Art Eggleton Biography
Date of Birth: September 29, 1943
Wife: Camille Bacchus Daughter: Stephanie Vass
Art Eggleton has served the people of Canada and the city of Toronto in public office for over 45 years.
He was born, raised, and educated in Toronto where he worked as an accountant before being elected to City Council in 1969.
He served 22 years as a member of Toronto City Council and the Metropolitan Toronto Council, most of those years on the Executive Committees of both Councils. Between 1973 and 1980, he served as City Budget Chief, the member of Council responsible for financial matters. From 1980 to 1991, for 11 of those 22 years, he was Mayor of Toronto, the longest serving Mayor in the City’s history.
In addition, he served on the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission, the Board of the Canadian National Exhibition, and numerous committees and task forces dealing with community issues.
In recognition of his service to the city, Mr. Eggleton received Toronto’s highest honour, the Civic Award of Merit, in 1992. In 2010, City Council named a park in the city’s west end, the Art Eggleton Park
Art Eggleton served 11 years in the Parliament of Canada as the member for York Centre in the City of Toronto. First elected in 1993, he was soon thereafter appointed to Cabinet where he served as President of the Treasury Board & Minister Responsible for Infrastructure (1993-1996), Minister for International Trade (1996-1997), Minister of National Defence (1997-2002) and Vice-Chairman of Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy (1997-2002).
In his final 2 years in the House of Commons (2002-2004), he served as Chair of the Greater Toronto Area Liberal Caucus, Member of the House Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Chair of the Canada-Israel Inter-Parliamentary Group.
On March 24, 2005, Art Eggleton was appointed to the Senate of Canada. Throughout his tenure he served as either Chair or Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology where he focused his work on social justice and health care reform issues. In 2012, he founded and convened the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus, a group consisting of Members of Parliament and Senators from all political parties. In 2015 he was appointed by the Mayor of Toronto to be Chair of the Mayor’s Task force on Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) for which a report was issued the following year, and is now part of reforms being implemented.
He departed the Senate of Canada on September 29, 2018, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 75.
However, he continues to be active in several capacities. He is Chair of the Advisory Board for the World Council on City Data. Serves on the Board of Trustees for Blue Pier Retirement Plans. Serves on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club. Serves as Interim Chair of the Canadian Group of Liberal International, a new organization that works with the London based Liberal International to advance liberal values and liberal democracy in the world. He is, or has been, an honourary member, or member, of several not-for-profit boards and advisory committees.