Our mayor, the supposed champion of the Relief Line.
I smile when I get asked these kinds of questions because I look at all the people who went before me…and the first person, through his own advocacy and through his insistence—which I can assure you happens at every meeting, and Jennifer Keesmaat and others will tell you this—that when they come in and every meeting we have on transit I say are we staying on time with respect to the planning of the Relief Line. Because the Relief Line, I knew, from when I started to educate myself on this to be a candidate…nobody cites a time estimate of much less than 12 years. Why? Because it was so far back in planning because nobody has done anything at all. Nobody had done anything. No work at all. And I’ve been mayor for 18 months.
—Mayor John Tory, in conversation with the Toronto Star, discusses the inaction of past mayors on Toronto’s Downtown Relief Line.