Liberal MPP Arthur Potts is focusing on developing the Main-Danforth intersection as a transit and tourism hub as he prepares for the next provincial elections. First time Conservative candidate Sarah Mallo and a yet-to-be elected NDP candidate will be his main challengers.
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.”
Newly elected Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith may be inexperienced on the political scene, but he isn’t without his share of influential supporters as he begins his career in public office.
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.
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.
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.”
Erskine-Smith will be going up against the NDP’s incumbent MP Matthew Kellway and Conservative nominee Bill Burrows for the seat in the House of Commons from Beaches-East York.
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.