John Tory has been elected the 65th mayor of Toronto.
Tory, a Toronto native and former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, entered the mayoral race on Feb 24. He championed his SmartTrack transit plan and sold himself as the stable, conservative option the city needs after the Rob Ford era.
Experts who have been following the polls won’t be too surprised. Tory has had a 10 to 12 point lead over Doug Ford for the last couple of weeks.
This was his second time running for mayor of the city. In 2003, Tory lost a close race to David Miller.
On Dec 1, the real work for Tory begins. He takes the helm of the city after a long and divisive campaign. He has promised to work to unite city council to tackle major issues including transit, housing and policing.