Will John Tory’s ‘prudent’ leadership be tough enough to tackle Toronto’s big issues if he’s re-elected?
“The Tories have to do a much better job of making [the GTA] a place other people want to live,” says Andrew Law, a political strategist and communications director at law firm Jones Day.
“There’s a lot to be done.”
Ahead of the release of his party’s platform in the next week, Law and others are looking to see if Tory’s party leadership will be able to handle the tough issues facing the city.
One issue he says is already facing challenges is crime.
“The challenge is not the crime, the challenge is that this isn’t an island of safety,” says Law.
Many of the city’s violent crime hotspots, says Law, are suburban, out-of-the-way locations that are not accessible to residents.
He says one of the hardest issues facing Toronto residents is what to do with the vacant city-owned land that is sitting empty.
“The land is sitting there, there’s nothing for us to do with it,” says Law.
Another issue that many are looking to see if Tory and his party will tackle effectively is the cost of living.
“We’ve seen a rise in the cost of living in Toronto, and I don’t think we’re immune to that,” says Law.
“What the government is doing is that they’re putting out the ‘sales tax,’” says Law. “It’s a tax that would be levied on the private sector and on business, who are the middle guys or the big guys in the economy and who they can then pass the dollars to …”
“I don’t think the federal Conservatives understand that when you raise taxes, you take people’s incomes from them. When you increase the price of something,