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Congratulations in Senate Chamber: Election of Mayor of Toronto, John Tory


John Tory

         Congratulations on Election as Mayor of Toronto

Hon. Anne C. Cools: Honourable senators, today I speak as the senator for Toronto Centre-York. I congratulate John Tory, Toronto's new mayor, elected in a tough race on October 27.

John Tory is a good human being known for his humane sensibilities. He will bring stability and constancy to City Hall and to Toronto. He will temper the polarized city politics there.

John Tory was a lawyer by training. By instinct and tendency he is a public man, drawn to public service for the common good. In business, he was President and CEO of Rogers Media. In politics, he served Ontario Premier Bill Davis and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. From 2004 to 2009, he was the Leader of the Progressive Conservatives in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario at Queen's Park.

Now, at the tender age of 60 years, he will meet the challenges of being mayor of Canada's largest city. He will move forward undaunted and with courage to face the future.

John Tory's campaign slogan was "One Toronto." He set new standards in cooperation and diversity across party lines. His thoughtful and considered leadership will build new ground and new bonds. These will put Toronto firmly on the path of the redemptive healing it so needs. John Tory's love of community is legend. He has been called to serve this special city at this special time. Toronto was dominant in world news for reasons too well known. I believe that John is well fitted to return the real face of Toronto to Canadians and to the world.

I close now with Mahatma Gandhi's sense of the human impulse to serve and to give. Gandhi is quoted in the book, The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, at page 229, saying:

He who devotes himself to service with a clear conscience will day by day grasp the necessity for it in greater measure and will continually grow richer in faith. . . . If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.

Honourable senators, John Tory, whom I have known for years, will make his own journey and put his own mark on municipal politics. I wish him well, and I assure senators that most Torontonians have done the same.

The remainder of this day's Senate Debates are available here.