They’re born in different generations, but these voters agree Toronto’s housing market and cost of living are out of control
New Democratic Party
The winning candidate in Monday night’s election in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge Park credits the young members of his party for his victory. Liberal candidate Gary Anandasangaree held a reception for his supporters following his win over chief rivals, Conservative candidate Leslyn Lewis and New Democrat K.M. Shanthikumar. Anandasangaree accumulated more than 60 per cent of the vote, according to the CBC’s Canada Votes website, while Lewis attracted 27 per cent of the vote and Shanthikumar, 10 per cent.
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.”
Canada’s new immigration point system, set to come into effect May 4, 2013, drew criticism from some New Democrats during a language and culture celebration in Toronto. At a Wednesday (Feb. 20) celebration of International Mother Language Day, hosted by NDP MP Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York), some NDP politicians expressed concern over planned changes to federal immigration policy.
The fate of Ontario’s Liberal minority government rests in the hands of the New Democratic Party. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was quick to slam the provincial budget tabled today at Queen’s Park, saying it has very little to offer in terms of job creation and may not be worth supporting.
Grant Gordon says he isn’t ready to hang up his political skates just yet. The first-time Liberal Party candidate lost the March 19 Toronto-Danforth federal byelection to fellow rookie politician Craig Scott, who held onto the riding for the New Democratic Party. “For me this is just like losing a hockey game,” Gordon said. “But this is just the first game … of a series.”
Despite a second-place finish behind the Liberal incumbent in Richmond Hill, Thursday night, the Progressive Conservative candidate says he’ll remain active on riding issues.
Jack Layton, leader of Canada’s official Opposition and Toronto-Danforth MP, has died. He was 61.