Jun 02, 2023

By Jane Brown

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Now that an arrest has been made of a man accused of violent threats against Toronto’s mayoral candidates, it will likely be business as usual today on the campaign trail.

All 102 candidates were emailed by Toronto Police Thursday afternoon, after police learned of a situation where a man had entered a location in the Mortimer and Memorial Park area of Toronto and apparently say he would shoot mayoral candidates before brandishing what appeared to be a firearm.

29 year old Junior Francois Lavagesse has since been arrested, wanted for threatening bodily harm and carrying a concealed weapon and weapons dangerous.

Investigators also say he’s believed to be connected to a separate online threat.

Ahead of the arrest, all of the high profile candidates suspended their campaigns and the organizers of Thursday night’s debate at OCAD University cancelled the event as a precaution.

Meantime, mayoral candidate Ana Bailao is now firmly in second place to frontrunner Olivia Chow.

According to a just released Mainstreet Research poll, Olivia Chow has 32 percent of decided voter support, while Ana Bailao has 16 percent, with the others, Mark Saunders (12 percent), Josh Matlow (10 percent), Mitzie Hunter (7 percent), and Brad Bradford (4 percent) all trailing.

Interestingly, pollster Quito Maggi says Anthony Furey is making gains with 9.2 percent support.

In addition, Maggi says this is his first poll where the undecided vote has dropped below 20 percent.

And he believes that the remaining undecided voters will not vote for frontrunner Olivia Chow.

“When we see that undecided drop below 10 percent, and if no one has really broken out at that point, I think that’s when I can say it’s not enough to catch Olivia Chow, “Maggi explained on Friday, “Right now, there’s still enough of that undecided. Where it’s going to break, how it’s going to break, we’re probably going to know in the next week.”

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