Five top mayoral candidates coming to York to debate transportation issues

The top five candidates for mayor – George Smitherman, Rob Ford, Sarah Thomson, Joe Pantalone and Rocco Rossi – are expected to go head-to-head on issues of finance and transportation at York University this week.

Rob Ford

The debate, the second in a three-part series dubbed Toronto Debates 2010, will take place Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, 112 Accolade East Building, Keele campus.

Steve Paikin, host of TVO’s “The Agenda”, will moderate the debate. Royson James, a columnist at the Toronto Star; John Stall, a

Joe Pantalone

reporter at 680News Radio; and Citytv’s Francis D’Souza will be the evening’s panellists.

In the debate, titled Finance, Transportation, and Managing the City, the mayoral candidates will address the question: Facing a budget deficit, what will our city’s next mayor do to improve the municipal services that matter most to Torontonians?

Rocco Rossi

As background, papers on governing Toronto, transportation options and the move ahead have been provided ahead of time by the Toronto Board of Trade; the University of Toronto’s Cities Centre; former Toronto city councillor Richard Gilbert, an energy transportation and urban governance consultant ; and Karl Jaffary, a lawyer and a former member of city council in the 1970s. To view the papers, visit the Toronto Debates 2010 website.

George Smitherman

The Toronto Debates 2010 is presented by the Toronto Community Foundation, the United Way Toronto, the Toronto Board of Trade and the Toronto City Summit Alliance. It’s sponsored by the Toronto Star, 680News and Rogers TV.

Sarah Thomson

The debates are designed to help focus discussion of the major issues facing the people of Toronto in the coming years. The debates are intended to spark real debate – not mere political zingers – about complex, important issues that the candidates would face if elected the next mayor of Toronto.

Election Day for Toronto’s new mayor is Oct. 25.

For more information on the debates, visit the Toronto Debates 2010 website.