Hall Monitor: seen and heard in council chambers from Mayor John Tory about not being the premier of Ontario

This week at city council Arnold Chan was remembered by Toronto city councillors and Mayor John Tory for his public service and dedication to this community. The Liberal MP for Scarborough-Agincourt died at the age of 50 in September.

“Arnold [Chan] was a partisan. In fact it was said at his funeral that he loved – he loved and had a passionate, sort of, affair with the Liberal Party. And I can only attest to the fact that he did work in Premier Dalton McGuinty’s office and that the excellence of his work there is one of the reasons why I’m able to have the privilege of standing here being the mayor of Toronto, instead of being the premier of Ontario.” (Long pause, with much laughter from the chamber.)

WATCH: Mayor John Tory, speaking about Arnold Chan in council chambers on Oct. 3, 2017.