Ward 13 (Toronto Centre) Candidate Pledges

On this page, you will find a regularly updated list of all the candidates who have registered to run for Toronto City Council in this ward in the 2018 election. We have asked all of them to take the following Candidate Pledge:

As a candidate in the 2018 Toronto election, I pledge that, if elected, I will support, advance, and vote in favour of those actions required for ranked ballots to be used in the 2022 Toronto elections.

Below, you'll see their responses. For incumbent councillors, we've also included a summary of their voting history on ranked ballots. For more detail on our Candidate Pledge campaign, please click here.


Walied Khogali Ali has taken the pledge

"Because voters will have a choice."


Jon Callegher has taken the pledge

"I support ranked ballots and the non-partisan volunteers who are championing this initiative. It's a fresh, easy-to-implement alternative to our stale system. By ensuring that all voters have a say in electing a representative with at least 50% of the votes, democracy truly shines. I also want thank RaBIT for creating this pledge. After carefully studying the proposal and making effort to poke holes it in, I genuinely do not see how any fair-minded candidate or politician would be against it. I hope you get 100% support."


Richard Forget has taken the pledge

"Everyone votes must count and also a winning candidate ought to have the majority in a fair system. While I agree before without technology first at the post was the only method, today this method allows for a just democratic results. Times have changed, so should our electoral system."


Tim Gordanier has taken the pledge

"Makes absolute sense! I endorse this."


John Jeffrey has taken the pledge

"First past the post no longer works. It's time for a change. Ranked ballots would better reflect the wishes of those voting. I strongly support the use of ranked ballots."


Ryan Lester has taken the pledge

"A strong democracy means that people should be confident they have a strong voice in choosing their leaders. I support the use of ranked ballots in the 2022 election because I believe that ranked ballots are easier for voters to understand, easy to implement, and would ensure that no candidate wins without garnering more than 50% of the vote. Additionally, ranked ballots have the potential to reduce negative campaigning and the need for strategic voting."


George Smitherman has taken the pledge

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"I support ranked ballots to enhance choice amongst voters and to reflect a broader point of view in election results. As a provincial representative I strongly supported democratic renewal and I was one of the most prominent supporters leading Toronto Centre to the second highest level of support in Ontario."


Megann Willson has taken the pledge

"Ranked ballots have been shown to lead to fairer elections. Vote-splitting is reduced, and this method reflects the choice of the majority of voters. That's why I support ranked ballots."


Rob Wolvin has taken the pledge

"I strongly believe that '1st past the post' can and often does, disenfranchise the majority of voters in any election contest. Ranked ballots encourage collegiality between candidates, AND neighbours vs PR's balkanization."


Kristyn Wong-Tam has taken the pledge

"Democracy is about representing people. Too often, voters are forced to cast their ballot against a candidate they don't like, rather than support someone who reflects their priorities. I support ranked ballots because this is a real solution that gives people a way to participate in their city more fully. For my entire time on Council, I have been a strong and vocal advocate for ranked ballots and will continue to do so."

On October 1, 2015 Kristyn Wong-Tam voted in favour of ranked ballots on City Council motion 2015.EX8.1 (M6).

On December 14, 2016 Kristyn Wong-Tam voted in favour of ranked ballots on City Council motion 2016 EX.20.5 (M1b).


Darren Abramson has not taken the pledge


Khuram Aftab has not taken the pledge


Jonathan Heath has not taken the pledge


Gladys Larbie has not taken the pledge


Barbara Lavoie has not taken the pledge


Kyle McNally has not taken the pledge


Catherina Perez has not taken the pledge


Jordan Stone has not taken the pledge


Lucy Troisi has not taken the pledge


 


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