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The emerging leader of ONTARIO – JOHN TORY

John Tory - Leader of the Ontario PC Party & Leader of the Official Opposition

Met with African Canadian Communities in Toronto, August 30, 2005 at Queens Park..


It was Tommy Douglas who once said "My friends watch out for the little fellow with an idea” and another famous politician went on to say “the little fellow can become a giant if he becomes fearless. Fearless to lead, fearless to deal with lawlessness, fearless to achieve consensus and take action, fearless to bring all communities under one umbrella and fearless to provide equal level playing field and opportunity for all, where information, access and continued growth and sustained economic prosperity is the key, where, then followers become leaders and leaders become pioneers".

 
 

Dr Baba J Adamu has always been pro-active in Democracy and promoting International Trade and Democracy throughout the world. He participated in the Canada Trade Mission to Africa with Canadian Minister Pettigrew which was held on November 15 - 26, 2002. Johannesburg, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria, Dakar, Senegal following the G-8 commitment towards Africa. Dr. Baba Jibrin Adamu, a Nigerian -Canadian; and is the CEO of iNetworks Canada, in Toronto, Canada.

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When John Tory ran for the Major of Toronto, he was termed “the little fellow” by foes and friends alike despite tons of experiences and records of achievement to his candidacy as a result of many successful years of service as businessman, lawyer, volunteer and community activist, as one time Commissioner of the Canadian Football League and the CEO of ROGERS Cable & Telecommunications company. He was thought of as a little more than a little politician when people see how he lead his campaign and came close to wining the mayoral race. Little did his detractors realize that this “little fellow” is a giant fellow in disguise.  A man of action with great ideas and wisdom. Ideas that will transform Ontario and turn the city of Toronto around, away from leaders that promised and fail to deliver, away from rising crime rate in our communities and deterioration, far away from the inaction, indecision and total lack of leadership. The people of Ontario understood John Tory’s real mission because on March 17, 2005, after winning his second ballot in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race, Osgoode alumnus John Tory was elected as MPP for the riding of Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey.

 

 John Tory has always demonstrated strong leadership skills and the ability to bring people together and build consensus, little wonder that he has embarked in consultation with various community at a Round-Table Discussions at different levels to determine real issues, and take necessary steps to address them, while at the same time watching out for the Ontarians at Queens Park. John Tory is putting his conservative principles to work by standing up for the rural way of life and our farmers, fighting wasteful spending, building strong cities and towns, and doing what he says he will do. Most importantly, John Tory is re-igniting the PC Party and is bringing a traditional Ontario Progressive Conservative Party belief that prosperity is the key to protecting vital public services like health care, education, security and access to jobs, information, rights, etc..

One such Round-Table Discussion was the 4th Round Table Discussion with the leaders

and representative of all African Canadian Communities (Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Zimbabwe/South Africa and members of the Caribbean), which took place on August 30, 2005, at Queens Park.

 

Those who attended the meeting were: Prof Isa Odidi, ND Nigeria, Dr. Baba J. Adamu ND Nigeria, Dr. Yusuf I Jimeta ND Nigeria, Ken Veffers, Mohammed Toloba Zumunta Ghanian Muslim Association (ZGMA), Mohammed Sani ZGMA, Mustapha Raji ZGMA, Amanuel Melles African Canadian Social Dev. Council, Charles Gwira Eldan Data Systems, Fred Poku - Bonso Sankofa Heritage Foundation, David Firang Graduate Student, Anthony Sherwood, Mohammed Banda Graduate Student, Howard Wright Law Office, Jerry King, Gustad Quise, Gary Clement, Lucky Ighodaro ND Nigeria, Jeffrey Squire York University, Delores Lawrence, Francis B. Sam OBSE GYNE Zimbabwe, Kassoum Diamoutene Malian Association, Jacoves Toure Senegalese Association, Sulaiman Oggu Association of Northern Nigeria in Canada, Dr. Ola Kassim NIDO Americas and Gwyn Chapman TV & Media TalkShow in Toronto.

 

From the Ontario PC Party, there were: Norm Miller, MPP, Blair McCreadie Ontario PC President, Jeff Graham Ontario PC 7th Vice President and many others, including John Tory Team Organizers: Catherine Pringle, Maripe Perez, Executive Assistant to the Leader, Judith Baird Communications.

 

The theme of the discussion was to find ways to address issues such as: security and violence, health, employment, education and other issues affecting African Canadian in Ontario. Many questions centered on what the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party strategy will be in terms addressing the healthcare issue, the issue of education and more specifically, tuition fess and after school activities for young children. Other issues discussed were that of employment and equal opportunity for African Canadians in Ontario, the issue of high rates of Insurance that new immigrants pay despite having excellent driving record before coming to Canada. The issue of accreditation of foreign certificates, degrees and whether or not the PC intends to introduce a new bill on education. The discussion, by all standard was a fruitful one and the "How do we get what we want with what we have?" question lead John Tory to assure the African Communities that, there are always several different ways to combine the available resources, and the collective mental resources of the African community in solving its problem, “because they are our collective problems and we will find the best and workable solution to them. Whether Healthcare, education, employment or security, it is a bit like quality: it can always be improved, and we will do our very best to address them”.

 

John Tory understands that the most important aspect of community development is education; it is about encouraging people to share their ideas, work together and speak their minds. It is also about education parents how to take responsibility towards their children. Today, the Ontario PC Party has set out an ambitious action plan to reach out to various African Communities, and encourage them to display the values of hard work, humility and excellence.  

 

As the Ontario PC Party President, Blair McCreadie said “The people of Ontario voted for change in the last election - as they did back in 1995 when we came to office. And they will again a few years down the road when they see the damage that the Liberals are about to inflict on our province's economy” John Tory’s government will build a better quality of life for every family in Ontario, he will create an equal opportunity for success, to support the most vulnerable, and to devote his energy and experience to seeing the promise of Canada fulfilled in Ontario. Finally an implementation and to-the-minute matrix was proposed in which the essential issues raised and ways to further expand the horizon of the Ontario PC Party within the African Canadian Communities will be formalized through an Executive Committee on behalf of the whole community.

 

Until now, the African Canadians have always seen the Ontario PC Party as unapproachable, and close and inept to African Canadian issues. The emergence of John Tory as the leader of the Party, and the role he has been playing so far at Queens Park is seeing a sweeping turn around and attraction of new converts. The African Communities are increasingly saying that John Tory is their man come 2007. They are ready to swim with John Tory simply because he is a man of his words, strong and committed, tough yet humble, decisive and visionary, a leader that can unite and build consensus, and the one that can deliver what he promises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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