Will John Tory’s ‘prudent’ leadership be tough enough to tackle Toronto’s big issues if he’s re-elected?
Toronto is being called the “city of opportunity”, one where young families flock to live and work in high-density neighbourhoods, and the most exciting young entrepreneurs have come from outside the city. We even welcome large numbers of international students, refugees and artists who move here from Vancouver and elsewhere in search of better opportunities.
And while our city is an exciting and diverse place to live and work, we are still struggling to achieve a stable financial future for our city, especially relative to some of our neighbours who are well-established economic powers.
So I’m hopeful that this city will not only be able to support our residents, but also create good new jobs, good new housing, and good new businesses, to make our city more affordable, even on this prosperous period of growth.
To that end, I’m proposing that we build a more balanced, but fair tax system that could help to make our cities more affordable, and even more attractive.
I’m proud to be able to say that I am also a member of the Green Party of Canada, which is a party that has consistently called for balanced, progressive taxes, with a focus on economic, not just social, growth.
This election, Canadians have shown that they are ready to move beyond the divisive partisan and ideological debate on these important issues. I’m sure we will return to the “proper” debates of a more constructive public discussion on what we need to do to build a sustainable, more prosperous, more just world.
I was very excited when the Green Party of Canada was founded. The founding principle of the party — that the state is a necessary evil in some circumstances, but a necessary good in most cases — helped to give Canadians a way to think about the role of government without getting caught up in the endless political arguments that plague our politics today.
It’s a philosophy that respects the rights of all people, while recognizing that in our society that all people have a fair share of public responsibilities. It’s a way for us to work together, with our partners in common cause, to create a just, sustainable world that is good for everyone.
I am proud to have supported the Green Party in the past and