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ISBN: 9781459409408-10

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From Mayor Crombie to Mayor Sewell

From: How We Changed Toronto


1978. At this time, Mayor Crombie was angling for the Conservative Party nomination in a downtown riding, and he made it clear he intended to leave city hall for Parliament Hill as soon

as a federal election was called. Donald MacDonald had decided to resign from Trudeau’s government, and when that occurred a date for a by-election would be set. Crombie announced his intention to run, and that meant there would be an opening in the mayor’s office come the municipal election in November. I had concluded that I had done about all I could as an alderman and that I should probably think of a run for the senior position.



John Sewell

A lifelong Torontonian, JOHN SEWELL grew up in the Beach neighbourhood and graduated from the University of Toronto Law School. After his career in city politics, he chaired an Ontario Royal Commission on land use policies, taught at Osgoode Hall Law School, worked as a columnist for The Globe and Mail and NOW Magazine, and wrote books on city planning and police. He is a member of the Order of Canada.