Mayor John Tory taps Beaches-East York candidate to be ‘relief line champion’

Mayor John Tory announced Friday he would appoint a Beaches-East York council candidate as his “relief line champion” if both are elected on Oct. 22.

At a campaign event at Main Street subway station, Tory said he would select Brad Bradford as council booster for the subway project, despite the fact Bradford isn’t running in one of the three wards through which the line would run.

Tory, who has previously said his administration was already doing everything possible to advance the relief line, didn’t specify what duties the “relief line champion” position would entail.

In an email, a spokesperson for the mayor’s re-election campaign said, “as a champion for the project, Brad Bradford will have a laserlike focus on the project and work with council and city staff to make sure the relief line gets built.”

“This is one more example of how Mayor Tory works with others to get things done for Toronto residents,” wrote Keerthana Kamalavasan.

Explaining why the mayor had selected a candidate outside the project area, she said the relief line would “have a positive impact on Ward 19 residents and the entire city.”