In characteristic style, his press release announcing his retirement from politics after 26 years as a Scarborough alderman, Metro councillor and Toronto councillor features a box with the headline Job Wanted!"Energetic male looking for new opportunities. Accustomed to long hours and a demanding work environment.
A deft orator who has directed and manged billion dollar organizations is looking to employ his skills and creativity outside of elected office.Whether leading on of North America's largest transit authroities, or directing Canada's largest police service, he is a proven problem solver and strategic planner.Relying on a quarter century of public service in an expanding and diverse city, he has developed unique skills and experience that are in great demand in Toronto.He takes on challenges with unbridled enthusiasm and a "can do" attitude.Brian Ashton will be available to meet your private or public goals beginning in December, 2010.Looking for someone who can make a difference? Don't let this opportunity slip by!"
The likable and loquacious Scarborough Southwest representative, who in recent years has been a thorn in Mayor David Miller's side (Ashton was kicked off executive council in 2007 after breaking with Miller on a crucial vote on the land transfer tax and vehicle registration fee, and he voted against the city-negotiated settlement that ended last summer's garbage strike), goes on to say: "I've loved every moment of being part of Toronto's evolution from a sometimes sleepy city to a funky and edgy 21st-century cosmopolitan centre. I've experienced so many things, met so many interesting people, and had so much fun that it probably should be illegal.
He concludes by quoting Will Rogers in his advice to council newcomers after the Oct. 25 election: "Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip."