Serving Toronto's most liveable community with the Annex Gleaner

Time to ask your west-downtown Toronto federal candidates some questions

April 4th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Gleaner Community Press is interviewing Federal candidates for Trinity-Spadina and  Parkdale-High Park and we are seeking questions from you (besides “why are we having another election?”).


After we have received all the questions we will then make a final selection based on diversity, relevance to the local community, and “goodness” (objectively and subjectively decided by our editorial staff), dutifully record the answers, and publish them for all to read.


Some questions will be printed in our next editions, while others may be asked at an all-candidates debate. Some will not be selected at all, but think of it as good practice for when the parties come knocking on your door. You will get full question credit. We reserve the right to edit questions for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and space.


Running in Trinity-Spadina are Rachel Barney (Green Party), Chester Brown (Libertarian) incumbent Olivia Chow (NDP), Christine Innes (Liberal), and Gin Siow (Conservative). In Parkdale-High Park incumbent Gerard Kennedy (Liberal) is facing off against former MP Peggy Nash (NDP), Sarah Newton (Green Party), Terry Parker (Marijuana Party), and Taylor Train (Conservative). Both of these ridings are expected to be fiercely competitive with close results. We are currently trying to track down other candidates, if applicable, but Elections Canada has yet to finalize their list.

If you have an inquiry for Trinity-Spadina candidates please send it to us no later than Tuesday March 29 by midnight (technically the 30th).


If you have questions for Parkdale-High Park candidates please send them no later than Monday, April 4 at the stroke of midnight (technically the 5th).


When you send the question, please include your name, (and name of organization, if you are asking the question on behalf of a group, business, etc). Feel free to submit as many questions as you like (though we will likely only publish one). Send us your questions via twitter, facebook, email, snailmail, phone or in person.


(The Gleaner is non-partisan; we do not endorse candidates, and we ask all candidates, including “fringe” candidates, the same questions.)


the Gleaner


Tags: Liberty · News · People · General

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grant // Mar 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

    What is your plan for fiscal control around the deficit and debt , so we don’t leave an ugly burden for our children and future generations?

  • 2 Eric // Mar 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    “for Trinity-Spadina candidates please send it to us no later than Tuesday March 29” — but I received your request at 11:49 a.m. on March 30.

    1. What is the best use for the $29 Billion that the Conservative Party wants to spend on stealth jet fighters?

    2. How can Canadians who oppose bombing foreign countries have their views expressed in Parliament?

    3. “Why are we having another election?” is really not a worthwhile question. “What can be done to reduce the influence of money in federal politics but increase the influence of people?” would be better.

  • 3 Jeff // Mar 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Should the federal conservatives win another minority government would you support the budget, form a coalition or other?

  • 4 Christine de Groot // Mar 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    My question for the federal candidates:

    Which do you think is more important: building prisons or eliminating poverty?