TIMELINE: John Tory’s political history

Former politician turned talk show host John Tory has announced that he will be running in the Toronto mayoral election. Here is a list of his political history.

Nov. 8, 2013: The website for the Draft John Tory movement calls on Tory to run for mayor.

April 29, 2013: Tory supports the Scarborough subway extension over light rail transit, saying “it’s the only extension that comes close to making sense from a financial point of view.”

Jan. 14, 2013: As chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Tory calls gridlock a “paralysis” on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

July 26, 2012: Tory releases his report on proposed redevelopment of Ontario Place, calling for mixed-use residences, businesses and recreational space. Tory, who was tapped by the government to head the advisory panel, said a casino is not in the plans.

Aug. 5, 2010: Despite heavy speculation Tory confirms that he will not run in the mayoral election in order to continue his radio show and become head of the Toronto City Summit Alliance.

Mar. 6, 2009: Tory steps down as leader of the Progressive Conservative party.

Mar. 5, 2009: Tory runs for MPP of Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock in a byelection following the resignation of PC MPP Laurie Scott. Tory loses by less than 1,000 votes to Liberal Rick Johnson.

Oct. 10, 2007: Tory loses the Ontario general election in his home riding of Don Valley West to Kathleen Wynne. With the Liberal victory, Tory also loses the premiership to Dalton McGuinty.

Mar. 29, 2005: Tory is elected MPP for Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey.

Sept. 28, 2004: Tory is elected as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party following the resignation of Ernie Eves. Tory beat out former provincial Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees for the job.

November 2003: Tory runs in the Toronto mayoral election and comes in second to David Miller.

Before entering politics Tory was a partner in his father’s law firm, as well he served as a commissioner of the Canadian Football League and was president and CEO of Rogers Media.

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