Mayor John Tory’s future is uncertain, The New York Times reports. Days after the report came out, Toronto’s Chief-of-Staff Eve Adams tweeted: “Pleased to see that political pundits can no longer predict @JohnTory’s next move & that his job is no longer up for political grabs.” We asked Mayor Tory for comment and here’s what he had to say.
Will you be staying at the mayor’s office or will you be stepping down now?
I am going to be here until my mandate ends in October 2022.
So, you’re staying?
And do you think you’ll be able to do that?
Well, [I’m] going to be here until the mandate ends in October 2022.
Could you stay?
I’ve always intended to stay as long as people want me to serve them.
Do you have some advice for people who are speculating as to what your next move is?
That I shouldn’t make decisions about my own future until I finish my job here.
Can you tell us what you’ve learned about your legacy as mayor from this past year?
I am not the first politician to serve his mandate. The 26 years I spent in public service before I became mayor were many, many years of learning, of meeting people, of trying to understand problems, of sharing ideas. It takes an enormous amount of time to learn. So, this is no different. As you look back you take a picture and there’s certain stuff you see that looks like a bag of Doritos, but there are other parts where you look at the shots you take and know for sure that you weren’t lucky and that those things were really important.
What’s your main area of concern in the next year as you think about what to do next?
I feel very strongly about the challenges that Toronto faces. I think one of the real challenges that we all face as human beings is that we have to understand and meet the need. But it is also about making government work better. And I think it is about ensuring that government works in the interests of all citizens. I think that the challenge for the next year and a half is to continue to make Toronto a better place. And part of that is being good at listening and not forgetting that it is all part of working together. Part of working together is being open and not being closed to new ideas and new ideas.
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