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Your community needs you: ask your west-downtown MPP candidates some tough questions

August 12th, 2011 · 9 Comments

It’s that time again!

The Gleaner is interviewing MPP candidates for Trinity-Spadina and Parkdale-High Park in advance of the Oct. 6 provincial election. We are soliciting questions from our readers that we will compile and pose to candidates on your behalf.

The major party candidates in Trinity-Spadinaare incumbent Rosario Marchese (NDP), Sarah Thomson (Liberal), Mike Yen (PC), and Tim Grant (Green). In Parkdale-High Park the incumbent Cheri DiNovo (NDP) is running against Cortney Pasternak (Liberal), Joe Ganetakos (PC), and Justin Trottier (Green). We are currently trying to track down other candidates, if applicable.

If you have an inquiry for candidates in Trinity-Spadina and Parkdale-High Park please send it to us no later than Friday, August 19 by the stroke of midnight (technically the 20th).

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

Thanks, and we promise we won’t ask you to do this again for another three years!

The Gleaner

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

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 susan oppenheim // Aug 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    It is being said by rival candidates that Rosario Marchese has done nothing in the last 4 years-Can you all address what you would do given the chance and Mr Marchese can you qualify for the readers what you have been doing?

  • 2 Ken Wood // Aug 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    What will you (really) do about the appaling levels of poverty amongst your constituients, if elected? Not just vague promises but real deliverable, time-dated action?

  • 3 Emina // Aug 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for your input! Susan: we ask all candidates the same questions. Did you want to reword your query?

  • 4 Gideon Forman, Executive Director, Canadian Assoc of Physicians for the Environment // Aug 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Ontario’s coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of greenhouse gases in the province. If elected, will your party order the closure of these plants by 2012? And if not, why not?
    Thank you.

  • 5 susan oppenheim // Aug 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    What are the three key issues facing the Trinity Spadina provincial constituents now-4 yrs since the last election-and how will you address these ?

  • 6 Chris Chopik // Aug 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    How does your party plan to protect Ontarian’s from energy inflation related to home heating, and electricity in the near and long term and why?

  • 7 John Bowker // Aug 17, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Will your party restore the long-standing tradition of paying half the operating budget of the TTC?

  • 8 Adrian Blake // Aug 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Here’s my question for all four candidates in the Parkdale-High Park riding:

    If you are elected MPP for Parkdale-High Park on Oct. 6, what will you do to ensure that dementia becomes a top priority in Ontario government policies and that action is taken to address the issues of detection, greater caregiver support and accessibility to appropriate geriatric services, and investment in research and healthcare worker training, as outlined in the Alzheimer Society’s 10-point action plan?

  • 9 Eric Mills // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:45 am

    When Toronto’s new mayor wanted to trash a well-planned and negotiated transit plan (Transit City) that already had shovels in the ground and senior government funding, Ontario’s Liberal government quickly acquiesced — without even waiting for a vote by City Council.

    What will you and your party do to protect the province’s largest and capital city from the destructive urges of short-sighted municipal Tea Partiers?