At least 5 new faces on Toronto City Council this fall

The latter retired from municipal politics in 2018 after two terms and several failed attempts to persuade council to adopt term limits.

There is a strong advantage to being a holdertestifies Ms. McMahon, who was elected to represent Beaches-East York as a Liberal MP in the June 2 provincial election.

We sometimes say two things: we want more gender equity, we want young people and we want more diversity on the board, but you can’t have new faces without giving everyone a level playing field. »

A quote from Mary-Margaret McMahon, former Toronto City Councilor

The five departures include veteran advisers Michael Ford and Kristyn Wong-Tam, who made the jump to provincial politics last month, as well as Ana Bailao, Joe Cressy and John Filion who opted out of running in October.

As of Friday, Councilor Anthony Perruzza, who represents Humber River-Black Creek, and Mark Grimes, for Etobicoke Lakeshore, had not yet registered to vote. Candidates have until August 19 to do so.

In 2018, when Premier Doug Ford reduced the council from 44 to 25 seats, only three new political recruits were elected.

Renewal Challenges

Term limits are a means of leveling the playing field because they ensure rotation every two or three terms, depending on the duration of the limitation. But there can also be a downside, nuance Sheila White, longtime collaborator and political adviser to the late Mel Lastman when he was mayor. She ran for two municipal elections herself.

What if you have an advisor who is simply excellent, who has always been there for you and keeps his word on every issue? You don’t want to force this person to leave. »

A quote from Sheila White, former political adviser

Another argument against term limits: some seasoned councilors have pointed out that they can rob a city council of valuable political experience.

According to Ms. McMahon, introducing a transition period could be a way around the problem. An outgoing adviser would show the novice the ropes, to ease the transition from veteran to rookie, she suggests.

Electoral strategy

Newly elected officials face other challenges, Ms. White also warns, especially when campaign costs can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Moreover, some candidates are affiliated with the main political parties, which is a major advantage for them.

A political party can provide canvassers, workers, free labor and other types of assistance that a candidate who is not supported by a political party would not haveshe explains.

The most essential element for a candidate is to knock on the door [des électeurs]. »

A quote from Sheila White

You need a canvassing team to help you knock on those doors, continues Ms. White. And ideally, you would like to canvass your neighborhoods, all of your polling places, at least once and maybe two or three times if you can, because people need to know who you are.

Former city councilors Brad Bradford, Mary-Margaret McMahon and political adviser White encourage any aspiring politician to seriously consider running for office.

In the end, it’s a labor of love, says Bradford. You do it because you want to make a difference in your community. You want to make a difference in our city.

Based on information from Michael Smee, CBC

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