Toronto municipal election, 1994

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The 1994 Toronto municipal election was held in November 1994 to elect councillors in Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and mayors, councillors and school trustees in Toronto, York, East York, North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke.

The election was noted as a defeat for incumbents. Three sitting mayors were defeated: June Rowlands in Toronto, Fergy Brown, in York, and Bruce Sinclair of Etobicoke. On Metro Toronto Council it was a victory for the left as the New Democratic Party (NDP) faction grew from six to nine members.

Metro Council[edit]

The electoral divisions used for Metro in the 1994 election

Ten of Metro Council's 28 members ran unopposed in the election, and they were therefore acclaimed. No incumbents were defeated. The most noted change was the growth of the left wing NDP faction from six to nine. New NDP members were David Miller, Caroline Di Giovanni, and mayor Michael Prue.

High Park
David Miller – 7,950
Andrew Witer – 6,845
Tony Clement – 4,722
Carl Manning – 1,390
Trinity Niagara
Joe Pantalone (incumbent) – acclaimed
Downtown
Olivia Chow (incumbent) – 13,327
Jeffrey Valentine – 5,940
Don River
Jack Layton – 10,117
Paul Raina – 3,927
Nola Crew – 3,898
John Stavropoulos – 2,080
Amber Martin – 546
East Toronto
Paul Christie (incumbent) – 15,437
Karen Buck – 4,156
James Alcock – 1,118
Davenport
Dennis Fotinos – acclaimed
Midtown
Ila Bossons (incumbent) – 10,945
Paul Moscoe – 6,650
Yen Shih – 2,171
North Toronto
Anne Johnston (incumbent) – acclaimed
East York
Case Ootes – 12,511
John Papadakis – 8,631
Steve Hajagos – 1,785
Lakeshore Queensway
Blake Kinahan (incumbent) – 8,699
Jeff Knoll – 8,151
Markland Centennial
Dick O'Brien (incumbent) – acclaimed
Kingsway Humber
Dennis Flynn – acclaimed
Rexdale Thistletown
Lois Griffin (incumbent) – 6,829
John Kiru – 4,738
Patrick T. McCool – 1,575
North York Humber
Judy Sgro – acclaimed
Black Creek
Maria Augimeri (incumbent) – 12,925
Camilo Tiqui – 1,784
North York Spadina
Howard Moscoe (incumbent) – acclaimed
North York Centre South
Bev Salmon (incumbent) – acclaimed
North York Centre
Norman Gardner (incumbent) – acclaimed
Don Parkway
Gordon Chong – 6,870
Darlene Scott – 4,912
Simon Lagopoulos – 3,927
Paul Azzarello – 996
Ed Ball – 736
Seneca Heights
Joan King (incumbent) – 11,290
Mary Fioro – 3,471
Bernadette Michael – 1,310
Scarborough Bluffs
Brian Ashton (incumbent) – 13,191
Randall Bentley – 4,953
Scarborough Wexford
Norm Kelly – 8,486
Michael Thompson – 4,003
Ralph Potter
Scarborough City Centre
Brian Harrison (incumbent) – 13,705
Worrick Russell – 4,966
Scarborough Highland Creek
Ken Morrish (incumbent) – 12,617
John Kruger – 7,116
Scarborough Agincourt
Scott Cavalier (incumbent) – 7,500
Anne McBride – 3,601
Colin Turnpenney – 1,808
Scarborough Malvern
Raymond Cho (incumbent) – 10,272
Diamond Tobin-West – 3,382
Yaqoob Khan – 1,807
York Eglinton
Caroline Di Giovanni – acclaimed
York Humber
Alan Tonks – 13,771
Stuart Weinstein – 4,395

Toronto[edit]

Toronto mayor[edit]

In the City of Toronto itself, the most high-profile race was that for Mayor of Toronto in which incumbent June Rowlands was challenged by city councillor Barbara Hall, the first time a race for mayor saw two female front-runners. Though the candidates were nominally independent, Rowlands was backed by the right-wing consisting of a coalition of right-wing Liberals and Progressive Conservatives (Rowlands herself was a member of the Liberal Party) while Hall was backed by New Democrats, left-wing Liberals, and Red Tories. Hall had been a member of the City NDP caucus on city council and had been an NDP candidate in the 1987 provincial election.

