Mayors are important leaders in Canada

“It’s a big job. You’re the quarterback, the referee, the equipment manager, and the cheerleader – all at the same time. You’re seen as the person who controls everything, sometimes way beyond local government jurisdiction and definitely beyond what you actually control. People think you’re in charge, but you’re not really. When people are unhappy, they call you. It doesn’t matter what they are unhappy about – a big political issue, a family tragedy, or what happened on their morning commute – they call, and they want results. They reach to the leader who is closest to the people, and that’s the mayor. The role keeps evolving. It’s moved from a ‘chief magistrate’ to one that is something of a celebrity. But the bottom line is, it’s an awful lot of work and few people really understand it. It’s a job like no other.” - Former Canadian Mayor


Iveson served two terms as a city councillor before he was elected as mayor in the 2013, replacing Stephen Mandel who had served three terms. Iveson won the 2013 municipal election with 62 per cent of the vote.

He was re-elected in 2017, garnering 72.5 per cent of the vote with a campaign that focused on embracing new technology, urban densification, transit improvements and affordable housing.


The mayor is responsible for the delivery of city services, however, decisions regarding the level of services, the adding or deletion of services, are approved by council. The city's budget is set by the Budget Committee, whose chair is appointed by the mayor.[[7]]( The city manager, who serves as chief administrative officer and is the head of the Toronto public service is appointed at the recommendation of the mayor.[[6]](

The mayor is responsible for the efficient running of city council. The mayor serves as or delegates a speaker at meetings on the advice of council, and appoints councillors to chair the four standing committees (Economic and Community Development Committee; General Government and Licensing Committee; Infrastructure and Environment Committee; Planning and Housing Committee).

The mayor is the chair of the Executive Committee, which oversees major proposals, issues that affect government operations of more than one department or covered by more than one oversight committee, as well as the Striking Committee and Civic Appointments Committee. The mayor is a member of all Council committees.[[7]]( Some governmental organizations have independent oversight, such as the Toronto Police Services, and the mayor is automatically a member of the Toronto Police Services Board and the Canadian National Exhibition Board of Governors.............

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