Jan. 29, 2017

Mayor John Tory gave a 21-minute speech on Tuesday during his swearing-in ceremony that introduced his hero and mentor to the public. He paid tribute to his predecessors, including former deputy mayor Norm Kelly and former mayor Rob Ford.

Tory then laid out his vision and priorities for the city including delivering better transit, better housing, more jobs and an end to the “gridlock that is choking our streets.”

Below are some memorable quotes from his speech.

CityNews

Jan. 29, 2017

"Our role is not to fight the future. It is to be the future, the place in North America and the place in the world where new Canadians and young people find that first good job they’ve been looking for, where entrepreneurs want to come to launch their start-ups."

John Tory - Swearing in ceremony - December 2, 2014 - CityNews
Jan. 29, 2017

"Toronto is the engine of growth in Ontario and Canada and must remain strong economically and socially. These are important relationships with these two governments that need to be renewed and need to be strengthened.”
“I will rebuild trust, I will restore faith and I will regain respect for the City of Toronto at Queen’s Park and in Ottawa. And I think this will bring results for our city."

John Tory - Swearing in ceremony - December 2, 2014 - CityNews
Jan. 29, 2017

"Torontonians aren’t asking us for miracles. They don’t expect miracles of their elected representatives. What they want is visible progress and soon on a few critical and shared priorities. Transit and gridlock top this list at this moment in history and so on those subjects, it’s time to get to work. We will get SmarkTrack up and running in seven years. We will build the Scarborough subway and we will work with the TTC to improve existing service for its 1.5-million daily riders."

John Tory - Swearing in ceremony - December 2, 2014 - CityNews