As a consequence of Jack Layton's failure to win the mayoralty as an official NDP candidate in the 1991 election, Hall preferred to run without a party label and included prominent Liberals such as George Smitherman on her campaign team.

Rowlands' tenure as Mayor had resulted in criticism by many of her supporters, particularly those on the right. Her decision to ban the Barenaked Ladies, a rock band, from performing at Nathan Phillips Square because their name might be considered sexist was seen as both pandering to political correctness and evidence that she was out of touch with contemporary culture. Her allegedly slow response to a riot on Yonge Street following the acquittal of the police who beat Rodney King also made her appear "out of touch".

Rowlands's campaign was hurt by the candidacy of Gerry Meinzer, a businessman and political novice who, though he never had the support or organization needed to win, succeeded in taking enough votes from the Rowlands' centre-right coalition to ensure her defeat.


1994 Toronto municipal election, Mayor of Torontoedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
Barbara Hall 70,248 43.05
(x) June Rowlands 58,952 36.13
Gerry Meinzer 20,868 12.79
Jenny Friedland 2,858 1.75
Don Andrews 2,839 1.74
Ben Kerr 1,634 1.00
Lili Weemen 1,296 0.79
Lorna Houston 1,214 0.74
John Steele 1,200 0.74
Sam Bornstein 1,193 0.73
Bob Hyman 857 0.53
Total valid votes 163,159 100.00

Source: Toronto Elections, City of Toronto.

Toronto city council[edit]

Ward boundaries used in the 1994 election
Ward 1 (Swansea and Bloor West Village)[1]
David Hutcheon – 3,963
Al Chumak – 3,182
Nick Trainos – 2,251
Bill Roberts – 1,725
Myron Tymochko – 1,126
Greg Roberts – 168
Ward 2 (Parkdale
Chris Korwin-Kuczynski (incumbent) – 6,738
Steve Magwood – 1,624
Janet Fisher – 1,179
Ward 3 (Brockton)
Mario Silva – 2,976
Tony O'Donohue (incumbent) – 2,961
Fernando Dias Costa – 344
Bob Allisat – 247
Ward 4 (Trinity-Bellwoods and Little Italy)
Martin Silva (incumbent) – 3,881
Nick Figliano – 2,627
Hank Young – 500
Ward 5 (Financial District, TorontoUniversity of Toronto)
Dan Leckie – 4,342
Benson Lau – 3,546
Spiro Karagianis – 629
Ward 6 Downtown East
Kyle Rae (incumbent) – 6,601
Simon de Groot – 4,718
Ward 7 (Regent Park and Cabbagetown)
Pam McConnell – 2,678
Thomas Vegh – 2,528
Mike Armstrong – 1,186
Sarah Hood – 1,033
Brenda Kildey – 185
Ward 8 (Riverdale)
Peter Tabuns (incumbent) – 6,134
Arthur Potts – 4,319
Dan Salapoutis – 1,991
Michael Green – 716
Ward 9 (East Danforth)
Steve Ellis (incumbent) – 5,176
Michael Yorke – 2,673
Terry Brackett – 2,258
Ward 10 (The Beaches)
Tom Jakobek (incumbent) – 9,473
Will Molson – 1,952
Joe Cirone – 407
James Brookman – 259
Ward 11 (The Junction)
Rob Maxwell (incumbent) – 3,015
Antonino Lopes – 2,607
Dale Ritch – 970
John Gairy – 371
Sal David Romano – 244
Ward 12 (Davenport and Corso Italia)
Betty Disero (incumbent) – 6,360
Fred Dominelli – 2,937
Ward 13 (The Annex and Yorkville)
John Adams (incumbent) – 6,841
Paul Boreham – 2,422
Ward 14 (Forest Hill)
Howard Joy – 4,266
Howard Levine (incumbent) – 3,273
Stanley Taube – 2,589
Mona Kornberg – 871
Ron Robins – 200
Ward 15 (Western North Toronto)
Kay Gardner (incumbent) – 9,360
Sylvia Smith – 3,018
Ward 16 (Davisville and Lawrence Park)
Michael Walker (incumbent) – 8,543
Leslie Yager – 4,454

