September 29, 2014 12:20 pm
Updated: September 30, 2014 2:42 pm

Liberal cabinet minister endorses John Tory for mayor of Toronto

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WATCH: David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale, gave his endorsement Monday morning to Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory.

TORONTO – Cabinet minister David Zimmer added his name to the growing list of people endorsing John Tory for mayor.

The MPP, standing beside Tory, made the announcement Monday morning at a short press conference at the mayoral candidate’s headquarters.

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“What we need as a province and what my constituents need in Willowdale… is a responsible partner that the province can work with to sort out and to solve all of the challenges that Toronto faces,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer, the MPP for Willowdale and minister of aboriginal affairs, named congestion, transportation and development as some of Toronto’s most pressing issues.

Zimmer joins Scarborough-Centre MPP Brad Duguid as cabinet members who have endorsed Tory.

Tory, speaking on CP24, shortly after the press conference finished, said Zimmer’s endorsement sends the message that only he can work with the province to build transit.

The endorsement comes the same day a poll by Mainstreet Technologies, a new firm which also does work for politicians, concluded recent candidate Doug Ford was gaining support.

WATCH: The latest poll on the Toronto mayoral race tells us that John Tory is still in front – with Doug Ford trailing in second.

Ford’s support, according to Monday’s poll, suggested Ford had 30 per cent support among Toronto voters, up seven points from a poll by the same company last week.

But the poll is at odds with a Ipsos Reid poll for Global News released Friday which gave Tory a 22 over both Ford and Olivia Chow with 48 per cent support.

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