Progress Toronto launches process for identifying Progressive Champions - and council’s worst villains

Progress Toronto launches process for identifying Progressive Champions - and council’s worst villains

September 19, 2018
For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON - Despite the ongoing chaos Premier Doug Ford has created in Toronto, the election is little more than 30 days away and so is Toronto’s opportunity to elect Progressive Champions and unseat some of city council’s worst villains in key local races.

Today, Progress Toronto launched online surveys for candidates in the upcoming municipal election. One is for candidates for city council, and the other is for candidates for Toronto District School Board trustee. Both surveys ask questions about candidates’ commitment to tackling key issues at stake in building a progressive city.  

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New Polling Released on Ford's interference in Toronto elections

New Polling Released on Ford's interference in Toronto elections

Following Ford's undemocratic proposal to fundamentally change Toronto's election while it is underway, Progress Toronto and the Broadbent Institute asked Abacus Data to conduct a survey in Toronto.

Abacus Data surveyed Toronto residents and the findings are clear:  2 in 3 Torontonians want Premier Ford to postpone making this decision until after the elections or to scrap this idea entirely. This includes 1 in 3 Ford voters. 

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July 26 - State of TDSB Race (before Doug Ford changes)

July 26 - State of TDSB Race (before Doug Ford changes)

Please note that this map is no longer an accurate reflection of registered candidates. It was accurate as of July 26, 2018. On July 27, 2018 Doug Ford changed all of the ward boundaries and completely changed the election in the middle of the race.

Check out our map of the state of the race for Toronto District School Board. Click the wards to see who has registered where. This map is timestamped with its last update and we do our best to update it at the end of each day.

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July 27 state of city council race (before Doug Ford changes)

July 27 state of city council race (before Doug Ford changes)

Please note that this map is no longer an accurate reflection of registered candidates. It was accurate as of July 26, 2018. On July 27, 2018 Doug Ford changed all of the ward boundaries and completely changed the election in the middle of the race.

Check out our map of the state of the race for City Council. Click the wards to see who has registered where. This map is timestamped with its last update and we do our best to update it at the end of each day.

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What Premier Ford means for Toronto

It happened.

Doug Ford is Premier of Ontario and, like us, you’re probably not feeling so great today.

We have work to do. Premier Ford means our 2018 city council and school board elections are more important than ever. Will you commit to voting for progress in Toronto’s elections this fall? progresstoronto.ca/yes

Make no mistake: Doug Ford will have his eyes on electing conservative candidates to city hall and the school board in Toronto.

But the silver lining of last night's election results is that Progressives won in Toronto.

Over 738,000 of the votes cast in Toronto were votes against Doug Ford. That means 2 in 3 Torontonians voted for someone other than Doug. More than 400,000 people voted for the NDP, more than 287,000 for the Liberals, and 33,000 for the Greens. Ford received little more than 359,000 votes.

If we band together we can elect more progressive champions for our city than ever before to protect us from what Doug Ford has planned for Toronto.

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