Election campaign starts… in York South–Weston

The election campaign started in earnest on yesterday, and Andrea Horwath, leader of the NDP, kicked off her campaign in York–South Weston.

While the Liberals have traditionally held the riding, momentum may be on the NDP’s side, and the races have been very close. In the past two elections, the race was won and lost by fewer than 500 votes. It went to the NDP in a bye-election in 2007, and then to the Liberals later that year. This year, Mike Sullivan, our NDP MP, defeated Alan Tonks, a long-serving Liberal.

In her press release, Horwath said, “It’s great to be making my first stop in York South Weston. People here have a very clear choice to make on October 6. They can choose a status quo that leaves them feeling ignored or they can choose Paul Ferreira and the NDP’s positive plan for change that puts people first.”

The NDP is pushing its programs to reduce hydro bills and gasoline prices by eliminating the HST, freezing transit fares, improving health care and support for seniors, and increasing and indexing the minimum wage.

The Liberals are running on their record in education, healthcare, and the economy and are promising new jobs in clean energy and lower tuition for post-secondary students.

The Conservatives kicked off their campaign with an attack ad saying, falsely, that the Liberals want to give $10,000 credits to employers to hire “foreign workers”, and “Ontario workers need not apply”. The credit is for immigrants who have been here for up to five years, and it is not not foreign workers; only Canadian citizens can apply, and foreign workers are, by definition, not citizens.

Pleased as punch!

Your humble correspondent has been given a small and temporary promotion. For the next 5 weeks or so, I will also be blogging for the Toronto Star’s “Speak Your Mind” election site. I’ll be covering our riding, York South–Weston.

The site, I hear, will go live tomorrow, and I’ll be writing about one post a week. If you have any topics you’d like me to cover or any questions you’d like me to ask of your representatives, I’m all ears. Leave a comment or drop me a line over there with the “Send us a tip” link.

 

All-candidates meeting announced

The Mount Dennis Community Association has corralled the provincial candidates for an all-candidates debate to be held Wednesday, Sept 14, from 7 – 9 pm at the Learning Enrichment Foundation at 116 Industry Street.

The candidates from all 3 major parties will attend; they are:

  • Laura Albanese for the Liberals
  • Lan Daniel for the Conservatives
  • Paul Ferreira for the NDP

Tories Announce Provincial Election Candidate

The Provincial Progressive Conservatives have announced that Lan Daniel will be the York South-Weston candidate in the October 6 election. She is the wife of brand new Federal Tory MP for Don Valley East, Joe Daniel. According to Joe’s website, they run a graphics design business  in the Don Valley East riding.

Presumably Tory leader Tim Hudak couldn’t find a qualified Progressive Conservative living in York South-Weston to be the official candidate. It can only be hoped that Ms Daniel will get up to speed with the issues in this riding and will be able to explain why she is better qualified than a resident candidate. This, after all, was a major issue in Alan Tonks’ recent defeat.

Ms Daniel will be running against incumbent Liberal MPP Laura Albanese, and, for the NDP, former York South-Weston MPP, Paul Ferreira.