Tony Grande

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Tony Grande
Ontario MPP
In office
1975–1987
Preceded byNew riding
Succeeded by Chaviva Hošek
Constituency Oakwood
Personal details
Born(1943-01-11)January 11, 1943
Calabria, Italy
DiedAugust 9, 2006(2006-08-09) (aged 63)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s)Helen Schlanger
OccupationTeacher

Anthony William Grande (January 11, 1943 August 9, 2006) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1975 to 1987, as a member of the New Democratic Party who represented the Toronto riding of Oakwood.

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Background

Grande was born in Calabria, Italy, and moved to Canada with his family at age eleven. [1] He was educated at the University of Toronto, Lakeshore Teacher's College and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and worked as a teacher with the Toronto District School Board. Prior to his election, he was teacher liaison chair for the New Democratic Party. [2]

In 1974 he married Helen Schlanger. They had three children: Aaron David (1977), Daniel Robert (1979) and Laura Simone (1983). He died of cancer on August 9, 2006, following a four-year illness.

Politics

Grande was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1975 provincial election, and re-elected in 1977, 1981 and 1985. He served as NDP education critic in the early 1980s, and was reassigned as critic for citizenship, culture and special issues of education in 1983. [3] [4]

Grande supported Bob Rae's successful campaign for the NDP leadership in 1982, and was subsequently asked to relinquish his seat to allow Rae to run for a position in the legislature. He declined, arguing that the local Italian community in his riding would be upset if he were forced to resign in favour of a non-Italian. [5] [6] [7]

Grande was a strong advocate for multiculturalism and multicultural services during his time. He supported minority language rights in education, and in 1986 he introduced a Private Member's Bill that would have made it easier for students to be taught in languages other than English or French. [8] [9] The bill died on the order paper when a new election was called in 1987. Grande was also an advocate for labour, and successfully represented three workers from a North York, Ontario factory before the Ontario Labour Relations Board in 1979-80. [10] [11] He also supported the rights of tenants, and promoted legislation to permit persons over sixteen years of age to gain access to their medical records. [12] [13]

The Progressive Conservative Party, which had governed Ontario since 1943, was reduced to a minority government in the 1985 election. After the election, the NDP provided outside support to allow the Liberal Party to form a new administration. The Liberal government was still popular in office after two years, and won a landslide majority government in the 1987 election. Grande lost his seat to Liberal star candidate Chaviva Hošek, and worked as a health and safety officer after leaving office. [14] [15]

He campaigned for Mayor of York in 1988, describing the city's government as a "family compact" and promising to fight for an increased share of Metropolitan Toronto's tax base. [16] [17] He lost to moderate Tory candidate Fergy Brown.

Electoral Record

1988 Toronto municipal election, Mayor of York edit
CandidateTotal votes% of total votesNotes
Fergy Brown 21,49358.74
Tony Grande 13,61637.21
Mario Faraone1,4824.05
Total valid votes36,591100.00
1987 Ontario general election : Oakwood
PartyCandidateVotes%
Liberal Chaviva Hošek 11,19248.28
New Democratic Tony Grande 9,86142.54
     Progressive Conservative Irene Paparo-Stein1,5736.79
Communist Geoffrey Da Silva 5562.40
Total valid votes23,182100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots275
Turnout23,45767.29
Electors on the lists34,860
1985 Ontario general election : Oakwood
PartyCandidateVotes%
New Democratic Tony Grande 10,40741.63
Liberal Joe Ricciuti9,63138.52
     Progressive Conservative Harriet Wolman4,63618.54
Communist Mike Sterling3271.31
Total valid votes25,001100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots308
Turnout25,30968.62
Electors on the lists36,884
1981 Ontario general election : Oakwood
PartyCandidateVotes%Expenditures
New Democratic Tony Grande 8,86245.17$12,929
     Progressive Conservative Harriet Wolman5,96130.39$24,885
Liberal Jean M. Gammage 4,17121.26$14,485
Communist Nan McDonald6243.18$1,122
Total valid votes19,618100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots315
Turnout19,93356.22
Electors on the lists35,453
1977 Ontario general election : Oakwood
PartyCandidateVotes%Expenditures
New Democratic Tony Grande 9,21443.48$14,076
     Progressive Conservative Fergy Brown 6,37930.10$23,388
Liberal Richard Meagher5,04623.81$21,168
Communist Val Bjarnason2291.08$1,920
    IndependentWillis Cummins1700.80$224
Libertarian Alex Eaglesham1530.72$0
Total valid votes21,191100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots270
Turnout21,46164.98
Electors on the lists33,027
1975 Ontario general election : Oakwood
PartyCandidateVotes%
New Democratic Tony Grande 7,38839.25
Liberal Richard Meagher5,97031.71
     Progressive Conservative Joseph Marrese 4,63724.63
    IndependentMarvin Gordon5582.96
Communist Val Bjarnason2711.44
Total valid votes18,824100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots253
Turnout19,07759.66
Electors on the lists31,975

All provincial election information is taken from Elections Ontario.

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