Etobicoke[edit]

Mayor[edit]

Douglas Holyday 31,045
x-Bruce Sinclair 29,687
Norm Matusiak 10,508
Tom Hollinshead 1,910
Herman Jardine 1,146

Council[edit]

Ward 1
Irene Jones 2,383
Bob Gullins 1,947
Dave Sandford 1,306
Ward 2
Peter Milczyn 1,986
Dietmar Lein 1,491
Peter Ramos 670
Richard Ciupa 668
Donald Fraser 317
Bill Denning 288
Bob Currie 266
Jamil Ahmed 216
Jeffrey Weeks 189
Ward 3
Connie Micallef 2,073
Donald C. Kerr 1,582
Mark Elkin 1,541
Larry Faseruk 896
George Barroilhet 278
Ward 4
Michael O'Rourke 5,883
Stephen Boujikian 1,043
Ward 5
Brian Flynn 3,535
Anne Methot 2,531
Bob Hogarth 396
Jarret Florecki 327
John Formanek 234
Ward 6
Agnes Ugolini Potts 3,142
Ann Andrachuk 2,274
Jerry Taciuk 611
Paul Kipin 351
Ward 7
Gloria Luby 5,460
Martin Fraser 1,311
Ward 8
Mario Giansante 2,363
Avie Flaherty 1,961
Ray Morand 1,069
George Suhanic 834
Ken Lopez 466
Phillip Lazzarino 361
John Sumka 341
Ross Norris 336
Ron Pines 292
Darlene Gres 135
Ward 9
Alex Marchetti 2,916
Peter Kell 1,790
Edward M. Chop 569
Gaetano Savaglio 292
Ward 10
Brian Ineson 3,148
Allan Millard 2,607
Ward 11
Elizabeth Brown 1,906
Frank Quinn 1,453
Brian Khan 1,065
Ward 12
John Hastings 1,691
Vincent Crisanti 1,055
Adu K. Boakye 303
Anil Banerjee 275

York[edit]

Mayor[edit]

Council[edit]

Ward 1 – Roz Mendelson 57.5%

Ward 2 – Joe Mihevc 35.4%

Ward 3 – Rob Davis 45.2%

Ward 4 – Joan Roberts 40.3%

Ward 5 – Barry Rowland 44.4%

Ward 6 – Michael McDonald 74.5%

Ward 7 – Randy Leach 30.9%

Ward 8 – Bill Saundercook 2996 61.1% Margo Duncan 1905 38.9%

Metro Councillor Ward 21 – Caroline Di Giovanni (Acclamation)

Metro Councillor Ward 22 Alan Tonks 13759 76.2% Stuart Weinstein 4298 23.8%

School Board Ward 1 Ed Blackstock

School Board Ward 2 Pete Karageorgos

School Board Ward 3 Sam Wales

School Board Ward 4 Elizabeth Hill

School Board Ward 5 Joe Morriello

School Board Ward 6 Bonnie Taylor

School Board Ward 7 Bob Thomson

School Board Ward 8 Carl Miller

East York[edit]

All incumbents running were easily re-elected. Mayor Prue was challenged by former councillor Bob Willis who felt that Prue hadn't done a good job but he came up well short. Case Ootes in Ward 1 ran for a seat on Metro Council allowing Michael Tziretas to win his seat. Paul Robinson, John Antonopolous, and Tim Cholvat were also newcomers.[2]

† denotes incumbent from previous council

Mayor[edit]

  • Michael Prue, 15,620
  • Bob Willis, 6,295
  • Anne Sinclair, 1,403
  • Kevin Clarke, 788
  • June French, 648

Council[edit]

Two councillors elected in each ward.

