with Ford's longterm strategic direction for the city.[8]

On May 3, 2013, Ainslie was stopped by a RIDE check on Kingston Road and was given a three-day licence suspension.[9][10][11]

Election results[edit]

2014 Toronto election, Ward 43[12]
Candidate Votes  %
Paul Ainslie 12,358 74.3%
Harris Mark 1,750 10.5%
Colterman Jason 1,437 8.6%
Bartley Alonzo 799 4.8%
Kodanipork Andi 283 1.7%
Total 16,627 100%
2010 Toronto election, Ward 43[13]
Candidate Votes  %
Paul Ainslie 9,334 60.6%
John Laforet 4,440 28.8%
Bhaskar Sharma 758 4.9%
Benjamin Mbaegbu 489 3.18%
Samuel Getachew 392 2.5%
Total 15,413 100%
2006 Toronto election, Ward 43[4]
Candidate Votes  %
Paul Ainslie 4,677 38.7%
Jim Robb 3,388 28.1%
Abdul Patel 1,738 14.4%
John Laforet 933 7.7%
Mujeeb Khan 495 4.1%
Glenn Kitchen 495 4.1%
Amarjeet Chhabra 351 2.9%
Total 12,077 100%


  1. ^ "City Council appointments made for Wards 20 and 41". City of Toronto. February 1, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Gray, Jeff (October 4, 2006). "Councillor's stand-in breaks promise not to run for office". The Globe and Mail. p. A12. 
  3. ^ "Flyer raises eyebrows". Toronto Star. September 28, 2006. p. R2. 
  4. ^ a b "Poll by Poll Results for Ward 43" (PDF). City of Toronto. pp. 147–149. 
  5. ^ "Budget allow for free coffee for councillors". East York Mirror. Inside Toronto. April 4, 2007. 
  6. ^ "You could call it a brew ha ha at City Hall". Toronto Star. April 5, 2007. 
  7. ^ Church, Elizabeth; Dhillon, Sunny (Jun 10, 2013). "Councillor critical of Rob Ford over drug allegations is off executive committee". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 
  8. ^ "Paul Ainslie quits Rob Ford's executive committee". CBC News. Oct 11, 2013. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Armstrong, James (May 23, 2013). "Paul Ainslie admits to 3-day licence suspension". Global News. 
  11. ^ "Coun. Paul Ainslie was issued roadside suspension". CBC News. May 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Councillor Ward 43". City of Toronto Elections. October 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Councillor Ward 43". City of Toronto elections. October 26, 2010. 

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