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John Tory finally decides to run for Mayor of Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / February 24, 2014

John Tory Mayor TorontoJohn Tory is running for mayor of Toronto. Like, for real. He even announced it in a video and everything. While I suppose there's still time to back out, I'd like to congratulate the former leader of the provincial Conservatives and current NewsTalk radio host on finally making a decision one way or another. Now if Olivia Chow would only through her hat in the ring we could start talking about the election that is happening rather than hypothetical scenario after hypothetical scenario.

Yes, Tory isn't the only hyped candidate to resist entering the race early, but his name has been the most discussed, particularly given recent criticism from Doug Ford and a report in the Toronto Star that made his candidacy sounds like a sure thing. Now that he's formally announced he's running, Tory's been anything but shy about revealing his number one campaign priority: reducing congestion via the construction of a Yonge Street Relief Line (or DRL, as the case may be). He's also touting his ability to build consensus at City Hall and a desire to keep property taxes low, though one imagines his transit vision will prove crucial given Ford's focus on suburban transit infrastructure.

Tory has suffered a number of tough political losses over the years, including a run for Toronto mayor back in 2003, but one senses that the climate might be more friendly to him now given the various scandals Ford has endured. Will Tory prove a legitimate alternative for those who value fiscal conservatism?

Photo by Ontario PC Party



Spike / February 24, 2014 at 12:14 am
Great, now the city's in big trouble. Another 'fiscal conservative' we all don't need; we need a man who will spend a shitload of money to ensure that all Torontonians are taken care of, and that means spending of the social programs that these fiscal conservatives like to cut. Soknacki and Chow are the only people I want to see as mayor; let John Tory go back in time (to the 1950s) and stay there to become mayor, and leave the fiscal conservatism in the past were it belongs.
Manplanstan / February 24, 2014 at 12:33 am
I'm ready to vote for you John! You're the most reasonable, experienced candidate our city could hope for. For the first time in my life, I may volunteer to help. I've never even thought of this before. I voted for Rob Ford and I am embarrassed to say that. I blew it last time, never again. I will not let the pendulum swing the other way. We need a consensus builder now!
jeffy replying to a comment from Spike / February 24, 2014 at 01:00 am
"we need a man who will spend a shitload of money to ensure that all Torontonians are taken care of" - is this sarcasm or do you want to scare people into voting Ford Nation? DRL and gridlock by far most important issues of the time. What more social programs does Toronto honestly need right now considering our situation?
James / February 24, 2014 at 01:23 am
If you voted for Ford and want to correct your mistake VOTE TORY!!!!
Sasha / February 24, 2014 at 01:25 am
Tory is focusing on the TTC downtown relief line while the Fords are focusing on Scarborough Subway and completion of the Sheppard line.
Pat Roy / February 24, 2014 at 01:25 am
@spike your bank account must be a thing of beauty.
joe replying to a comment from Spike / February 24, 2014 at 01:37 am
Tory may be fiscally conservative, but he's socially liberal. Best of all, he knows how cities work and how to build a vision for them.
Ian Coutts replying to a comment from jeffy / February 24, 2014 at 03:16 am
What situation is that? The only problem that Toronto has is lack of a competent Mayor. And the only reason that Toronto has that problem is because of Rob Ford. He is the problem.
Aaron / February 24, 2014 at 07:12 am
When he loses, hope CFRB 1010 doesn't hire him back.
Skye / February 24, 2014 at 07:46 am
If Doug Ford doesn't like him, then John Tory must know what he's doing.
Norm / February 24, 2014 at 08:16 am
John Tory stands for value. He will spend $ where needed to help all torontians. He's not claiming there are huge buckets of gravy. Only that he promises to give us all the best bang for our buck. We are all tax payers whether you own or rent, drive or ttc. He will be able to bring the city councillors left right and middle together. Just look at his proposal on the ontario place site. No casino. Mix of residential but mostly park land because he believes the city is for the people. Go John!!
Irwin Mimico / February 24, 2014 at 08:34 am
Rob ford is still the best candidate no matter who enters the race. Everybody else is just wasting their time and money.
McRib / February 24, 2014 at 09:13 am
lets just hope he can keep his foot out of his mouth.

