Mr. Crombie was a lecturer in politics and urban affairs at Toronto University when he became involved in Toronto's urban reform movement. David Crombie was elected to Toronto's city council in 1970, and became Mayor of Toronto in 1972. Crombie was enormously popular as mayor, being re-elected in 1974 and 1976 with large majorities. He was described as the city's "tiny, perfect mayor". He left City Hall in 1978 to move to federal politics.
David was born and grew up in Swansea
, where he is always welcome, and David visits Swansea from time to time for different occasions such as guest speaker to the Swansea Historical Society.
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Mr. Crombie is president of David Crombie & Associates Inc., where he serves as chair of the Advisory Council for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and is a director of the Centre for the Financial Services OmbudsNetwork (CFSON). He was also appointed chair of Ontario Place and made an officer of the Order of Canada.