If Mayor Rob Ford is finally removed from office early next year, there’s no shortage of councillors considering running for mayor in a byelection.
Etobicoke Centre Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby is not one of those.
The long-serving councillor from Ward 4 is interested in taking the top job for the next two years — but she said it makes more sense for council to pass on spending the $7 million it would cost to hold a city-wide byelection and simply appoint a caretaker mayor until the 2014 election.
And Lindsay Luby told Toronto Community News that she would be interested in serving as that interim.
“I think I’m very qualified to do it,” said Lindsay Luby, who last term was the deputy speaker of council and has served as chair of the Toronto Police Services Board among other positions through her career.
“With all my years in municipal government and all the positions I had, I think people have found me last term to be very fair in the way that I chaired council meetings. I never heard anybody complain.”
Lindsay Luby said she hasn’t yet lobbied her colleagues on the plan. “I think everybody is still spinning from all of the news that we keep getting, and sometimes the people that come out too early are not necessarily the ones you want.”
But she said she believed she is well-placed to finish off the mandate that began with the election of Rob Ford as mayor.
Two years into the mandate, Ford is facing the possibility that the courts will throw him out of office over his violation of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
Lindsay Luby said that she shares some of the mayor’s political ideas, but identified herself as “centre right.”
“I think we need someone who is a centrist, and I am right of centre,” she said. “I am right on fiscal concerns, but I’m also socially aware and concerned, and I think that’s the direction that we need to go in.”
Lindsay Luby said that she would provide steady, consensus-based leadership — in stark contrast to the current mayor’s approach.
“I think people would find me very fair and very attuned to what the city needs,” said Lindsay Luby. “And very knowledgeable — I can speak well on the public stage. And I don’t think I’d be embarrassing anybody.”
Lindsay Luby would not commit to staying out of the mayor’s race when the 2014 municipal election hits.
“Others have made that promise and then broken it,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to ever break a promise.”
Lindsay Luby has served on council in Etobicoke and Toronto since 1985.