About the Ward

Etobicoke Centre is on the western border of the city and includes several neighbourhoods in the former city of Etobicoke. It is an older ward, with the median age listed at 45.2 years old, which is higher than the city median of 38.9 years old. Just 27 percent of the population is a visible minority, far below the city average. Home ownership is high, with 67 percent of dwellings owned, compared to the city average of 52 percent. The current Ward was created when the old Wards 3 and 4 were combined in 2018.

Where the Candidates Stand

Like the Ford family stronghold next door, this is another ward that has stayed in the family. Stephen’s father, Doug Holyday, held numerous positions in municipal government pre- and post-amalgamation. Stephen won the seat in 2014, and retained the area when Wards 3 and 4 merged in 2018. Described as a “staunch-conservative,” by the Toronto Star, the younger Holyday is also known for having a taste for the theatrical during council sessions, relying on props to get his point across.

Holyday is challenged by four other candidates, among them Thomas Yanuziello, a former provincial candidate for the Ontario Green Party, and Catherine Habus, who ran provincially as part of New Blue Ontario, an “anti-establishment centre-right political party.”

The matrix below provides a head-to-head comparison of where council candidates stand. The Local combed through city council records to review all the decisions made over the last four years and identified a dozen votes that are the most telling on key issues: homelessness, transportation, housing, policing, taxes, and the environment. We then sent the challengers a survey asking them how they would have voted on those same 12 motions, and compared the results to Holyday’s votes.

Only Yanuziello responded to our survey in Ward 2.

Here Are the Takeaways

  • If Holyday is a staunch conservative, then Yanuziello is a staunch progressive. He counters the incumbent on every issue.
  • However, Yanuziello is more in line with Tory. Both support making ActiveTO bike lanes permanent and banning above guideline rent increases in Housing Now developments. However, they disagree on raising taxes and cutting the police budget.
  • Worth noting: Holyday voted against every single progressive item The Local included in this poll. His only yes vote? Hiking the police budget to combat gun violence.

Information in Candidate Tracker was compiled and written by The Local’s team of journalists and fact checkers. City council candidates were emailed a questionnaire asking for information about their history, experience, and plans. They were also surveyed about their stances on twelve key votes that took place in the 2018-22 council term. Not all candidates were reachable or responded. The Local also conducted its own research to independently source and verify information about each city council and school trustee candidate. If you’re a candidate whose information is not here, please email us at elections@thelocal.to. Last updated: October 11, 2022.

Contributors: Inori Roy, Ann Marie Elpa, Nikky Manfredi, Danielle Orr, H.G. Watson, Emma Buchanan, Dhriti Gupta, Zeahaa Rehman, Neville Park, Nicholas Hune-Brown, Tai Huynh, Craig Madho, Steve Combes, and Lia Mattacchione.