Toronto council has Doug Holyday’s empty seat to...
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Aug 02, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Toronto council has Doug Holyday’s empty seat to fill

Seat for Etobicoke Centre could be filled by appointment or byelection

Etobicoke Guardian

Now that voters in Etobicoke-Lakeshore have decided on Progressive Conservative Doug Holyday for their MPP, Toronto councillors will have some decisions to make.

The City of Toronto needs to decide what to do with the former deputy mayor’s seat on council in Ward 3 (Etobicoke Centre).

Under the City of Toronto Act, council must declare the seat vacant at its next meeting – which won’t be until October. Then, council has 60 days to either fill the office by appointment, or to call a byelection.

As Etobicoke Centre will lack representation for several months, should any major issues arise affecting the ward, other area councillors and city staff may pitch in, as has happened in similar instances in the past.

If a byelection is called, it would cost between $175,000 and $225,000 and take 45 days. An appointment process would require a majority vote of council. In the past, council has taken a two-part approach. Members of the local community council hear from applicants interested in taking the job on, then make recommendations to council, of either a candidate or a short list.

Whoever’s chosen, whether by council or by the electorate, will represent the ward until the end of the term – October 2014.

Mayor Rob Ford had indicated that should Holyday be elected provincially, he would ask Scarborough-Agincourt Councillor Norm Kelly to serve as his deputy mayor for the remainder of the term.

It is not yet clear who would replace Holyday on Ford’s Executive Committee.

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