John Tory’s no-drama style reshaped Toronto city politics. That may well be his legacy

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Edward Keenan: John Tory’s no-drama style reshaped Toronto city politics. That may well be his legacy

On Friday evening, at 5 p.m., after spending the day working in the mayor’s office, John Tory left city hall a private citizen.who’d gathered during his final hour in office, “and that’s why it breaks my heart to leave.And he did leave, without tears, recriminations, or taking questions, walking away quietly as Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie, who will temporarily assume most duties of the mayor’s office until an election can be held, was speaking.

It’s fair to say those questions are not settled to everyone’s satisfaction. But we certainly have another occasion to discuss them here. If you started from scratch in a laboratory, you’d have a hard time constructing a candidate who more precisely served as an avatar for Toronto’s status quo power establishment, the modern-day Family Compact, than John Tory. I mean, his name is literally Tory — the political label for establishment traditionalism — which is a bit on the nose, to be honest.

Still, for the progressives who joined his office or allied with him at city council, this was his appeal. Can you give Tory credit for that? Not many would. And assuming it gets finished, he probably won’t be there to cut the ribbon.

 

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No it won’t. The grand love story that ended life as he knew it will be his legacy.

The legacy faint hope clause will have to be invoked on that puppy.

Pandering, useless politicking. That’s all he did. He made no hard decisions, he showed no leadership. The people asked for ice cream and he gave it to them by taking from others and ignoring real problems. That’s his legacy.

Is this sarcastic?

He looks like skelator in this photo lol 😆

What do you mean no drama? Housing, TTC, policing are a mess. People froze to death on the streets. He spent more money terrorizing unhoused people than it would have taken to house them. The city is a mess after his tenure.

Passive public servants are,,,

The status quo, good enough -which really means neglect for last 8-12 yrs, penny pinching, car centric, zero ambition mayoral leadership-or lack of-has everything to do with the downward shabby concrete grey mess the city is in now. Should be a great city & it is not. Toronto

The city, housing and the TTC are a mess. The city has put bike lanes on major routes that TTC shuttle bues need to run when the system is down. Garbage, bad homeless policy,rampant drug use. Toronto is worse off.

Cast your vote this year for Isabella Gamk for Toronto Mayor 2023! 'It's The Right Thing To Do!'

Sad day for the GTA he should have never resigned. Truedope and his regime have so many scandals, and most have hidden playmates around. Don't kid yourselves.

Lol. Pretty dramatic end though!

Broke and in disarray.

Yes, was refreshing not having the crackhead brother of fordnation running the show

a crook who cheats on his wife wont hesitate to cheat you.

No drama and no action.

lol okay sure

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