John Tory is Toronto’s mayor-elect.
After a failed bid to be mayor in 2003 and provincial losses in 2007 and 2009, Tory finally got to the winner’s circle, capturing 40% of the vote compared to 34% for Doug Ford and Olivia Chow’s 23%.
Nearly one million people cast their ballots in Toronto shattering the record for voter turnout. That’s roughly 61%, a 10-point jump over the 2010 turnout.
Rob Ford, the man who achieved world-wide notoriety for smoking crack and making politics entertaing, may no longer be the mayor of Toronto, but he will still be taking a seat at city council to battle John Tory.
Ford won the council race in Ward 2 with 58% of the vote beating the second place candidates by nearly 50%.
Ford is still battling a rare form of aggressive cancer that forced him to abdicate from the Mayor’s race but vows to be back in the mayor’s chair in 4-years.
(Photo: Toronto Star / David Cooper)
The look of the councillors at city hall won’t be all that different than when we last saw them but there will be a few new faces around the table.
Stephen Holyday took Ward 3 winning his father Doug’s old seat.
Justin Di Ciano is the new councillor in Ward 5 winning Peter Miliczyn old seat.
Christin Carmichael Greb took Ward 16 taking over for Karen Stintz.
John Campbell takes over for Gloria Lindsay Luby in Ward 4. Jon Burnside was the surprise winner of the night as he beat out incumbent John Parker in Ward 26.
Jim Karygiannis won in Ward 39 taking over for a retiring Mike Del Grande and Joe Cressy took Adam Vaughan’s old seat in Ward 20.
After the honeymoon period of winning the election, do you believe anything will really change in council? With only 40% of the voting population electing John Tory and the bulk of city council remaining the same, will John Tory be able to push forth with his agenda? Do you truly believe he can unite the city?