25 Wards - Now, let's get this election on track
The stay has been granted and we are going to proceed with an election under a 25-ward system. Pleased or not with the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision, we finally have some certainty on the Toronto municipal election.
I believe that it is an excellent opportunity for us as Canadians to reflect on the importance of voting for a person’s values, with less of an emphasis on their priorities. As I have learned throughout my career, priorities need to be adapted due to changes in circumstances but our values should never be compromised. I want my neighbours and the residents of Toronto to know that: Yes I support safe streets and bike lanes; Yes, I support small-business; And yes, I support inclusive neighbourhoods; but above all, I want them to know the values I was raised on - humility, hard work, integrity, and without compromise, kindness. These core values, coupled with my professional experience, will guide the decisions I will make on behalf of the residents of Ward 19, Beaches-East York.
Under a 25-ward system, we need people at Toronto City Council who have foresight and are willing to work together to find solutions to our biggest challenges. With only 25 voices representing a city with a population of 2.8 million people, our elected councillors need: strong values; diverse experience and robust competencies; to be free of political-party affiliations; the ability to objectively look at the circumstances and desired outcomes; and, a desire to have meaningful dialogue – this will lead to real progress.
As your councilor, I promise to work with you to:
Get the city moving by improving our transportation infrastructure including roads, bike lanes and transit
Create an environment where small businesses can thrive
Rip up the beachfront monopoly and put the property through a fair bidding process to attract new businesses and attractions to the beaches
Make the Childcare Growth Strategy a reality so that working parents can have access to affordable childcare
Now, let’s focus our attention on the pressing issues that need immediate attention to ensure that we create a liveable, inclusive and accessible city. Join me in making our city a place we can all proudly call home.