Toronto municipal election, 1966
Municipal elections were held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on December 5, 1966. The elections were the first for Toronto after its merger with several smaller suburban communities on January 1, 1967. Forest Hill and Swansea were annexed by the City of Toronto, Leaside was merged with the Township of East York to become the Borough of East York. Weston was combined with the Township of York to form the Borough of York. The Village of Long Branch and the towns of Mimico and New Toronto were merged with the Township of Etobicoke to form the Borough of Etobicoke.
Rules were also changed to have municipal elections scheduled every three years, rather than every two as had been done previously.
Toronto mayoral race
Incumbent mayor Philip Givens was challenged by two strong opponents. Givens was associated with the Liberal Party while Controller William Archer was a Progressive Conservative. The winner was William Dennison, a former Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Member of Provincial Parliament who was a longtime member of the New Democratic Party. Dennison, despite his labour roots was considered the most conservative of the three candidates. His slogan was "Respect for the Taypayer's Dollar". Archer was the more centrist candidate, and had the endorsement of city councillors Charles Caccia, Kenneth Dear, and Hugh Bruce.
Central issues during the election was the extension of the Yonge subway line north of Eglinton and whether it should run on a cheaper above-ground route or should built underground so as not to demolish homes. Perhaps the most important issue was Givens' advocacy for Henry Moore's controversial sculpture The Archer for Nathan Phillips Square also remained an issue. Originally the city had agreed to pay $100,000 for the modernist sculpture, but city council rejected the idea. Instead Givens succeeded in raising the $100,000 from private donors and had the sculpture placed in the square in front of city hall. Dennison strongly objected to having the piece of art in such a prominent venue.
In the final vote, the city was divided along ethnic and class lines. Givens dominated the downtown core winning the votes of the young and the cultured. He also won the heavily Jewish neighbourhood of Forest Hill. Archer carried the wealthy Anglo-Saxon areas of Rosedale and North Toronto. Dennison was victorious by winning the working class districts in both the east and west end of the city, including strong votes from Italian and Polish areas.
- William Dennison - 59,363
- Philip Givens (incumbent) - 54,525
- William Archer 40,946
- John Sara - 1,239
City council and Board of Control
The 1966 election was the last in Toronto for the Board of Control. It consisted of four members elected at large from across the city who then formed the executive on city council. The Board candidate with the most votes became council president and budget chief. Two sitting controllers, Dennison and Archer, opted to run for mayor. This resulted in a competitive race of six major candidates for the four spots. Those in the running were three city councillors: June Marks, Joseph Piccininni, and Herbert Orliffe; sitting controller Margaret Campbell; former mayor Allan Lamport; and Liberal MPP George Ben.
- Board of Control
- Margaret Campbell (incumbent) - 88,036
- June Marks - 77,655
- Herbert Orliffe (incumbent) - 76,412
- Allan Lamport - 67,677
- George Ben - 63,206
- Joseph Piccininni - 58,122
- Phyllis Clarke - 10,162
- Arthur Young - 9,550
- John Charles Ewing - 6,071
- Dorothy Cureatz - 4,262
- Shaba Musa - 2,399
- Ward 1 (Riverdale)
- Fred Beavis (incumbent) - 10,038
- Oscar Sigsworth (incumbent) - 7,129
- Vern Burnett - 2,305
- Edward Cox - 1,708
- Ward 2 (East Downtown and Rosedale)
- Michael Grayson (incumbent) - 6,426
- Helen Johnston (incumbent) - 6,289
- Harry Pope - 4,168
- Donald Weir - 3,827
- Keith Martin - 3,819
- John Conforzi - 3,122
- Gerald Quirke - 383
- Ward 3 (West Downtown and Forest Hill)
- David Rotenberg (incumbent) - 13,683
- Charles Caccia (incumbent) - 11,720
- Peter Stollery - 4,007
- Isador Milton - 3,382
- Sidney Banks - 3,154
- James Sanderson - 1,064
- Ward 4 (The Annex, Kensington Market and Garment District)
- Horace Brown (incumbent) - 4,913
- Monte Harris - 4,021
- John Polowko - 1,601
- Elizabeth Catty - 1,565
- William Clarke - 1,472
- Sam Komenar - 928
- Ward 5 (Trinity-Bellwoods)
- Tony O'Donohue - 5,920
- Harold Menzies (incumbent) - 4,969
- Elio Madonia - 3,675
- Herry Wilk - 2,892
- Pauline Miles - 1,361
- Charles Weir - 931
- Ward 6 (Davenport and Parkdale)
- Hugh Bruce (incumbent) - 6,692
- Kenneth Dear (incumbent) - 5,827
- Archie Chishom - 4,993
- Robert Grossi - 3,168
- John O'Brien - 2,332
- Anne Fritz - 1,046
- Ward 7 (High Park and Swansea)
- Mary Temple (incumbent) - 13,512
- Ben Grys (incumbent) - 10,241
- William Boytchuk - 5,876
- John McRae - 1,891
- Ward 8 (The Beaches)
- Tom Wardle Sr. (incumbent) - 13,512
- Alice Summerville (incumbent) - 12,212
- Alex Hodgins - 7,370
- Edward Gillen - 874
- John Square - 613
- Ward 9 (North Toronto)
- Paul Pickett (incumbent) - 19,035
- Richard Horkins - 16,241
- Jules Pelletier - 6,513
- Michael Comar - 1,771
Results are taken from the December 6, 1966 Toronto Star and might not exactly match final tallies.
Controller Herbert Orliffe died on July 3, 1967. Ward 1 Alderman Fred Beavis was appointed Controller July 6; Oscar Sigsworth now became Senior Alderman and Metro councilor and Joseph Piccininni was appointed Alderman.
Ward 9 Alderman Richard Horkins resigned on November 1, 1969 upon appointment as a Toronto Hydro Commissioner and was not replaced.
Robert Yuill was re-elected as ward alderman.
Albert Campbell elected reeve of Scarborough.
- Election Coverage. Toronto Star. December 6, 1966