WATCH: Councillor Jaye Robinson has publicly endorsed John Tory as the mayoral race continues to heat up.
TORONTO – Don Valley West Councillor Jaye Robinson is officially putting her support behind mayoral candidate John Tory.
Robinson made the announcement at a joint press conference with Tory at York Mills station Monday morning.
“From the very beginning I have supported John because I think he’s the right fit for the city at this time,” said Robinson.
“He’s hard working. He is a collaborator. He’s dedicated, committed and experienced. But best of all, John knows how to get things done.”
The Ward 25 councillor, who is also seeking re-election, has been a vocal supporter of Tory in recent months especially on the issue of transit and his SmartTrack plan.
“John’s plan is the best. It’s the fastest and the most economically viable,” Robinson said.
The “SmartTrack” line is a two-way surface subway service Tory says will run all-day from near Pearson Airport in the west-end of the city to all the way northeast to Unionville, Markham using the existing GO Train tracks.
Tory has tried to differentiate himself from Rob Ford thus far in the campaign by saying he is able to work with councillors of varying political stripes.
Robinson though is only the second councillor to support the mayoral candidate (John Fillion being the first).
Tory however, is sure there are more endorsements on the way.
“If we did everything on one day then we’d have nothing to do a week Thursday. So there will be plenty of council support for me, far more than two,” he told reporters Monday morning. “We will have them speaking to you in the days ahead.”
Tory is currently leading most polls but Doug Ford’s entry into the campaign could change things dramatically: a poll released the day after Ford’s announcement suggested the mayor’s brother was holding onto a strong second place behind Tory.
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