Monday, October 27, 2014

John Tory Wins Toronto Mayoral Election Race

Toronto Election Results 2014: John Tory wins | Getty Images
HuffPost Canada
John Tory will be the next mayor of Canada's largest city after winning the Toronto municipal election.

Tory, a former telecommunications executive, CFL chairman, and radio broadcaster, has bested controversial city councillor Doug Ford and former NDP MP Olivia Chow, the one-time frontrunner.

Tory will replace scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford, who dropped out of the race in September after he was diagnosed with cancer. Rob Ford won a seat on council in Ward 2 instead.

The 60-year-old Tory has vowed to bring stability and professionalism to city hall after four tumultuous years under Rob Ford.

In a speech to supporters, Chow congratulated Tory on his victory, saying he ran an "excellent" campaign. But she also referenced what she sees as problems in the city, from children going to school hungry, to gridlock, to young people unable to find jobs.

"John, you've been given a chance to do something about it and I sincerely wish you all the best as our mayor," Chow said.

Chow also paraphrased the famous last words of her late husband, former NDP Leader Jack Layton.
"Friends I believe love is better than hate, hope is better than fear," she said. "And I think you do, too."

Rob Ford also spoke to supporters in Etobicoke. He thanked his brother for stepping into the race and vowed to hold Tory to account for the promises he made in the campaign. But the mayor also hinted that a Ford will be on the ballot for mayor in 2018.

"I guarantee in four more years you're going to see another example of the Ford family never, ever, ever giving up," he said.

Tory lost a race for Toronto mayor in 2003 and was defeated in the 2007 Ontario provincial election as leader of the Progressive Conservatives.

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