TORONTO, Ont. – Longtime politician Doug Holyday was presented with the key to the city, Tuesday, as he leaves his position as deputy mayor to move into provincial politics.
Holyday, who has been in politics since the late 1970′s, was elected as MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore – representing the Progressive Conservatives – following the August 1 byelection.
“I know that it is a great honour. Very few have received the key to the city, and I’ll be displaying this proudly for the rest of my life,” Holyday said, adding that this came as a surprise.
He said he plans to display it proudly for the rest of his life.
Mayor Rob Ford did the honours at City Hall, presenting Holyday with the ceremonial key while describing him as a friend and mentor.
“Doug Holyday has dedicated his life to serving the residents of Etobicoke and Toronto, a well respected politician that always, always stands for what’s right,” Ford said.
To describe Holyday in one word, Ford said that word would be ‘solid,’ and that the new MPP has stood beside him through thick and thin, supporting him when others did not.