Politicians, constituents still waiting for electoral reform

The MP for Beaches-East York believes that electoral reform will not happen by the next federal election in 2019.

In 2015, following the election of Justin Trudeau as prime minister, the Liberal administration recommended a number of initiatives and ultimately legislation that would replace the “first-past-the-post” voting system in Canada. In the wake of months of consultation with the public, some believe such alternatives as proportional representation, a ranked balloting system and online voting will not be ready for the next federal election. East York’s Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says it may take longer.

“The promise was to make 2015 the last election under first-past-the-post,” he said, “and if it’s hard to make the promise happen before 2019, we should still be committed to the promise in the long-term.”

Kellway gives emotional concession speech, tips hat to Jack Layton

The mood was somber at NDP candidate Matthew Kellway’s post-election reception last night as the 2011 federal election’s orange wave was replaced by a red one this time around.

Campaign volunteer Joanne Clark expressed her disappointment shortly after the CBC made the call that Liberal Justin Trudeau would be the next Prime Minister.

Liberal ‘red wave’ rises in Atlantic Canada, carries into East York

At 10 p.m. the CBC announced that Liberals will form the next federal government. With earliest results coming from Atlantic Canada, the CBC said that the so-called “red wave” had swept the Atlantic region, unseating such sitting Conservative cabinet ministers as Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Aboriginal and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt.

Beaches-East York candidate says he’s his own man

Liberal candidate Nathaniel Erskine-Smith wants to be clear: he is not running to be Justin Trudeau’s voice in Beaches-East York; he is running to be the voice of Beaches-East York to Justin Trudeau. “I got involved because of Justin Trudeau,” Erskine-Smith said, “(because) Trudeau is the only leader of a major party who has committed to bottom-up democracy, not telling candidates what to say or think, but really encouraging us to be strong advocates for our communities.”

Councillor Davis worries about tax increase, seeks provincial help

City Council approved the 2016-2024 Recommended Capital Plan for Toronto Water. It totalled up to $7.275 billion in project estimates, including $149 million in 2016. Realistically, Davis said, the ambitious work plan for Toronto’s waterworks is going to require an infusion of provincial money.