30 Sep, 2014

IMFG Pre-Election Paper highlights the key election issues in six Ontario cities

The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Mostly): A 2014 Election Primer for Ontario’s Biggest Cities, IMFG Perspectives 9: Pre-Election Series paper, by Zac Spicer

Political change is coming to many of Ontario’s big cities. The mayors of Hamilton, London, Toronto, and Windsor aren’t seeking re-election. It is the end of an era in Mississauga, as matriarch Mayor Hazel McCallion is retiring after 36 years in office. There will be plenty of political intrigue in the run up to Ontario’s October 27 municipal elections. More important for residents, however, are a number of critical issues on the agenda – from financial management, transit investment and renewing the local economy, to rebuilding trust in city governments that have been hit by scandal. The third in the IMFG Pre-Election Perspectives series, the paper profiles election campaigns in six of Ontario’s biggest cities – Hamilton, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, Toronto, and Windsor. Stripping away the electioneering, we focus on the unique economic, demographic, and fiscal conditions in each city, and the major challenges candidates should be talking about and voters should be considering as they head to the ballot box. For each of the six cities, a local expert has been recruited to take on this task.

“Ontarians should be especially attuned to their local politics in 2014,” says the paper’s editor, Zac Spicer.

The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Mostly): A 2014 Election Primer for Ontario’s Biggest Cities can be accessed here.

Zachary Spicer is a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow with the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy. In the 2013-2014 academic year, he held a post-doctoral fellowship with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance.

For more information or for media enquiries, please contact:

Enid Slack                                                          Zac Spicer

enid.slack@utoronto.ca | 416-946-0328    zachary.spicer@utoronto.ca | 416-999-2830