I'm not a huge fan of Tory (what has he ever actually accomplished?), but at least he is sane, and a decent human being.
brenda s replying to a comment from McRib / February 24, 2014 at 09:22 am
unfortunately this is the level that ford has brought us to - we're willing to settle for a candidate that is at least sane!

I think people are best to remember Tory's record of being an absolute political loser with nothing to bring to the table but empty feel good slogans (oh, and his run at ROGERS - everybodys favourite corporation - and the skydome debacle).

seriously, have a look at what Socnacki has to say - that's the guy that Tory is pretending to be/you want Tory to be.
Danny / February 24, 2014 at 09:22 am
I'm old enough to remember when john Tory wanted to teach creationism in ontario schools. Sounds pretty socially conservative to me.
Mike / February 24, 2014 at 09:30 am
I'm thinking that Tory has some inside information on how the Brazen 2 police investigation is going to pan out ie. Ford will be charged. Why else would he put himself through all of this?
Al / February 24, 2014 at 09:33 am
Rob Ford continues to refuse to meet with the police for questioning. Will he answer those questions in a debate?
Doug Ford calling Tory rich! / February 24, 2014 at 09:41 am
I'm worried! / February 24, 2014 at 09:45 am
I'm worried that Stintz//Tory don't have the negotiation skills Rob Ford has developed through negotiating for a better price with various prostitutes and drug dealers.
Steven / February 24, 2014 at 10:04 am
Ford is well known around the world. Not this old AM radio guy.
Jan / February 24, 2014 at 10:18 am
I'm thinking Tory may just be the one that captures votes from the left and the right and all float right up the middle...
Deborah / February 24, 2014 at 10:28 am
CHOW must be jumping for joy, with Ford, Stintz, Sackonacki, and Tory splitting the votes on thier side Chow can go for a majority. Chows name will be added to the race in March
Pat / February 24, 2014 at 10:43 am
@Danny If John Tory has pushed for teaching creationism to Ontario kids, that is pretty alarming! Who knows what else he believes in, perhaps the tooth fairy. Thanks for raising that point. I would like to see every candidate being investigated as deeply as Rob Ford. It would be quite interesting.
Gregg / February 24, 2014 at 10:46 am
Funny how Tory registering today has trumped Stintz,in thenrace already. Her registering has hardly made the news, she announced months ago and now is quietly registering today. All the news is about Tory with a subline about Stints.
Matt / February 24, 2014 at 10:47 am
Anybody but Ford.
steve replying to a comment from Pat / February 24, 2014 at 10:57 am
There would need to be reason to investigate all candidates the same as Rob Ford. Rob is the only candidate involved in a police investigation and with alleged ties to criminals.
Kate / February 24, 2014 at 11:41 am
@ Danny and Pat. Tory did not want creationism taught in public schools. What he wanted was tax breaks for people who wanted to send their kids to private schools of different faiths (schools that would have had to hold up the Ontario Curriculum). Big difference. Of course, it was a bad idea and he lost.
Huuk / February 24, 2014 at 11:47 am
This is our new Mayor.
He is the conservative that the GTA-suburbs want, without the Drama that should never be in City Politics.
Goodbye Ford, your 15 minutes in the meter have expired.
Jake / February 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm
GOOD! Someone who can bring people together down there.
SW / February 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Very happy and excited to support a smart, business-minded, well-spoken man who will take our modern city in the direction it needs to be headed. If you've ever heard him speak, particularly on his radio show, he's of sound and open mind, he accepts people of all faiths, gender and sexual preference.. It's what our city needs!

PS: Insider tip... he definitely does NOT smoke crack.
Lorry / February 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Stintz shows up to register and forgets to bring her ID, clown business!! I like how Tory does it announces he's running last night and shows up to register first thing this morning. Stints announces 4 months ago then for gets a her ID ha ha ha ha ha

Alyssa replying to a comment from James / February 24, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Well said.
I'm a left leaning centrist, and Tory is appealing even to me, though I will need to see:

a) his platform on public transit
b) his affordable housing policy
c) his policy on increasing sustainable tourism
d) his development policies and the impact on the environment
e) keeping well-paying, stable jobs and not slagging or attacking unionized workers.

