“It’s Todd Ross time in Toronto Centre”
At last an open nomination has unleashed a competitive field of candidates to the streets and lobbies of Toronto Centre conjuring up support and generating much needed renewal for the Liberals.
Todd Ross stands out amongst the impressive field for the depth of his relationship to the neighbourhoods, communities and the people of Toronto Centre. I know that because I first met Todd in 1994 while I worked on Barbara Hall’s successful Mayoral effort and just after he had been drummed out of the Canadian Navy on account of his sexual orientation.
Sometime later Todd and I teamed up on an array of projects from helping get Marc Hall and his bf to the school prom over the pronounced wishes of the Durham Catholic School Board (we actually paid for the Limo), as my cycling training partner and ride companion as we tackled the Northumberland Hills in support of raising funds for people living in our community with AIDs. In fact, picture an event or happening of importance over decades and chances are that if it happened in Toronto Centre Todd Ross was there and probably had his finger in it somehow.
His territory and reach is as expansive as the relationships that Toronto Centre encompasses, that is to say global. Amongst numerous charitable efforts and good natured assistance Todd Ross has led a successful class action law suit to get justice for LGBT Canadians like him mistreated by the military, he helped communicate the plight of hundreds of Tamil migrants coming ashore in British Columbia, he combined his Metis heritage and political knowledge to aid in the work of the Metis Nation of Ontario.
Did I mention that he is a climate change champion and a long time proponent for people living in the community with mental illness and that he has a very deep knowledge of the health system especially in Toronto Centre?
And I know for a fact that he has been a good partner, son and son in law and a nurturing pet owner as well.
Todd is so pure he even refused to pick up the other candidate’s campaign literature when we found it at the doors (I argued in favour of recycling).
Snarly wags who are around might want to mention that in a past Toronto Centre battle Todd and I were not on the same page as I put my own dreams aside and leant support to Chrystia Freeland in her maiden run for politics. I have been glad to have her there in Ottawa as a counter balance to Putin and other global threats and I will be just as glad to have Todd at Queen’s Park protecting the interests of the extraordinary Ontarians who live in and relate to Toronto Centre, a cherished place and people.
Let’s rally for Todd in Toronto Centre and use our energy to help put the brakes on the campaign of the world’s worst brother Doug Ford!!!
Toronto Centre MPP
1999 – 2010