The youngest Mayor in the history of the City of Windsor, Eddie Francis
was first elected Mayor in November 2003, and since then, he and City
Council have achieved a record of ambitious accomplishments.
Windsor’s downtown has been and continues to be revitalized. The
establishment of two new downtown campuses for St. Clair College, the
Windsor International Transit Terminal, and the proposed development of
a downtown canal/marina and urban village development, complement a
major expansion of the first ever Canadian Caesars property.
Caesars Windsor is Ontario’s third largest convention centre which
includes a 5,000 seat coliseum and a 400-plus-room hotel tower.
Financially, Windsor is back on the right track.
Mayor Francis was elected on a promise of fiscal reform, and Windsor’s
long-term debt has been slashed from a projected $250 million in 2004 to
$182 million today. It will be further cut to $119 million by
2014. At the same time, Windsor has achieved an average of a 1
percent tax levy in the past five years.
In response to the global recession, Mayor Francis introduced a $646
million capitol infrastructure plan – the largest in Windsor’s history.
This aggressive plan will transform our neighbourhoods and our
transportation networks, including Windsor International Airport (YQG),
building a modern, competitive city for commerce and job creation.
Under the Mayor’s leadership, City Council commissioned a groundbreaking
report which assessed and promoted the need for new inter-modal
transportation systems and border crossings that are fully integrated
with trade routes across North America and beyond. This report
laid the foundation for the future new border crossing and highway
connection, and it resulted in increasing the original $300 million
at-grade highway connection to a $1.8 billion roadway and a new bridge
connecting Windsor and Detroit.
Before his election, Eddie Francis ran a very successful small family
business with his brothers. He was awarded the Windsor Chamber of
Commerce Business Excellence Award as the Young Entrepreneur of the
Eddie graduated with a combined undergraduate degree in chemistry and
biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. He went on to
graduate from the University of Windsor Law School, completed his
articles with international law firm Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone,
and was called to the Bar in 2002. He is a member of the Law
Society of Upper Canada.
Eddie Francis is married to Dr. Michelle Prince, a Doctor of
Chiropractic who has a family wellness practice in Windsor. They
have two children, daughter Sienna and son Phoenix.