Also, I want someone who will represent the City intelligently.
Borte / February 24, 2014 at 01:33 pm
I've been Tory would throw his hat in the ring...
He has my vote.
Don / February 24, 2014 at 02:19 pm
Its time for people to stop voting just because of this party and its the party they've always voted for and won't listen to others. Vote for the individual and their platform not just because they are conservative or the best liberal, needs to be Tue best person....
Sam / February 24, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Well, whether you are into conservatives or not, we are going to get a new non-conservative mayor. Tory will split the conservative vote so that Ford won't win. Tory has a history of Losing election after election so he won't get in.

Toronto is going to go to Olivia Chow.
real / February 24, 2014 at 09:01 pm
Tory past political views is a complete joke..Rob was not elected for his personal life but to fix City Hall..I rather a addict then a thief with my/our tax hard working money!!..Rob you have my vote! Clean house its time for change in City Hall.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from real / February 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm
"Rob," is it? Can we all assume you know the guy personally? or perhaps you're his mom?

"Rob" hasn't fixed anything except maybe some parking tickets, but obviously you haven't paid attention to anything that's gone on since "Rob" was elected.

Oh, and don't let your money work too hard.
RobCD / February 25, 2014 at 08:20 am
Tory all the way,,,yes, lets get someone who knows how to run the city like the large corporation it is,,do I want the "average Joe ' running the city or your doctor,,,,,no,,,I want someone proficient, able to work with other councillors,a good roll model and honest,,,. Yes honest! If I count the number of lies by this mayor and his enabler, constantly twisting the truth to address their personal agenda. He maybe well know internationally,but, for all the wrong reasons. The job is a 24hr job. The mayor doesn't stop when he entered his house,,what would have happened if during an serious problem at city hall and the mayor was on one of his drunken stupors ,,,deputy steps in,,,sorry not good enough and it shouldn't be good enough for any Torontonian!! We all deserve better,,,and I mean ALL,,and yes I will volunteer for John Tory,,,
Daniel / February 25, 2014 at 09:03 am
MrsDaveyGravy / February 25, 2014 at 09:47 am
Oh yes. Knew I could count on you leftees and your poor judgement. Tory will divide the left vote (Chow will make it worse), and Rob will win. Quit deluding yourselves. Conservatives are united for Ford.

What an ego Tory must have.
ry replying to a comment from Spike / February 25, 2014 at 10:00 am
You don't live in toronto do you Spike....