Ward 1
  • †Norm Crone, 3,036
  • Michael Tziretas, 2,298
  • Chris Perivolaris, 1,429
  • Paul Taylor, 1,686
  • Alex Parucha, 490
Ward 2
  • †George Vasilopoulos, 3,614
  • Paul Robinson, 2,749
  • Jackie Aherne, 1,340
  • Stena Kavanaugh, 735
  • Helen Riley, 707
  • Helen Andreou, 694
  • Gerard Van Deelen, 525
  • Andrew D. Lauder, 326
  • William Richards, 274
  • William D. Taylor, 272
Ward 3
  • †Bob Dale, 2,570
  • John Antonopoulos, 2,298
  • Michael Wyatt, 1,776
  • Tom Mangos, 1,016
  • Frances Green, 565
Ward 4
  • †Lorna Krawchuk, 4,250
  • Tim Cholvat, 2,478
  • Bernard Tanz, 2,411
  • John Parker, 2,289
  • Ian Cameron, 2,185

North York[edit]

Mel Lastman was re-elected mayor of the City. All incumbent councillors were re-elected except Judy Sgro who opted to run for Metro Council instead. Gina Severino replaced her as councillor for Ward 2.[3]

Mayor[edit]

Council[edit]

Ward 1

Ward 2

  • Gina Severino 3,944
  • Jim Dervill 1,709
  • Jim Susini 1,315
  • Fluvio Sansoni 1,250

Ward 3

  • Peter Li Preti 4,662
  • Marcelo Ramirez 655
  • Giacomo del Prete 596
  • Robert Ragazzon 315

Ward 4

Ward 5

  • Mario Rizzo 5,908
  • Linda Mommo 2,978
  • Victoria Colby 741

Ward 6

  • Milton Berger 4,506
  • Dean Corrigan 1,673
  • Albert Pantaleo 1,518

Ward 7

Ward 8

  • Joanne Flint acclaimed

Ward 9

  • Ron Summers acclaimed

Ward 10

  • Don Yuill 5,039
  • Jim Carr 1,965
  • Ralph Myers 1,884

Ward 11

Ward 12

Ward 13

Ward 14

Scarborough[edit]

Mayor[edit]

Councillors[edit]

Ward 1

  • Barron, Harvey 4,915
  • Droege, Wolfgang 802

Ward 2

Ward 3

  • Tzekas, Mike 4,276
  • Wardrope, John 2,547
  • Page, George 1,297

Ward 4

Ward 5

  • Duguid, Brad 2,982
  • Settatree, Bill 1,490
  • Crawford, Paul 1,060
  • Fermanis, Chris 627
  • Walsh, Greg 517
  • Faria, Ana Maria 300

Ward 6

  • Mushinski, Paul 4,218
  • Hughes, Brian 1,700
  • Buhagair, Chris 1,053

Ward 7

  • Johnson, Fred 6,545
  • Green, Ed 1,675

Ward 8

Ward 9

Ward 10

  • Watson, Ron 4,809
  • Persaud, Chandra 1,723

Ward 11

  • Shaw, Sherene 3,197
  • Lombardi, Don 2,272
  • Lee, Chin 1,944

Ward 12

  • Mahood, Doug 4,881
  • Chan, Rosa 1,798
  • Ngan, Peter 692

Ward 13

  • Balkissoon, Bas 5,300
  • Thomas, Michael 953
  • Sapsford, Bruce 774
  • Francois, Sonny 426

Ward 14

  • Montgomery, Edith 5,663
  • Dekort, Joe 2,302

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994 Toronto general election results (former Metropolitan Toronto)". City of Toronto. 1994. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Small, Peter (November 15, 1994). "Prue fends off challenge for mayor of only borough". Toronto Star. p. E4. 
  3. ^ Krivel, Peter (November 15, 1994). "Only one new face at Mel's city hall". Toronto Star. p. E4.