You would think that former progressive Conservative leader and federal MP Patrick Brown would choose to run for mayor in Mississauga where he currently lives, but now he has chosen to run in Brampton where he is rumored to have more of a support base.
Former Bramalea-Gore-Malton MP Bal Gosal, who has been in the political wilderness for a while now is also in the running for the mayoral position in Brampton. Seasoned Brampton regional and city Councillor John Sprovieri is also relishing the prospect of occupying the mayor’s chair after October 22.
Gosal was minister of state of sport under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, he has listed transit, crime and expediting construction of the downtown Ryerson University campus as his top three priorities if elected.
Linda Jeffrey is running on a platform that shows her experience and knowledge that has come from being a resident of Brampton since 1983. She has seen the demographics change and has grown accustomed to the changing political landscape.
She hopes enough voters value those credentials.
Mayoral candidate Patrick Brown would’ve probably have been Premier of Ontario had his fortunes not changed at the eleventh hour.
He has been around for 18 years and has assiduously cultivated contacts and relationships within a section of South Asians and he probably hopes that it would translate into support at a time he needs it badly.
He began his political career 2000 as a municipal councillor in Barrie before moving to federal politics in 2006, he then pivoted toward provincial politics in 2015 as the representative at Queen’s Park for Simcoe North.
His high point was winning the PC leadership in September 2015 and held that role until stepping down amid sexual misconduct allegations at the end of February. He is currently doing all he can to clear his name and reclaim his tarnished reputation.
And while there are candidates running who have name recognition, that does not seem to have stopped others from also throwing their hats into the ring. They are lawyer Wesley Jackson, Mansoor Ameersulthan and Vinod Kumar Mahesan.
Everyone is looking forward to some lively debates that would let voters know who the best candidate is to be mayor of Brampton at a time when the city is transforming itself so rapidly. Whoever wins eventually will have his or her work cut out. -CINEWS