The concession speeches, 9:21 p.m.
George Smitherman congratulates new faces on city council in conceding defeat to mayor elect Rob Ford. He shushes campaign crowd and wishes mayor elect Rob Ford well. “There are no boos tonight, we love our city,” Smitherman says. “No matter how disappointing the results we will all celebrate the end of a grueling campaign,” he tells supporters at a lakeshore dance club. “I accept full responsibility for tonight’s outcome,” Smitherman says. “It’s my duty to own up to the mistakes I made.”
Meanwhile at Revival on College St., Joe Pantalone, flanked by companion Theresa and his daughter Anna, concedes Ford's respect for taxpayers message had won the day. "Do not be discouraged my friends," he tells cheering supporters. "It's never too late to build a better world." Pantalone says it is remarkable that a labourer's son who arrived here at 13 with no English could end up running for mayor. He vows to continue in some capacity to build the city he loves.