Michael Thompson (Canadian politician)

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Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson - 2013 (8414889112) (cropped).jpg
Thompson in 2013
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 37) Scarborough Centre
Assumed office
December 1, 2003
Preceded by Lorenzo Berardinetti
Chair of the Scarborough Community Council
In office
June 27, 2005 – December 1, 2006
Preceded by Raymond Cho
Succeeded by Norm Kelly
Personal details
Nationality Canadian
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Michael Thompson (About this sound listen) is a city councillor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He represents Ward 37, the western half of Scarborough Centre. Raised in Scarborough, Thompson is a Jamaican Canadian. He is currently Vice Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board.

Early life

Thompson graduated from Ionview Public School and Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate in Scarborough. Prior to being elected as a city councillor, he worked in the financial services industry, and founded a business services company.[citation needed]

Political career

He entered local politics in 1994 but was defeated in his attempt to win election to Metro Toronto council by Norm Kelly. In 1998 he became assistant to Councillor Lorenzo Berardinetti. When Berardinetti was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Thompson successfully ran to replace him in the 2003 Toronto municipal election.

With a focus on "law and order" issues, Thompson is considered[by whom?] one of the more right-wing members of Toronto council. Soon after his election, he earned considerable and generally positive media attention[citation needed] for his forceful calls to address urban violence. He campaigned for a time to retain Julian Fantino as chief of the Toronto Police Service, and also pushed for a hotline to report troublesome rodents.

In the summer of 2005, during what many[quantify] saw as a wave of shootings in Toronto, particularly in certain low-income neighbourhoods, Thompson garnered national attention for a suggestion that Toronto police should potentially be allowed or expected to stop and search young Black Canadian males at random. Thompson argued that a large percentage of the guns being used and a large number of victims are in the black community. Many[quantify] accused Thompson of racial profiling and also expressed surprise that a black politician would suggest such an idea. Thompson himself said that he did not actually suggest racial profiling and later clarified his proposal, stating that he would not call for police to pull people over just because they're black, but rather because gun violence was affecting the black community. Thompson said that phone calls and e-mails received by his office had been mostly positive.[1]

Despite this, Thompson quickly withdrew the suggestion, saying it was "not an idea we can or should try", and characterizing his comment as an "off-the-cuff" remark born of frustration with recent violence. Some critics suggested it could have been a calculated attempt to position himself for political advantage, perhaps for a conservative candidacy for mayor. Thompson denied he was thinking of a mayoral run.[citation needed]

Thompson and other Scarborough-area city councillors are currently campaigning to replace the Scarborough RT with a tunnelled extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway, arguing they could gain more ridership than the proposed Spadina line extension to York University.[2]

Thompson had an expense claim of $300 to have his office blessed by a local Baptist Paster in December 2010.[3]

In November 2013, during the Rob Ford scandal over his behavior and drug use, city Councillors met to question Ford. Thompson questioned Ford about an alleged crack house. Ford replied “Have you visited the house? Have you walked in the house?” Thompson replied “I have no interest in being in that house. I am not a crack user.”[4]

Thompson was re-elected in the 2014 municipal election with over 80% of the vote.

In May 2017, Thompson helped Air Canada crew and other passengers restrain an unruly passenger who allegedly tried to open a cabin door on a flight from Jamaica to Toronto, which had to subsequently be diverted to Orlando, Florida.[5]

Recently, in 2018 Michael Thompson has been convicted of corruption by the City of Toronto integrity commissioner, accused of abusing his expense account and has the worst attendance record at city hall. He has fallen out of favour with most of the voters who are now seeking alternatives. The Coalition of Concerned Scarborough Residents has recently released a webpage called www.nomichaelthompson.com to educate the public about Michael Thompson's poor behaviour.

Election results

2014 Toronto election, Ward 37
Candidate Votes %
Michael Thompson 16,315 80.683%
Niranjan Balachandran 2,440 12.067%
Luigi Lisciandro 1,466 7.250%
Total 20,221 100%

Unofficial results as of October 27, 2014 11:51 PM [6]

2010 Toronto election, Ward 37
Candidate Votes %
Michael Thompson 15,129 83.636%
Isabelle Champagne 1,571 8.685%
Fawzi Bidawi 1,014 5.606%
Sergio Otoya Salazar 375 2.073%
Total 18,089 100%

2010 City Clerk's Official Declaration of Results [7]

2006 Toronto election, Ward 37
Candidate Votes %
Michael Thompson 11,987 87.146%
Isabelle Champagne 1,094 7.953%
Total 13,755 100%

2006 City Clerk's Official Declaration of Results [8]

2003 Toronto election, Ward 37
Candidate Votes %
Michael Thompson 7,680 49.568%
Helen Zoubaniotis 4,124 26.617%
Laura-Maria Nikolareizi 1,156 7.461%
Andrew Schulz 1,081 6.977%
Greg Crompton 553 3.569%
David Finnamore 470 3.033%
Georges Legault 430 2.775%
Total 15,494 100%

2003 City Clerk's Official Declaration of Results [9]

References

  1. ^ CTV.ca
  2. ^ "thestar.com - Toronto Star - Canada's largest daily". thestar.com. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. 
  3. ^ Yang, Jennifer (March 17, 2011). "Councillor spends taxpayers' money to have office blessed". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Toronto council to vote on stripping Ford of some mayoral powers". thestar.com. 
  5. ^ D'Amore, Rachael (May 17, 2017). "Toronto councillor helps restrain unruly passenger on Air Canada flight". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Election Results | City of Toronto | 2014 General Election Results for City Ward 37 - Scarborough Centre". October 27, 2014. Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Declaration of Results of Voting – Monday, October 25, 2010" (PDF). October 28, 2010. p. 8. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Declaration of Results of Voting – Monday, November 13, 2006" (PDF). November 16, 2006. p. 7. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Declaration of Results of Voting – Monday, November 10, 2003" (PDF). November 13, 2003. p. 6. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • City of Toronto Councillor Profile
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