Transport Minister, Lisa Raitt, Endorses Tory as Toronto Mayor

Federal Transport, Minister Lisa Raitt, has openly endorsed Toronto mayoral candidate, John Tory, on Monday while praising him as a consensus-builder. However, the minister failed to promise or even discuss the SmartTrack rail proposal that is the centrepiece of his campaign.

The Conservative MP for Halton and former chief executive of the Toronto Port Authority, Raitt, has become the most senior and influential federal official to have publicly backed Tory. So far, Tory has acquired endorsements by several Liberal provincial ministers, including Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid. Tory has boasted to be best positioned to work with Queen’s Park and Ottawa. In her remarks, Raitt stressed that “the only way to get things done in our fantastic area is by co-operation. And I can tell you that John can get along with people, John can lead people, John can negotiate with people, John can get to an end result. And that’s exactly what we need here in Toronto.”

Tory is currently seeking almost $2.7 billion from the federal government for the 53-kilometre SmartTrack line, however Raitt refrained from commenting on the matter at all. She openly stated that “I cannot stand here today and indicate that I have a cheque for you, John, I’m terribly sorry about that. But that being said, what I can tell you is I know that John’s someone we can work with,” adding “and whatever that may mean in terms of what citizens of Toronto want.”

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