About the Ward

Scarborough Centre is bordered by Eglinton Avenue to the south, Highway 401 to the north, McCowan and Bellamy Roads to the east, and Victoria Park Avenue to the west. The ward has a large visible minority population, at 70%, which is well above the city’s 51 percent. South Asians make up over a quarter of the ward’s population. The ward has a lower household income than the city average, at just $70,624. Incumbent councillor Michael Thompson has served on city council since 2003.

Where the Candidates Stand

There are six candidates in the race for the Scarborough Centre city council seat, including incumbent Michael Thompson. In September, Thompson was charged with two counts of sexual assault, but he is seeking re-election nonetheless. He is facing five challengers: Muhammad Ayub, Paul Beatty, Hansie Daniel, Luigi Lisciandro, and Kiri Vadivelu (see their fact-checked bios in the next section).

The matrix below provides a head-to-head comparison of where council candidates stand on key issues. 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 different 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, adding the results to what we already know about how Thompson voted.

Firstly, we didn’t get full participation in the survey—permitting a head-to-head comparison among Thompson, Daniel, and Vadivelu only.

Here Are the Takeaways

  • Incumbent Michael Thompson consistently voted with Mayor John Tory (and other right-leaning councillors), and took conservative positions on taxes and policing; Thompson also voted “no” to a motion to prevent above guideline rent increases in Housing Now units, an issue Tory was in favour of.
  • Hansie Daniel, whose platform prioritizes affordable housing, voted in favour of deeping the affordability of the Housing Now initiative, but voted against paying for toilets in encampments.
  • Kiri Vadivelu, an advocate for affordable housing, voted in favour of deeping the affordability of the Housing Now initiative; Vadivelu was the only candidate to support the motion to cut the police budget to pay for rent supplements and to not increase the police budget to combat gun violence. He wrote that he would go further: “Defund police budget by 50% and build housing for all.”

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 22, 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.