DEPUTY MAYOR McKELVIE NOT INTERESTED IN REPLACING JOHN TORY
Feb 16, 2023
By Bob Komsic
As John Tory prepares to leave the Mayor’s office Friday afternoon, Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie says replacing him is not on her radar.
In a statement, McKelive has made it clear that a smooth transition is top of mind.
”My top priority, the priority of all of Council, is the continued operations of local government for our residents.
I was honoured to be appointed Deputy Mayor at the start of this term, and I am completely committed to fulfilling the duties and obligations of that role,” her statement reads.
”As Deputy Mayor, i will oversee the operations of the Office of the Mayor from the moment Mayor Tory’s resignation is formally effective, until a new Mayor is elected by residents.”
”Residents can rest assured that my entire focus at this time is ensuring a smooth transition and continued good governance. It is in that spirit that I must clarify that I will not be seeking to run for Mayor in the upcoming by-election.”
At its next meeting, city council will be asked to declare the mayor’s office vacant, and to pass a by-law setting up a by-election.
Some municipal experts feel the vote to choose Tory’s successor will take place in May or June.