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DON VALLEY WEST

Incumbent: Kathleen Wynne (Liberal)

Who’s running

LIBERAL
Candidate: Kathleen Wynne, 61
History: MPP since 2003 and Premier since February, 2013
Campaigning on: Job creation, education, healthcare, transit
In her own words: “I am committed to my riding of Don Valley West and responding to the needs of my constituents. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made to bring more employment services to the community and to reduce wait times at Sunnybrook (hospital). In addition, we’re introducing full day Kindergarten in every school this year and we’re building the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to ease congestion and improve people’s commutes.”

PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE
Candidate: David Porter, 55
History: First-time candidate Campaigning on: Job creation In his own words: “As a leader, she (Wynne) is not going to be doing a lot of things locally and I think she may be a focal point for a lot of disappointment among voters, notwithstanding her popularity in the past. There’s definitely a sense among quite a few people I’ve spoken to that it’s time for a change.”

NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Candidate: Khalid Ahmed, 22
History: Finished third in 2011
Campaigning on: Healthcare, freezing tuition
In his own words: “I think Ontarians want a change, including Don Valley West, and it’s about time we had a change that puts people first. I think people want a change and the NDP is the right choice. People want a change over-all, so it doesn’t bother me that she (Wynne) is the premier. She’s representing Don Valley West, and that’s who I’m up against.”

GREEN PARTY
Candidate: Louis Fliss
History: Finished fourth in 2011
Campaigning on: N/A
In his own words: N/A

Also running… Patrick Boyd, Libertarian; Brock Burrows, Independent; Tracy Curley, Freedom Party; Dimitrios Kabitsis, Communist Party; Rosemary Waigh, Vegan Environmental Party

EGLINTON-LAWRENCE
Incumbent: Michael Colle (Liberal)

Who’s running

LIBERAL
Candidate: Mike Colle, 69
History: MPP since 1995
Campaigning on: Jobs, transit
In his own words: “A lot of people relate to things I’ve championed in this area, whether it’s Postal Station K or Bannockburn or fighting for the Crosstown to be built. What’s come this time is people say, okay the Liberals made some mistakes — you guys screwed up some things — but on the other hand the alternative is just going to be a disaster. They don’t want Mike Harris No. 2. They can’t risk that again.”

PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE
Candidate: Robin Martin, 50
History: First-time candidate
Campaigning on: Jobs, economy, restoring democracy
In her own words: “It’s been a Liberal riding for a very long time, but I also know that Joe Oliver won federally in this riding, so there’s a possibility I can win in this riding too in the right circumstances. I think people have an appetite for change now and they’re just trying to figure out which party represents the right change and I think ours does.”

NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Candidate: Thomas Gallezot, 45
History: First-time candidate
Campaigning on: Jobs, use of schools as skills-training centres for newcomers
In his own words: “What’s important is I’m here for the long run, not just one election. I think this riding represents the culture of Toronto because of its diversity and everything it embodies. Of course, I’ll campaign to win.”

GREEN PARTY
Candidate: Lucas McCann, 30
History: First-time candidate
Campaigning on: Job creation, merging public and separate school boards, environment
In his own words: “This election is more about showing people the Green movement exists, and I’m a human being going out there and trying to do what I think is right. Do I think the possibility for winning exists? Absolutely. People need to know there is a movement that’s happening, but it’s definitely about taking steps in the right direction and doing what I think is ethical and right.”

Also running…
Michael Bone, Freedom Party; Erwin Sniedzins, Independent

TORONTO CENTRE
Incumbent: Glen Murray (Liberal)

Who’s running

LIBERAL
Candidate: Glen Murray, 56
History: MPP since 2010
Campaigning on: Transit, community planning, cultural life
In his own words: “If I get re-elected it will be because of four years of hard work. And people really think Kathleen Wynne is one of the most authentic, honest, decent people they’ve ever encountered in politics, and people really like her. That’s been my experience. Not too many people are unhappy out there right now.”

PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE
Candidate: Martin Abell, 51
History: Finished third in 2011
Campaigning on: Job creation, controlling hydro rates, reducing business taxes
In his own words: “In my travels through this riding people don’t know Glen Murray, even though this will be his third election here. What I’ve experienced at the door is Liberal support departing. I just have to flash the colour blue and they’re saying I’ve voted Liberal a long time and avoided you, but we respect your hard work and I can’t go back anymore. They’re looking at their options, and I’m the one there. I’m doing the legwork.”

NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Candidate: Kate Sellar, 35
History: First-time candidate
Campaigning on: Affordable housing, childcare, transit, seniors issues
In her own words: “In Toronto Centre typically it’s a race between the Liberals and the NDP. There are a lot of folks at the door who are frustrated with the Liberals this time around and a lot of them are thanking me for coming to their door. People want to send a message about the scandal and the waste of the Liberal government and I definitely see that at the door.”

GREEN PARTY
Candidate: Mark Daye, 46
History: Finished fourth in 2011
Campaigning on: Merging public and separate school boards In his own words: “Win or not, it’s not about getting elected. It’s about getting our position out there, our message out there — giving people a choice and giving them an option to say they
don’t want the status quo.”

Also running…

Lada Alekseychuk, Party for People with Special Needs; Judi Falardeau, Libertarian; Drew Garvie, Communist Party; Chris Goodwin, Freedom Party; Robin Nurse, The People; Harvey Rotenberg, Vegan Environmental Party; Bahman Yazdanfar, Canadians’ Choice

ST. PAUL’S
Incumbent: Eric Hoskins (Liberal)

Who’s running

LIBERAL
Candidate: Eric Hoskins, 53
History: MPP since 2009
Campaigning on: Jobs and economy, tenant rights and affordable housing, transit In his own words: “I am Incumbent: Eric Hoskins (Liberal) St. Paul’s honoured to have had the opportunity to represent St. Paul’s for the past five years, and I take that responsibility very seriously. I have worked hard to represent the community to the best of my ability and to reflect the views and priorities of St. Paul’s residents at Queen’s Park.”

PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE
Candidate: Justine Deluce, 43
History: First-time candidate
Campaigning on: Job creation, fiscal responsibility
In her own words: “I have a lot of respect for the work that Eric Hoskins has done in the community and the world stage, but the reality is he was also part of the cabinet and at the table when decisions were being made. I think the constituents of St. Paul’s deserve better.”

NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Candidate: Luke Savage, 25
History: First-time candidate
Campaigning on: Jobs, transit, childcare, affordable housing
In his own words: “The people of this riding are ready for a government that makes sense on transit, childcare, and affordable housing. Eric Hoskins and the Liberals have failed to prioritize issues like these and important programs and projects have suffered as a result. As if this weren’t bad enough, the PCs want to make deeper cuts and believe you can create jobs by firing people.”

GREEN PARTY
Candidate: Josh Rachlis, 41
History: Finished fourth in Eglinton-Lawrence in 2011
Campaigning on: Job creation, transit, environment, merging public and separate school boards
In his own words: “Realistically I’m not sure if I have a shot, but I’m doing my best and getting my message out there and you never know. I think a lot of people are frustrated with some of the things the Liberals are doing, I don’t think the NDP is offering a progressive option and the conservatives are in a whole completely different world. I think more than ever right now the Greens are a great choice.”

Also running…
John Kittredge, Libertarian; Mike Rita, Freedom Party


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