David Johnson, a political veteran, has served twenty-six years as an elected official. First elected in 1972 at the age of 26 as an Alderman in East York, Dave later served ten years as Mayor of East York and member of Metropolitan Toronto Council before running in a successful by-election in the riding of Don Mills in 1993. He was re-elected in 1995 and was appointed to cabinet as Chair of Management Board of Cabinet.
He has recently served as President of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board and Assessment Review Board and currently serves as a Board Member of the Easter Seal Society of Ontario and as Chair of the Sport Alliance of Ontario.
Dave says he is running because Canadians deserve better government, one that is fiscally responsible and accountable. He adds that taxpayers dollars squandered on the sponsorship program should have been invested in our health care system which has received declining federal support.
In his nomination speech, Johnson said it is time for Canadians to have a government prepared to get tough on crime. He shares the concerns of Toronto residents that criminals are back on the street too readily and they cross Canadian borders and travel through Canadian airports with ease. The national gun registry has been ineffective in reducing crime and, because the cost has escalated far beyond the original budget, it has diverted funds from other security and policing needs.
Dave believes that Toronto needs a more effective voice in Ottawa saying that instead of endless empty rhetoric about a rail link to the airport some real support should be directed to Toronto’s public transit system.