Adam Giambrone (born March 8, 1977) is a Canadian politician who was a Toronto City Councillor, representing the southern of two Davenport wards. Elected at 26, he remained the youngest member of Toronto council after re-election. He is also a former president of the federal New Democratic Party. He was the 2008 recipient of Now Magazine’s “Best City Politician” award.
He graduated from McGill University with a bachelor’s degree in archaeology, and has participated in excavations in Sudan, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and Guatemala. He speaks English, French, and Arabic fluently. Adam Giambrone is of Italian-American ancestry; his father moved to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War.
As Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Giambrone oversaw the largest expansion of bus service in Toronto. Giambrone secured over $8 billion in new funding to build light rail into areas of the city currently not served by rapid transit. An expansion of two subway lines also forms part of an overall $18 billion long-term expansion plan driven by Giambrone.
On February 1, 2010 Giambrone announced his candidacy to succeed David Miller as Mayor of Toronto in the 2010 election, as a leading progressive candidate, showing second place in polls after John Tory dropped out, though Adam Giambrone also had a high “unfavourable” rating of 40%. Adam Giambrone exited the mayoral race on February 10, 2010 amidst a sex scandal and he did not run for re-election for his council seat.
Adam Giambrone was the NDP’s candidate for the August 1, 2013 provincial by-election in Scarborough—Guildwood, placing third with 28% of the vote.
Adam Giambrone continued his attempts to win the south Davenport seat on Toronto city council. When Silva left city council and was elected a federal Liberal Member of Parliament in Davenport in the 2004 federal election, Adam Giambrone became a leading candidate to replace him in the 2003 municipal election. With the endorsements of the Toronto Star, Now Magazine, Bloor West Villager newspapers and councillors Joe Pantalone and Fred Dominelli, Adam Giambrone defeated Ana Bailão, Silva’s former assistant, by a 51-40 margin in a field of six candidates.
As Vice-Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, he has helped develop solutions to Toronto’s garbage challenges, and promote recycling and organic collection. Adam Giambrone has worked with the Mayor to implement a multi-billion dollar road and water infrastructure upgrade program.
Toronto Council unanimously approved a September, 2007 motion to allow the Toronto Parking Authority to proceed with a plan to expropriate the Matador, a famed Toronto music hall and cultural landmark. After considerable media attention, an organised group of citizens, including noted author Michael Ondaatje and folk singer Sylvia Tyson, lobbied Adam Giambrone to successfully reverse the expropriation.
On May 7, 2009, Giambrone sent an email from his mobile phone, warning fellow councillor Cesar Palacio to “stop messing in my ward” or face “problems”. Adam Giambrone apologized for the “hastily composed” email when Palacio distributed copies to local media.
Shortly after taking office, Adam Giambrone was appointed as a commissioner of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Adam Giambrone also served along with Greater Toronto Area mayors and regional chairs on the board of Metrolinx from its inception in 2006 until 2009.
During the TTC workers’ wildcat strike on May 29, 2006, Adam Giambrone was prominent in the media representing the TTC’s position as commission chair Howard Moscoe was out of town. After being re-elected in the 2006 municipal election, taking almost 67% of the vote in his ward, Giambrone was elected as Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission on December 6, 2006.