Platform View 2023

PLATFORM VIEW is a daily(ish) feature by City Hall Watcher on Substack Notes, reviewing platform planks of candidates in Toronto’s 2023 mayoral by-election. It’ll run through election day, June 26, 2023.

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  1. Chloe Brown’s Budget Plan: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (4.5 out of five)

  2. Brad Bradford’s Open Tendering: ⭐️⭐️½ (2.5 out of five)

  3. Olivia Chow’s Housing Plan: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (3.5 out of five)

  4. Mark Saunders’ Plan to End Waste: ⭐️ (1 out of five)

  5. Mitzie Hunter’s Toronto Affordable Housing Corporation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 out of five)

  6. Ana Bailão’s Improving Access to the Toronto Islands plan: ⭐️⭐️ (2 out of five)

  7. Josh Matlow’s Road Safety Plan: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 out of five)

  8. Brad Bradford’s “Toronto Can’t Afford Olivia Chow’s 20% Property Tax Hike” Position: ⚫️ (Zero out of five)

  9. Mitzie Hunter’s comprehensive, fully-costed platform with a balanced budget: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (4.5 out of five)

  10. Olivia Chow’s seven-days-a-week library plan: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (3.5 out of five)

  11. Mark Saunders’ free transit for seniors (on Mondays) plan: ⭐️ (1 out of five)

  12. Anthony Furey’s “Making Our Streets Safe Again” plan: ⚫️ (Zero out of five)

  13. Josh Matlow’s “YouthStart” youth opportunity plan: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (3.5 out of five)

  14. Ana Bailão’s Plan to Support Renters Across the City: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3 out of five)

  15. Mark Saunders’ plan to create new dog parks to keep dogs from peeing and pooping on schoolyards: ⭐️½ (1.5 out of five)

  16. Josh Matlow’s plan to combat the climate crisis: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ ( 3.5 out of five)

  17. Mitzie Hunter’s transit plan: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (3.5 out of five)

  18. Mark Saunders’ plan to STOP OLIVIA CHOW: ⚫️ (Zero out of five)

  19. Ana Bailão’s Plan to Fix 311: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3 out of five)

  20. Brad Bradford’s Plan “To Get People Out of Shelters and Into Homes”: ⭐️½ (1.5 out of five)

  21. Josh Matlow’s transit plan: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (4.5 out of five)

  22. Anthony Furey’s plan to reconsider RapidTO lanes: ⚫️ (Zero out of five)

  23. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s “Spending cuts must be put on table in Toronto’s mayoral election” position: ⚫️ (Zero out of five)

  24. Josh Matlow’s “Fully-Costed and Fully-Funded Plan for a City that Works”: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (4.5 out of five)

  25. Ana Bailão’s Plan to Revitalize Sports Fields for Kids and Families: ⭐️½ (1.5 out of five)

  26. Olivia Chow’s plan to “fix CaféTO”: ⭐️⭐️½ (2.5 out of five)

  27. Xiaohua Gong’s Plan for a “Vibrant, re-energized new economy!”: ⚫️ (Zero out of five)

  28. Ana Bailão’s endorsement by former mayor John Tory: ⭐️⭐️ (2 out of five)

  29. Mark Saunders’ plan to “Save Homebuyers Over $20,000”: ⚫️ (Zero out of five)