Tory at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s “Visionaries” event last November. Photo from the Chamber’s Flickr.
John Tory issued a statement a few minutes ago, announcing that he will not be entering Toronto’s mayoral race. Instead, he will become the new volunteer chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, the city-building organization founded by David Pecaut. This leaves George Smitherman as by far the biggest name in the race—at least for the moment. Then again, the Elections Office has only been accepting nominations for three days, so who knows what turn things will take tomorrow?
Here is the full text of his statement:
I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the office of Mayor of Toronto in the 2010 municipal elections.
I am extremely gratified by the degree of support offered to me on the streets, in public opinion polls and in the committed support of a significant number of City Councillors, however I have decided that I will pursue a different course with my life and my career.
Just prior to the sad passing of David Pecaut, he wrote to me and urged me to seriously consider taking the helm of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, which he did so much to build into a huge force for city building. The Board of the TCSA has subsequently confirmed their desire to have me occupy this volunteer post and I intend to accept that appointment. It will give me a great opportunity not only to carry on the vital work of the TCSA and build on David Pecaut’s considerable legacy, but also to remain a very active contributor to the city I love and call home.
I will also be continuing with other activities I am very much enjoying including the hosting of my daily talk show on Newstalk 1010, increased responsibilities with Rogers following the passing of my friend and mentor Ted Rogers, other corporate Boards and business assignments and a myriad of charitable responsibilities with organizations ranging from the United Way and St. Michael’s Hospital to Unity for Autism and Easter Seals. This decision will also leave more time for family, including Barbara, our four children and two grandchildren.
I want to thank all of the people who encouraged me to contest the Mayoralty, especially those who helped me establish the foundation for a strong organization, and all of the citizens who communicated with me in person or otherwise to express their confidence in me.
I look forward to the opportunity to be a commentator and analyst in the campaign to come. That will be a new experience!
I also look forward to continuing to be an activist citizen and using my energy and experience to help build a better Toronto.