If you did, you'd know that we have phenomenal welfare programs.
Daveygravy'sfunny uncle / February 25, 2014 at 10:16 am
Davey & Mrs. Gravy have had frontal lobotomies and should be humoured in their attempts to pretend to be normal. Lots of EST, too, but mostly because they put forks in electrical sockets for fun.
Alex / February 25, 2014 at 11:54 am
Between Tory and Socknacki now for me. So far though Socknacki is winning it, since Tory has already started with the usual political bullcrap: "We need a downtown relief line, it's a priority! How will we pay for it? further questions". Typical. Something that large requires a major tax increase, or a huge service cut and a minor tax increase. He needs to be honest about which it's gonna be or how can we decide if we support it or not?
diane / February 25, 2014 at 02:20 pm
please give me the biggest John Tory signage to display in front of my home. It's time for class in our world class city.
STINT! / February 25, 2014 at 04:25 pm
As long as she shows her tits she's got my vote!
suzy replying to a comment from Sasha / February 25, 2014 at 10:45 pm
Actually John Tory, the smart guy he is, well he is looking at the relief line for downtown and also Scarborough, something a very short sighted rob ford is not doing. Look if everyone who comes in from outside the downtown core wants access that is obvious, you need express trains like they do in Europe, but guess what you are now downtown where everyone is jammed in like sardines and trains don't run enough- its dangerous and isn't making the TTC a place that is conducive to growth and no one wants to be on it. This isn't a fight between Toronto and Scarborough, we are all in this together but Ford wants to divide..and that is not good.. John Tory wants to build people together, he is kind and smart and wants this city to function. Can you imagine how much better it would be if you could travel quickly from Bloor to Kennedy or farther without stops on an express, that is your time, and then when you get DT have options and not have your face stuck in some guys armpit??? and imagine a system that has lots of stops at places that make sense.. weird because all over the world they have this and we don't. I know John Tory can help this city work and for once it would be nice to not be sitting in stupid gridlock while nothing in this city is thanks rob haven't done much.. expect skate on what miller left behind.. time for some truth telling......ohh wait.. I see what the problem with that request is.. haha.
suzy replying to a comment from Deborah / February 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Chow will not beat Tory... uhm how much did she spend on having jack given a state funeral? quite frankly for folks that say they are down with the people I would have thought they would have tried to allocate those types of funds which were in the MILLIONS to elderly housing or childcare for the poor or struggling. Call a spade a spade.. that was indulgent and she should be embarrassed that she asked for it and got it..when people she says she represents are hungry and can't afford heat in this city. What a hypocrite, so Chow has the same group of idiot voters as ford..those who chose not to think for themselves.. tragic.Toronto suffered for 4 years with poor more.
karen / February 25, 2014 at 11:15 pm
thank you John Tory for taking such a big personal risk in order to get things moving in Toronto. I have been listening to your radio broadcast the past few years and truly believe you deeply care about Toronto. You got my vote!
Greg replying to a comment from Irwin Mimico / February 26, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Ford is obviously unfit to sit on council as mayor, he's not fit to be bus boy at the city hall restaurant. The bus boy would be a better mayor I'm sure.

I like Socknaki and his clarity of position, but I think it will come down to Tory or Chow. Progressive policies are what propelled Toronto to the enviable position we were in before the Ford aberration.

Fiscally we are strong, we need a consensus builder to initiate a bold vision, fast. Before the rest of the world competing urban areas catch and pass us through complacency and dysfunction. If you want a great city, it costs money.
Les Marosi / February 27, 2014 at 09:01 pm
Gardiner Toronto, 2014-02-27
Perhaps a good solution:
Keep the Gardiner for ~3-5 years
Build a tunnel south of the Gardiner, perhaps with 2 -3 levels (eastbound and westbound traffic and connector’s level) pending on possible real estate. Work could be done whilst fully using the Gardiner. Dirt and material could be transported with barges, minimizing the impact on the local traffic. Conveyors and concrete pumping from the Lake Ontario could practically eliminate transport on streets (“Invisible Contractor”).
Once completed, the Gardiner to be demolished and developed. Developers probably would be interested to finance the possibly AFP project.
Possible routing: Perhaps from Lake Shore Blvd E (~Leslie) through Queens Quay E and W, then Lake Shore Blvd W, perhaps close to Jameson.
The offset construction could be much cheaper and faster, with uninterrupted traffic.
Locating it farther from the train tracks could be a priceless benefit if the subterranean set of approach tracks is implemented (See among others the WEB postings “US & USRC Track Capacity Study, Train Capacity Analysis, AECOM, November 2011: There is the possibility of a subterranean set of approach tracks below the USRC corridor”)
(BTW building a second level of tracks above the current US probably is much more practical in the view of work already done for the Dig Down).
Les Marosi
Attention Irwin Mimico! Calling Irwin & the other Little Mimicis! / March 1, 2014 at 09:53 am
If you vote Stintz you get to feel her up! Does she have yer vote?
Melissa / March 12, 2014 at 07:42 pm
John Tory, you've have my vote since day 1. You seem to be the only one who has any sense of logic about matters on a large scale (I'm quite disappointed that the incinerators never came to be and that we still support catholic schools for instance).

I'm terrified Chow will win though because so many people think that the answer is to spend spend spend on social based nonsense that does absolutely squat for the greater good of Toronto. I'm a liberal at heart but appreciate your viewpoints even as a conservative. Ultimately I'm looking for someone to display acts of logic, steering all of us in the right direction when faced with dire economic times.
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