John Tory Chooses Denzil Minnan-Wong to Be Deputy Mayor
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John Tory Chooses Denzil Minnan-Wong to Be Deputy Mayor

The selection of Minnan-Wong and a largely right-wing executive committee sets the stage for the next four years of city governance.


Umbrella enthusiasts beware: Mayor John Tory has chosen right-wing councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East) to serve as deputy mayor, and wants to put him on the Waterfront Toronto board, too.

Tory will also ask council to appoint three additional (and largely ceremonial) deputy mayors—Vincent Crisanti (Ward 1, Etobicoke North), Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre), and Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Toronto Centre)—to represent the west, east, and south ends of the city.

But Minnan-Wong, representing the north end (which, incidentally, is the only cardinal quadrant of the city that does not abut the waterfront) will be the statutory deputy mayor, which may entail performing the mayor’s duties should Tory fall ill, say, or get caught smoking crack. Council will have the final say on his appointment to the Waterfront Toronto board.

Minnan-Wong is a social and fiscal conservative who voted with former mayor Rob Ford nearly 75 per cent of the time over the past four years (including to eliminate community environment days, cut the vehicle registration tax, and reduce funding for AIDS programs). He also served on Ford’s executive committee.

He has been hypercritical of Waterfront Toronto, and during his time as councillor has repeatedly lobbed unfounded accusations of spendthriftiness at the government agency. In June, he dragged reporters down to Sugar Beach, a multiple award–winning public space, so he could cavil about the supposedly outrageous cost of its 36 umbrellas, which are, of course, not simple patio parasols, but all-weather steel structures built to last decades.

Those wishing for a more moderate approach to city governance than the one we’ve seen of late may also be disappointed by Tory’s executive committee selections, of which just two voted with Ford less than 50 per cent of the time over the past four years. They may also be rankled by the return of Ford loyalist Frances Nunziata as speaker.

And so the Tory era has begun.

Deputy mayors

Statutory/north: Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East)

West: Vincent Crisanti (Ward 1, Etobicoke North)

East: Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre)

South: Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale)
Executive committee and committee chairs

Community Development and Recreation: James Pasternak (Ward 10, York Centre)

Economic Development: Michael Thompson (Ward 37, Scarborough Centre)

Government Management Committee: Paul Ainslie (Ward 43, Scarborough East)

Licensing and Standards: Cesar Palacio (Ward 17, Davenport)

Parks and Environment: Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest)

Planning and Growth: David Shiner (Ward 24, Willowdale)

Public Works and Infrastructure: Jaye Robinson (Ward 25, Don Valley West)

Ana Bailão (Ward 18, Davenport)

Gary Crawford (Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest)

Frank Di Giorgio (Ward 12, York South-Weston)

Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York)
Special Committees

Budget: Gary Crawford (Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest)

Housing: Ana Bailao (Ward 18, Davenport)

TTC Chair: Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence)
Police Board

John Tory

Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East)

Chin Lee (Ward 41, Scarborough-Rouge River)

Frances Nunziata (Ward 11, York South-Weston)
Deputy speaker

Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East)

Additional information from Matt Elliott’s City Council Scorecard