TORY'S INAUGURAL SPEECH: 'RESIST THE POLITICS OF DIVISION'

Dec 04, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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After being sworn-in for his second-term, Toronto Mayor John Tory promised to get on with building affordable housing, continuing transit expansion and investing in communities and public safety.
He asked the new, smaller council to help him tackle those priorities while continuing to keep the city affordable for residents.
(CP 24)
”We have to invest in what our fellow Torontonians have told us are their top priorities:  affordable housing, expanded and improved transit, and safe neighbourhoods, which are also inclusive and included.  We must do that while properly managing the City’s finances and keeping life as affordable as we can,” Tory told the 25 councillors.
While warning they will face challenges over the next four years, Tory committed to working with the other levels of government to build strong partnerships, and renewed his call for cooperation.
”I urge colleagues to work with me harder than ever to resist the politics of division which seem to be so prevalent in so many other places today … sometimes not too far away,” an apparent reference to Queen’s Park.
”We don’t have to divide and polarize here (at city council).  Our purpose is to continue to create a place where we bring people together.”
The mayor closed by saying the real work begins tomorrow (Wednesday) and he knows they’re up to that challenge.
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