Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

September 10, 2010 12:15 ET

Rocco Rossi Picks Up Steam as More Supporters From Across Political Spectrum Join Team

Toronto Mayoral Candidate Caps Week of Policy Announcements Aimed at Fixing City Hall

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2010) - With seven weeks to go until Torontonians choose their next mayor, the Rocco Rossi mayoral campaign is picking up steam.

In the past two weeks, Mr. Rossi's campaign has more than doubled its volunteer base and key team members have joined his team. Rossi's support has soared and the most recent poll has him neck in neck for second place after changing campaign managers, adding key members to his team, and releasing innovative policy ideas like voter recall, term limits, internet and phone voting, reducing the size of council, and adding a Board of Control at City Hall.

Rocco Rossi's straight-talking, ideas-driven campaign has dominated the race over the past two weeks in offering voters a package of proposals aimed at restoring accountability and trust to City Hall.

Rossi's campaign continues to attract more endorsements, supporters and volunteers from all parties, underscoring the fact that Rossi is the sole consensus candidate in the race.

Today, Rocco Rossi welcomed the addition of some key players to his team including:

  • Gordon Chong, former City and Metro councillor. Chong is an acknowledged leader in Toronto transit policy and his list of accomplishments includes serving as vice-chairman of the Toronto Transit Commission and on the GO Transit board of directors from 2000-2006, including as chairman of the board during a portion of that period. He is also a founding member of the Toronto Mayor's Committee on Community and Race Relations.
  • Stanley Hartt O.C., Q.C, a former Federal Deputy Minister of Finance and Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Mr. Hartt's legal career spanned 20 years at Stikeman Elliott, where he was a partner. He is also former chairman of Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc.

"I've spent more than 30 years in and around municipal politics," said Chong, "and I have decided that Rocco Rossi is the best candidate for Mayor. He's not from the current City Hall culture and he doesn't have the baggage that others may have.

"Rocco is a reflective, determined individual who will bring pragmatic experience from the business world. But he also understands what it takes to be Mayor of Toronto and a partner in the GTA. And for me, what's crucial is that Rocco will deliver on transportation and economic development," Chong said.

Four other prominent figures climbing on board the Rossi campaign this week are:

  • Jennifer Wood, currently a candidate for City Council in Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth. She is a leading contender to replace the respected retiring Councillor Case Ootes. Wood has been employed with the Royal Bank of Canada for 10 years and is currently Senior Legal Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions.
  • Dennis Mills, former Liberal Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth and a key organizer of several large-scale policy-driven events in Canada. Mills was the driving force behind the highly-successful Rolling Stones concert in Toronto aimed at helping revive the city's tourism and entertainment industry after the SARS crisis.
  • Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the Liberal Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre. During the last session of Parliament, Wrzesnewskyj was Vice-Chair of the Caucus Committee on Justice. He was instrumental in securing the Government of Canada's commitment to send 500 election observers to Ukraine for the December 2004 Presidential election. A native of Etobicoke, Wrzesnewskyj is the current president and owner of both the Future Bakery and M-C Dairy, which are headquartered in Etobicoke.
  • Dennis Timbrell, who served as a Progressive Conservative Ontario M.P.P. from 1971 to 1987 and won five successive elections under former Premiers Bill Davis and Frank Miller. During that time Timbrell was a cabinet minister, heading three key departments – Energy, Health and Agriculture and Food.
  • Paul Burns joins the Rossi campaign staff as a Director of Organization. A seasoned political advisor, Burns most recently served as Senior Advisor to Toronto Mayor David Miller. Prior to joining the Mayor's office, he served as the Director of Organization for Miller's campaign for Mayor and as National Operations Director for Peter MacKay's successful campaign for Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

Further biographical information for each of these individuals can be found on the campaign website at

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