On 15 January, the residents of Toronto’s Ward 22 (Scarborough-Agincourt) will go to the polls to elect a new member of Toronto City Council. For voters to be able to make the right choice, we believe it is important for them to know where the candidates stand on the key issues. That’s why we are asking all candidates in this by-election to take the following pledge:
“As a candidate for Toronto City Council, 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 2026 Toronto elections.”
Below, we will provide the responses we receive from candidates right up until 15 January (listed in the order they are received). If you are a candidate and would like to take the pledge, please get in touch at [email protected].
Candidates who have taken the Candidate Pledge
"I support ranked ballots because it is a more inclusive for the public to identify and elect candidates, who represent the diversity and ideologies of the public. It also prevents strategic voting, which has always plagued Canadian politics. Often, voters are forced to vote against a candidate, rather than vote for their preferred candidate in order to prevent what they believe is the worst outcome. This erodes the democratic process, as it does not create a representative government. Ranked ballots are used to select political party leaders. It is time to transition to this system to elect our political leaders."
"To be honest, on a personal level it doesn't matter to me. So what I did was ask the community through various forms of engagement. I also asked various people that have contributed to me being where I am today. I did receive maybe two or three negative responses to ranked ballots. But the overwhelming majority seem to be in favor of it for various reasons. Therefore I do support this initiative. Thank you and I look forward to working with everybody in the future."
"I am 120% in for ranked ballots. Every party in Canada like the Liberals/Conservatives/NDP/Green already use ranked ballots to elect party leaders because they know it is more representative of a voter's choice. Cities should decide how they run their elections, not someone from Queen's Park. Voters should decide whether to keep career politicians employed, not lobbyists. I pledge to support ranked ballots because I support the voices of voters."
"Municipal politicians serve the daily needs of their constituents. In a City as diverse as Toronto, ranked ballots give more choices to voters, encourage candidates to learn the issues that voters care about, and produce outcomes that reflect the diversity of our communities."
"Democracy is already a loaded word when that democracy can simply be dismantled or reorganized by a higher body. Democracy should come from the ground up built by the people to work for the people. Ranked ballot isn't a revolution in terms of dismantling this rich man's government but is a step in the right direction to give more people a say and more of a say in their government."
"If there's one thing this by-election has proved, it's that we need new leadership. In 2021, first past the post just doesn't make sense: a winner-take all system benefits incumbents and makes campaigning harder for the new voices vital to our democracy. I'm proud to support ranked ballots and fight for change in Scarborough."
"I support ranked ballots because it’s the new way of life, the modern way. Old-school way is history, and it’s time for the young and the new generation, to be treated fair with elections."
"If no candidate reaches 50% + 1 vote to win, ranked ballots will determine the second favorite candidate."
Jeffrey M. Vitale
"Ranked ballots are currently used by provincial and federal parties to pick their leaders. It encourages supporters of lesser known candidates to remain engaged in the electoral process and provides more fair representation as it discourages strategic voting and vote splitting."