Jun 25, 2023

By Angus Gillespie

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Toronto’s mayoral candidates made their final pitches for votes yesterday, with the byelection to replace John Tory being held tomorrow. Some of the candidates are expected to take part in today’s Pride Day activities in the downtown core.

There are 102 names on the ballot, listed alphabetically.

Front-runner Olivia Chow has maintained a steady and commanding lead in public opinion polls since joining the race.

She continued to push her message that change is necessary, and she is the one to lead that charge. At the forefront of her messaging has been the need for more affordable housing.

Competitors such as Anna Bailou and Mark Saunders have repeatedly criticized Chow for not providing a detailed, costed platform for some of her initiatives, which critics say will be too expensive to implement.

Saunders has pledged to increase housing supply by reducing approval times. He also vows to ease congestion on city streets by de-prioritizing bike lanes. Additionally, he would replace supervised injection sites with medical treatment options to address drug use and homelessness.

Bailou has the support of former Mayor John Tory and nine city councillors.

Saunders has the endorsement of Premier Doug Ford.

According to the latest poll by Liaison Strategies, Chow has the support of 31% of decided voters. Bailou is next with 17% support, followed by Saunders at 16.  Anthony Furey is at 11% and Josh Matlow, 10%. All other candidates were in single figures.

The polls open tomorrow morning at 10am and will close at 8pm.

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