Councillor James Pasternak’s Statement on the Resignation of Mayor John Tory

Like many Torontonians, I’m both shocked and saddened to learn of Mayor Tory’s sudden and unexpected resignation. While I respect his decision to resign, it is a loss to the city.

When first elected, Mayor Tory stepped-up to steer Canada’s largest city through some of its toughest times. He brought stability and guided leadership at a crucial period in our history and he showed steady leadership during the Pandemic. He was a solid voice in fighting antisemitism, anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Asian hate and was the architect of the anti-hate campaign Toronto for All. He strengthened Canadian federalism by working with the other two levels of government and other municipalities to ensure Toronto received the support it needed to thrive as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

John’s willingness to work collaboratively across the political spectrum was always a key hallmark in his style of leadership and I want to thank him for his steady commitment to public service. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities he gave me and his commitment to supporting the needs of York Centre. I have never seen a public official work so hard and dedicate himself to the city we call home.

The future ahead is uncertain, but what remains firm is Council’s focus towards moving Toronto forward and serving our city’s constituents. I will work with Deputy Mayor McKelvie, my fellow councillors, and City staff over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and ensure that all residents receive the services they expect and the safety and peace of mind that comes with living in the great city of Toronto.

I wish Mayor Tory all the best in the future.

James Pasternak
City of Toronto Councillor, Ward 6 – York Centre
Chair of North York Community Council
Chair of Government General Committee

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