Veteran Toronto politician Ootes to retire

Veteran Toronto politician Case Ootes has announced plans to retire.

Veteran Toronto politician Case Ootes has announced plans to retire. The Globe and Mail

‘I want to pursue some other things in life,’ says 68-year-old city councillor

Jennifer Lewington

Toronto — Globe and Mail Update Published on Wednesday, Jan. 06, 2010 9:56AM EST Last updated on Wednesday, Jan. 06, 2010 1:43PM EST

Veteran Toronto politician Case Ootes, who played a major role in merging seven municipal governments into one jurisdiction 12 years ago, has decided to retire.

“I want to pursue some other things in life,” the 68-year-old city councillor (Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth) said this morning. He will make a formal announcement when he meets with city hall media this afternoon.

First elected almost 22 years ago, the veteran politician led a right-leaning minority on council in opposition to the majority led by Mayor David Miller, who is not seeking a third term.

Mr. Ootes, who suffered a near-defeat in 2006 but won by a margin of 20 votes, said he made up his mind about a year ago to leave local politics.

“I’ve had a wonderful career as a councillor,” he said, adding “I felt this was time to let people know.”

Another veteran councillor, Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto-Centre Rosedale) announced last month he will not run again either.

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