Tory, Keesmaat want your votes in last weekend for advance polling
It's the final weekend for advance voting in the city of Toronto, and both frontrunning mayoral candidates hope to get as many voters on their side as possible ahead of election day.
Campaigning in Scarborough, incumbent Mayor - and mayoral candidate - John Tory said he cannot become complacent, despite his significant double digit lead over Jennifer Keesmaat in the latest polls.
"I'm all over the place campaigning as hard as I ever did, because these elections are over at precisely the moment they declare you elected, sometime on October 22 and not one minute before," he told reporters.
"We're going to build transit, we're going to move forward and grow our ambitions on affordable housing," he added. "We're going to keep taxes low, we're going to keep the community safe, and we're going to make sure everybody shares in the opportunity - the great opportunity - that is Toronto today."
"We're going to give people that sense of hope going forward."
Meantime, at a campaign stop in Kensington Market Saturday morning, Keesmaat received the endorsement of City Councillor Joe Cressy, who is now running in Ward 10.
"Jennifer is a strong and experienced city-builder, and she has the right vision to tackle the big issues facing our city," Cressy said in a statement provided by Keesmaat's campaign team.
"Throughout her career, she's proven to be an effective leader who can get things done," he added. "She knows how to deliver creative solutions to complicated problems, and that's exactly what we need from our next Mayor."
Keesmaat also outlined what she would accomplish in her first 100 days in office. This would include negotiating contracts for tearing down the eastern end of the Gardiner Expressway, assigning a team to speed up work on the relief subway line, and putting out the tender to developers in her 100-thousand rental home housing plan.
She says she would also immediately request the province amend property tax legislation to allow a surtax on luxury homes in order to get her rent-to-own underway. Finally, she says she would reduce all residential road speeds to 30 kilometres per hour and call for gender parity at City Hall within the next two years.
"We are running a grassroots campaign," Keesmaat told reporters. "One of the things that is an essential part of this campaign is getting out and meeting with as many residents in the city as possible, and getting the vision for a city that is inclusive and provides housing for everyone, and where we're continously building a transit network."
"That vision will motivate Torontonians to vote."