Wednesday, November 6, 2013
John Tory undecided on run for mayor
“In some respects, the answer to that is ‘No’ because you look at the whole thing and you know it just takes such a terrible toll,” he said Wednesday morning.
“It's not because you have issues, it’s just because the whole thing is very intrusive to your life,” said Tory, chair of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance, one of three organizations releasing a report on diversity among executives in the health-care sector at an Ontario hospitals conference.
Tory said he will make a decision on whether to run closer to the next municipal election, which is still a year away. The intrusiveness of the media and public on a politician’s personal life is one of many issues he has to weigh in coming to a decision, he said.
“You look at this and you see that it takes its toll. Some of this would not be happening ... if he wasn’t in public office,” Tory said.
“When (politicians) have issues, they play themselves out on the front page of the paper while everybody else who has these issues gets to deal with them privately,” he added.
In a stunning admission Tuesday, Toronto’s mayor admitted he had smoked crack cocaine after months of denial and being dogged by reporters.
Tory, former leader of the Ontario Conservative party, said Ford should take a leave of absence to get his problems sorted out and to allow the city government to get back to business.
“It has been left in an unfortunate place because a number of the councillors have already served notice that they are not going to adopt a business-as-usual (approach).
“This isn’t going to lend to the maximum amount of time being spent on transportation or housing or whatever, so it takes away from the effectiveness of the government.”
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