Jul 11, 2023
By Jane Brown
Toronto Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie is reflecting on the last four months during her time in charge at Toronto City Hall.
“I love the people of Toronto and the residents have been so kind and so welcoming to me,” McKelvie told The Morning Zoom with Sam and Jane, “I’ve had the honour to do more than 120 events across all 25 wards, to meet people in all corners of this city, and this is a city of such great talent and such nice people.”
McKelvie suddenly took on the role of Toronto’s mayor after John Tory’s resignation in February.
And now in the transition to Olivia Chow, who will officially be declared mayor on Tuesday, McKelvie explained she is fully behind the new mayor despite her backing during the byelection campaign of candidate Ana Bailao.
“I hadn’t actually met Olivia Chow prior to the election. Since she was elected, we’ve sat down for two meetings. We’ve had great conversations and I’m sure we’re going to agree on a great great many things,” McKelvie continued.
And what about continuing on as deputy mayor under Olivia Chow?
“We haven’t had any conversations about portfolio for people. No matter what, I continue to serve the residents of Scarborough-Rouge Park, which is a great privilege,” McKelvie answered.
And yes, she’s going on vacation this summer!
“I’m going on a two week road trip with my daughter and I’m really looking forward to it,” said McKelvie.
Jennifer McKelvie also spoke about violence and public safety as priority issues for Toronto City Council and the new mayor, going forward.