Jilian Saweczko: misled or missing?

Jilian Saweczko said in an email that she did not attend the all-candidates debate last night because she “Was notified that the debate was postpone [sic] to a future date.”

Saweczko showed yesterday, however, that she knew with certainty both where and when the debate would be. She said in a Tweet that she was going to be there.

I have emailed her campaign office for a response. I will post more details if I find them out.




“Ask about democracy”: Jilian Saweczko did not attend debate

Jilian Saweczko, the Conservative candidate for our ward, did not attend the only all candidates debate in York South–Weston, which was held tonight.

The start of the debate was delayed in the hopes that Saweczko would arrive. Organizers kept an empty chair for her throughout the night.

At the end of the debate, the moderator said “If I could just clarify one thing… we did actually send three, or four? … five invitations to [Jilian Saweczko]; we got a reply from the campaign manager saying she would be here. Her website is Jilian.ca. If you would like to send a question or a comment, be my guest. Ask about democracy.”

Questions For Federal Candidates – Election is on Monday, 2nd May 2011.

Before submitting these questions to our major Federal Election candidates, Weston Web invites readers to add their own through the comments facility of this article. These will be added to the list and presented to candidates on Wednesday, April 13. Responses from candidates will be published as they are received.

The candidates are (in alphabetical order):

Sonny Day – Green

Jilian Saweczko – Conservative

Mike Sullivan – NDP

Alan Tonks – Liberal


1. What has been your biggest contribution to the York South Weston community?

2. If your party forms the next government, what will you do to help your constituency?

3. If your party does not form the next government, what will you do to help your constituency?

4. What are the three biggest obstacles facing York South Weston in 2011?

5. What can you and your party do to overcome these obstacles?

6. Does York South Weston receive a fair share of Federal money in your opinion?

7. Do you live in York South Weston? If not, why not?

8. In what ways has Alan Tonks performed well as our MP?

9. In what ways could Alan Tonks have performed better as our MP?

10. What has the current federal government done for York South Weston?

11. What has the current government failed to do for York South Weston?

12. What makes you the best person for the job of our MP?

All candidates meeting announced

A reader has sent the following notice:

An All Candidates Meeting for the upcoming Federal Election will be held on Wednesday, April 13th at the Mount Dennis Legion, 1050 Weston Road, just south of Eglinton (west side), from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  This event is sponsored by the Weston Village Residents’ Association, the Mount Dennis Community Association, the Greenhills Community Association and the Silverthorn Ratepayers’ Association.


More candidates announce intentions

Two more candidates have announced that they will be running in the York South – Weston federal election. Sonny Day will be running for the Green Party, and Jilian Saweczko will be running for the Conservatives.

Day does not appear to have run for election before. According to his bio, he works as a consultant at York University and has lived in Weston for more than 10 years. He has worked with the Greens since 2008. His first campaign meeting was tonight.

Saweczko has run for the Conservatives twice before, in 1997 and in 2008. Those times, she ran in the Parkdale – High Park riding, where she lives. According to her MySpace page, she is an entrepreneur and internet consultant (and makes more than $250,000 a year!). She sells prepaid legal services and Tupperware.

Alan Tonks is the incumbent and will be running for the Liberals. He will be starting his campaign on April 2, with a grand opening of his campaign office from 2pm to 4pm.

Mike Sullivan, longtime Weston activist and resident, is running for the NDP, and was first out of the gate. He launched his campaign before the election was even announced.