Oct 25, 2022
By Jane Brown
Not only did John Tory win his third bid for Toronto’s mayor, he took 62-percent of the vote in Monday’s municipal election.
And Mayor Tory is already at his desk at Toronto City Hall Tuesday morning, saying he’s ready to continue his work, “with measures that is going to get more affordable housing built faster, but I will do it by way of consensus I hope by the way, because all of the people on council knocked on the same doors and heard the same thing, which is that people want us to be careful but they want us to move forward. They want to see us make some changes so that we can get more housing, including more affordable housing to get built faster and they want transit to get built.”
Tory’s closest main challenger was urbanist Gil Penalosa, with 18 percent of the vote, followed by Chloe Brown with 6-percent, both of whom featured prominently during the twop mayoral debates, including the one here at The ZoomerPlex earlier this month.
Mayor Tory told supporters during his acceptance speech he also plans to take a keener interest in the plight of people with mental illness, mental health issues and substance issues.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie also easily won a third term.
Crombie’s re-election bid was called early, as was Patrick Brown’s re-election in Brampton.
As for the former leaders of two provincial parties, both Andrea Horwath and Steven Del Duca won the contests for mayor of Hamilton and Mayor of Vaughan respectively, but by very close margins.
In Toronto, just 29-percent of eligible voters turned out to cast a ballot, which is a record low.
For the next Toronto city council, there were not many upsets or surprises, expect for veteran Mark Grimes.
He lost Etobicoke-Lakeshore to Amber Morley, who came second to Grimes in 2018.
Vincent Chrisanti was elected in Etobicoke North which did not have a Ford on the ballot for the first time in 20-years.
Ausma Malik was elected in Spadina-Fort York and becomes the first hijab-wearing woman on Toronto City Council.
Michael Thompson is returning to council from Scarborough Centre, despite facing charges of sexual assault, still to be tested in court.
In Toronto Centre, TDSB trustee Chris Moise easily beat a slew of other contenders. Moise is black and a member of the LGBTQ2S community.
In University-Rosedale, environmental lawyer Diane Saxe won a close race against Norm Di Pasquale.
In Ward 9 Davenport … Alejandro Bravo had an easy win replacing Ana Bailao, who did not seek re-election.
In Ottawa, long time mayor Jim Watson didn’t run, leaving the top job wide open.
It was won by political newcomer Mark Sutcliffe.
Back in the GTA, other mayors returning include Rob Burton in Oakville, Maryann Meed Ward in Burlington, and Gord Kranz was re-elected to a 14th term in Milton as he continues to be Canada’s longest serving Mayor.