Standing Up For Democracy

Knocking on doors over the past few months, I have been struck by how everyone has expressed a desire for a more responsive City Hall, and a Ward 37 Councillor who listens to their questions, needs, and challenges. People are looking for more ways to connect with City Hall, not fewer.

That's why Doug Ford's plan to cut our city wards to 25 would be terrible for democratic representation and why the plan was rejected when the boundaries were being examined.

A bad plan is a bad plan, but Doug Ford's hijacking of our city election in the middle of the campaign is an attack on Toronto. Changing the rules of the election in the middle of the campaign is the action of a bully.

I've spent the past few days knocking on doors and collecting signatures for a petition to Queen's Park telling Doug Ford he can't throw our city into chaos without a fight. The response has been overwhelming, and our community is truly united. This morning I went for an emergency reprint of the petition at a local copy shop, and the printer asked to make one to share in his Scarborough neighborhood, too.

That's how we're going to win - by working across the city in each ward and every neighbourhood to tell Doug Ford to step back, and get out of our municipal election.

And that's why I'm asking you to join me on Thursday, August 2 to speak to our neighbours and collect petition signatures to send with our MPP Rima Berns-McGown to Queen's Park. We will meet with MPP Rima Berns-McGown and Ward 35 Council Candidate Diane Dyson at 6:30 p.m. at the south west corner of Danforth and East Lynn, and go from there.

Stand up for Democracy Canvass

Date: Thursday, August 2

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Meet at the south west corner of Danforth and East Lynn (just west of Woodbine)

Everyone is welcome, no canvassing experience is necessary.

I have some experience standing up to bullies, fighting Stephen Harper as your MP. I know that we can only stop this if we work together and fight back, for our democracy, and our city. Please join me this Thursday.

Matthew

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