Ana Bailao wins promotion to deputy mayor
West-end councillor fills position left vacant this summer after passing of longtime Coun. Pam McConnell
West-end Coun. Ana Bailao has been promoted to deputy mayor.
Mayor John Tory announced the latest change to his inner-circle at a morning news conference in Little Portugal. Tory also appointed Coun. Joe Mihevc to lead the city's poverty reduction strategy.
The two positions have been vacant since Coun. Pam McConnell died this summer.
Bailao, who chairs the city's affordable housing committee, becomes one of Tory's four deputy mayors. She said Friday that she has "big shoes to fill."
"I definitely learned a lot from her, I definitely received a lot of encouragement from her," Bailao told reporters of her predecessor. "And I know that today she would have looked at me and she would have said, 'Proud of you sister.'"
This week, councillors paid tribute to their late colleague before declaring her Toronto Centre-Rosedale seat vacant. McConnell's post will be filled by appointment. Anyone interested has until Oct. 23 to declare, and council is set to make its decision at its November meeting.
Bailao's appointment marks the second deputy mayor position to change hands in recent weeks. Tory forced Coun. Vincent Crisanti out of his deputy mayor post after Crisanti spoke at an event where Doug Ford declared he'd be running for the city's top job in next year's election. Coun. Stephen Holyday was brought in to fill that position.
Meanwhile, Mihevc said he is "delighted" to lead the city's poverty reduction effort.
"If there has been a light that has gone on in Toronto and Toronto city council in the last little while, it has been that Toronto can make a contribution to alleviating poverty," Mihevc said.
"We're not just going to point the finger at other orders of government. We can act, we have acted and we're going to do more."