- For the U.S. politician, see Mike Thompson.
is a city councillor
. He represents Ward 37, the western half of Scarborough Centre
. Raised in Scarborough he has a BA in Economics from Concordia University
. He is a Black Canadian
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.
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 ran to replace him in the 2003 Toronto municipal election
. Six other candidates ran against him; his main opponent was Laura-Maria Nikolareizi, an associate of outgoing Toronto mayor Mel Lastman
With a focus on "law and order" issues, Thompson is considered one of the more right-wing members of Toronto council. Soon after his election, he earned considerable and generally positive media attention 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 saw as a wave of shootings in Toronto, particularly in certain low-income... Read More