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Councillors Milczyn and Holyday Will Face Off in Provincial Byelection

If either one wins, he'll have to resign his council seat.

Welcome to political Thunderdome: two city councillors enter, one city councillor leaves (to take a new job as an MPP).

Several media outlets are reporting that Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) has agreed to be the PC candidate in a provincial byelection to fill the Etobicoke-Lakeshore seat vacated by former education minister Laurel Broten. Thing is, another councillor, Peter Milczyn (Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore), has already agreed to run for the Liberals.

The riding hasn’t elected an NDP MPP for almost two decades (Broten was a Liberal), so there’s a definite likelihood that one of these two councillors will win. Whichever one pulls it off will need to resign his council seat. Both men are on Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee, and Holyday sometimes speaks for the mayor during scandals and sensitive negotiations. Either one would be a high-profile loss for the Ford administration.

The election is scheduled for August 1. Four other ridings will have byelections on the same day, including one other in Toronto: Scarborough-Guildwood.

Interesting side note: Holyday once believed that councillors who accept nominations for other office should have to resign immediately. Maybe he’s glad, now, that he didn’t get his way.


  • wklis

    For either to win, they have to distance themselves from the Ford brothers as much as possible.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      Will they? Isn’t Ford still polling in the 40% range in Etobicoke?

  • OgtheDim

    The more I look into this, the more I question why Holyday is doing this.

    Milcyzn has been around the Liberal Lakeshore scene for over 20 years.

    Holyday was a central Etobicoke Metro councillor before he was mayor (briefly – 3 years) and then went back to being a councillor in central Etobicoke.

    He has no machine down there.

    He can’t ride Ford’s coat tails.

    It looks like something for Doug to do for a month before going away on vacation.

  • robbletoad

    I would love if everybody threw up their hands, said “enough of this poop” and Angela S killed it on election day. That would be a good story. …but if and only if everyone said that exact quotation. :P

  • Rob Strang

    Angela would be a fresh face with new ideas and no baggage. Just what Etobicoke Lakeshore and Toronto needs.

  • CanoeDave

    The unions will throw everything but the kitchen sink at Holyday in Etobicoke so everyone who can needs to help. Unlike with the Liberals or the NDP we know that Holyday will not sell out the public interest to buy the public servants with public money. Wonder if the voters in Etobicoke understand how Wynne threw their Liberal MPP Broten under the bus and humiliated her so that the LIberals could sweeten the deal with the Teachers and try to “buy“ back their support. The liberals are like Trojan horses in the body politic of Ontario who act like they are “Gifts“ of progress while the economic prospects of our Province sink into the dependent beggar status of a have not province like Quebec.