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John Tory explains his 'code of conduct' he would bring to City Hall if he's elected Mayor of Toronto
Photo: Russ Courtney/NEWSTALK 1010

Toronto Mayoralty hopeful John Tory is out with a personal and political code of conduct that promises to put into place, should he win the election in October.

It's a 10-point plan that flows directly from the Rob Ford mess.

The vast majority of Tory's 'code' contains items that can be seen as clear shots at Rob Ford; things like "I will not compile and enemies list," and "I will always treat city staff with respect."

Here is Tory's complete 'code of conduct':

LEADING A GREAT CITY

1. I will respect and defend our laws, not break them. I will act with the highest degree of integrity, honesty and professionalism that public office demands.  In short, I will respect the law.

2. I will show up for work each day to get things done, and I will do this in a transparent manner. This includes keeping a weekly schedule that is public and easily accessible.

3. I will conduct, at a minimum, a weekly press availability that is open and honest. Fostering meaningful and open civic dialogue requires a Mayor who answers questions – not runs from them.

MAKE CITY COUNCIL WORK FOR TORONTO

4. I will build and promote strong working relationships with neighbouring municipalities and other levels of government without regard to their political stripe. Torontonians want tangible and meaningful results and that means working together.

5. I will mend relationships and build bridges in a divided City Council by working with every member on an issue-by-issue basis. The outcome needs to reflect a desire to make life better for Torontonians.

6. I will not compile an enemies list. Torontonians do not want a party system at city hall. I will use the mayor’s office to work with people, not carry on old fights.

7. I will always treat city staff with respect and professionalism. A Mayor can be tough and decisive without being overbearing and brash.

RESPECT TAXPAYERS WITH ACTIONS, NOT JUST WORDS

8. I will ensure that city resources are used exclusively for city business by tightening spending rules and oversight mechanisms. Not one public penny will be used on personal matters.

9. I will introduce real penalties for elected officials and public servants who abuse the privileges, responsibilities and trust that accompany public service. We work for Torontonians – not the other way around.

10. I will require all lobbyists to register in order to make our system more fair and accountable, including leveling the playing field for union lobbyists.

Tory unveiled his campaign platform plant from behind a podium with a sign that read 'RESPECT THE LAW.'

The former NEWSTALK 1010 host says it's time to "reset the bar" and hold Mayor Rob Ford  to account for behaviour that would get employees at most workplaces fired.

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John Tory explains his 'code of conduct' he would bring to City Hall if he's elected Mayor of Toronto
Photo: Russ Courtney/NEWSTALK 1010

Toronto Mayoralty hopeful John Tory is out with a personal and political code of conduct that promises to put into place, should he win the election in October.

It's a 10-point plan that flows directly from the Rob Ford mess.

The vast majority of Tory's 'code' contains items that can be seen as clear shots at Rob Ford; things like "I will not compile and enemies list," and "I will always treat city staff with respect."

Here is Tory's complete 'code of conduct':

LEADING A GREAT CITY

1. I will respect and defend our laws, not break them. I will act with the highest degree of integrity, honesty and professionalism that public office demands.  In short, I will respect the law.

2. I will show up for work each day to get things done, and I will do this in a transparent manner. This includes keeping a weekly schedule that is public and easily accessible.

3. I will conduct, at a minimum, a weekly press availability that is open and honest. Fostering meaningful and open civic dialogue requires a Mayor who answers questions – not runs from them.

MAKE CITY COUNCIL WORK FOR TORONTO

4. I will build and promote strong working relationships with neighbouring municipalities and other levels of government without regard to their political stripe. Torontonians want tangible and meaningful results and that means working together.

5. I will mend relationships and build bridges in a divided City Council by working with every member on an issue-by-issue basis. The outcome needs to reflect a desire to make life better for Torontonians.

6. I will not compile an enemies list. Torontonians do not want a party system at city hall. I will use the mayor’s office to work with people, not carry on old fights.

7. I will always treat city staff with respect and professionalism. A Mayor can be tough and decisive without being overbearing and brash.

RESPECT TAXPAYERS WITH ACTIONS, NOT JUST WORDS

8. I will ensure that city resources are used exclusively for city business by tightening spending rules and oversight mechanisms. Not one public penny will be used on personal matters.

9. I will introduce real penalties for elected officials and public servants who abuse the privileges, responsibilities and trust that accompany public service. We work for Torontonians – not the other way around.

10. I will require all lobbyists to register in order to make our system more fair and accountable, including leveling the playing field for union lobbyists.

Tory unveiled his campaign platform plant from behind a podium with a sign that read 'RESPECT THE LAW.'

The former NEWSTALK 1010 host says it's time to "reset the bar" and hold Mayor Rob Ford  to account for behaviour that would get employees at most workplaces fired.

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