Feb 24, 2014

By Scott Walker

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After months of speculation, John Tory has made it official: he’s running for Mayor.

The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party filed registration papers at city hall this morning.

It’s Tory’s second run for the mayor’s job. He lost to David Miller in 2003.

In a statement to be posted on his website, Tory says “job one” is to build a downtown subway relief line. He also wants to lower taxes, bring more business to Toronto to widen the tax base, and make city council more cohesive. In what may be a jab at Mayor Rob Ford’s “us versus them” attitude, Tory says, “I’ve learned that you can’t conclude on the basis of your own opinion that that guy over there is wrong or you can’t work with him.”

Former T-T-C chair Karen Stintz also plans to officially launch her campaign today. She lists the downtown relief subway line as a priority for her as well

With Stintz and Tory entering the race, it means all the prominent candidates — including Ford and former budget chief David Socknaki — are on the political right or centre-right. There are no prominent candidates on the left. But NDP MP Olivia Chow could change that if she decides to run. So far, there is no word on when she might announce her intentions.


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