Former Progressive Conservative leader John Tory has been elected the new mayor of Toronto. Tory won with 42% of the vote ahead of Doug Ford garnered 34% of the vote despite his late entry into the race. Former NDP MP Olivia Chow finished a distant third.
Doug Ford replaced his brother Rob Ford after he was diagnosed with cancer last month. Despite undergoing chemotherapy, the soon to be ex-mayor has been elected to his old city council seat in Etobicoke which is situated in the city’s west end.
Rob Ford put Toronto on the map for all the wrong reasons when video of him surfaced smoking crack cocaine. A litany of other bad behavior would soon follow. Toronto City Council would strip Ford of most of his powers. He steadfastly refused to resign and stood for re-election until his health troubles rendered him forced him to withdraw.
One thing is for certain. Politics in Toronto is bound to become far more boring and this will be a good thing. That is until the next election.
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