John Filion has become the first sitting Toronto councillor to officially come out in support of John Tory in his bid for the mayor’s chair.
The Ward 23 councillor announced on Friday morning that he is supporting Tory.
Tory’s campaign team told CityNews political affairs specialist Cynthia Mulligan that although Coun. Jaye Robinson is also supporting Tory, Filion is the first to officially endorse him with a photo opportunity.
Tory has also received endorsements from MPP Mitzie Hunter and former councillors Kyle Rae and Case Ootes.
At a news conference on Friday morning, Tory said there is an obvious need for a new mayor.
“Rob Ford is totally out of gas when it comes to his ability to work with the members of city council and to work with the other governments,” Tory said.
“I think that is going to be so important to creating jobs in the city, to getting transit built, to getting the finances in even better order, and so to be able to work with Coun. Filion and many other members of city council and the other governments, is going to be fundamentally important thing for me.”
The mayoral candidate said he shares Filion’s vision of finding what is right for the community.
Last fall, Filion, along with Coun. Paul Ainslie, were behind the city council motions limiting Mayor Rob Ford’s powers.
Councillors had voted to curb Ford’s power on committees. He is unable to remove the deputy mayor or fire the heads of committees, including members of the executive committee.
The second motion, to strip Ford of emergency powers, was also proposed by Filion.
Torontonians head to the polls on Oct. 27.