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Coun. Crisanti removed as deputy mayor

Last Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 6:51 am EDT

Mayor John Tory has relieved Coun. Vincent Crisanti of his duties as one of the city’s deputy mayors after the Ward 1 councillor announced he would be backing Doug Ford in the next mayoral election.

“I thank Councillor Crisanti for his time in this position. But based on his words and actions over the past few days, he has clearly stated he does not support my administration and intends to campaign for another candidate who has an approach that I believe will take the city backwards,” Tory said in a statement released Tuesday.

Coun. Stephen Holyday will be replacing Crisanti as the deputy mayor for Etobicoke.

“I’ve always believed that the Deputy Mayor positions are important – you have the solemn responsibility of representing the Office of the Mayor and you represent the views of the residents across your entire area,” Tory said in a statement.

“While I don’t expect to agree with my Deputy Mayors on every issue or every stance, I do expect that they are committed to my overall vision of building a stronger, fairer Toronto.”

Holyday was elected as the councillor for Ward 3 in 2014.

“He has been a diligent and honest member of Council and never failed to represent the interests of his residents,” Tory said.

“I am proud that Councillor Holyday has accepted my offer to take up this position and look forward to his sage advice on how we can better serve all the residents of Etobicoke.”