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Bonnie Crombie declared new Ontario Liberal leader after three rounds of votingCP24, Dec 2, 2023
TORONTO - Ontario Liberals have selected Bonnie Crombie, a three-term big city mayor and former MP who boasts that she gets under the skin of Premier Doug Ford, as their next leader to go head to head with the premier in the next provincial election.
Crombie was voted to the top job as the legislature's third party looks to rebuild following two successive electoral drubbings, and she said there is a lot of hard work ahead between now and the 2026 campaign.
Olivia Chow wins Toronto mayoral race
CP24, June 26, 2023
John Tory officially resigns as Toronto mayor after admitting to extramarital affairCBC, Feb 17, 2023
John Tory handed over his mayoral powers at Toronto city hall on Friday, saying leaving the job breaks his heart but is the "right thing to do" given recent events.
Tory made no direct mention in his last public statement as mayor of the reason for his decision to step down: an extramarital affair with a former staffer. He took no questions from reporters after delivering his remarks.
In his statement, Tory thanked his staff, his colleagues, the city's public service and the people of Toronto, saying he tried to unite the city during his tenure.
"All I tried to do was to be a mayor whose energy and drive matched that of the city itself, a mayor who tried hard to ensure that every part, every community, every person was included in the success story that is Toronto."
The clock on Tory's mayoral tenure ran out at 5 p.m., one week after he shocked the city by announcing his resignation and admitting he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a former staffer. He announced he would resign shortly after details of the relationship were first published by the Toronto Star.
Tory's undoing comes just months after he handily won a third-term re-election bid, promising steady leadership in uncertain times. His resignation brings about a period of political uncertainty in Toronto, marshalling an indefinite stint of interim leadership and an eventual mayoral byelection.
His final statement as mayor came hours after a man threw multiple eggs at Tory's office window at city hall early Friday morning.
Tory said when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the city, he continued to work hard, "by always being ready to serve." Doing so honoured essential workers in Toronto, including health-care workers, he said.
"That's what makes being Mayor of this city the best job anyone could have. And it's why it breaks my heart to leave. But leaving was the right thing to do, hard as it may be," he said.
Tory said he hoped to be remembered for doing the work of keeping the city stable. He said he also wants to be known for building new transit lines, getting housing built, keeping taxes affordable while investing in front-line services and demonstrating respect for all of Toronto's communities.
He added he will be focused on rebuilding trust with his family, but will also be looking for other ways to contribute to the city "in the days ahead."
Kristyn Wong-Tam to leave city council, run as NDP candidate in upcoming June electionCBC, April 8, 2022
(CBC) - Wong-Tam will look to replace NDP MPP for Toronto Centre, Suze Morrison, who will not seek re-election
Toronto city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam will not be seeking re-election for city council in October after announcing she will run as an Ontario NDP candidate in the upcoming June election.
In a statement posted to her website Friday morning, Wong-Tam said she decided to throw her hat in the ring for MPP for Toronto Centre "after a great deal of consideration and conversations with my family and close friends."
Wong-Tam has been city councillor for the area for almost 12 years.
"My love for Toronto Centre and our neighbourhoods runs deep. It is my home," Wong-Tam said.
Wong-Tam will look to replace current NDP MPP for Toronto Centre, Suze Morrison, who also announced earlier this week that she will not seek re-election.
"The amazing Ward 13 team will continue to work at full speed to support residents as well as the interim Councillor and ensure a smooth transition after the next municipal election," Wong-Tam said.
"To the mayor, members of city council and the Toronto Public Service, working alongside you has been a life-transforming experience and even more so during a global health pandemic." 'Champion for Toronto'
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she's overjoyed Wong-Tam is joining the NDP team. She said Wong-Tam has a passion for human rights and advancing equity, for promoting entrepreneurship and supporting the arts.
"Above all, Kristyn is a champion for Toronto and the people who live here," Horwarth said in a news release.
"She believes deeply in the promise this great city and the province holds. As a city councillor, they are on the front lines — seeing every day how people are impacted by chronic underinvestment."
Horwath said Wong-Tam has a drive to make homes more affordable for middle class and working families, and is a committed advocate for fixing health care and home care, and helping seniors age in their own homes.
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Toronto Centre MPP Suze Morrison won’t seek re-election
(Toronto Star) - New Democrat MPP Suze Morrison has decided not to run for re-election, citing health concerns.
In a statement released Monday, the MPP for Toronto Centre said she is struggling with severe pain from endometriosis.
“Standing alongside (NDP Leader) Andrea Horwath, the NDP caucus and the incredible people of Toronto Centre — and standing up to Doug Ford’s cuts — has been the greatest privilege of my life,” she said.
“But I need to step back for my health. I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2019. My pain has worsened over the past two years. I’m doing well, but being an MPP is a demanding role and I need to slow down for awhile and get my pain under control.”
Morrison said pain from the disorder “can be debilitating, as painful growths spread around the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and tissue. It can lead to infertility. People with endometriosis can live full, active lives and have great careers, and I plan to get my health on track so I’m able to do just that.”
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Morrison “is devoted to amplifying the voices of people who are marginalized, and lifting people up. She’s been a fierce champion for Toronto Centre residents, for tenants, and for the culture, character and diversity of the neighbourhoods in her riding.”
Morrison was first elected in 2018 and is one of three Indigenous New Democrat MPPs. She said she plans on “staying engaged with our progressive movement.”
The NDP is expected to hold a nomination meeting to choose a replacement.
Key Election Dates
The The 44th Ontario general election is tentatively scheduled to be held on June 4, 2026.
Marci Ien, MP
Liberal Party of Canada
Kristyn Wong-Tam, MPP
Chris Moise, City Councilor
Deborah Williams, Trustee
TDSB - Ward 10, University - Rosedale and Toronto Centre
Kevin Morrison, Trustee
TCDSB - Ward 9 - Toronto Centre
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