A Vote Compass which is a civic engagement tool has been filled out by thousands of eligible Torontonian voters who’ve indicated that transportation and housing are their primary concerns as they go in to vote on October 22. Jockeying for attention is also the issue of immigration that has become a highly divisive issue.
A surge of asylum seekers over the past year, which has resulted in more would-be refugees winding up in the city’s shelter system has created mixed reactions. City council has also reaffirmed the Toronto is a sanctuary city, which means people don’t need to prove their immigration status to get city supports.
Vote Compass asks respondents whether city service providers should be reporting people who enter Canada irregularly to federal authorities. The results were split.
One-in-four people said they strongly agreed with that statement, while a further one-in-five said they somewhat agree.
However, 22 per cent of people strongly disagree, while 17 per cent strongly disagree.
The results were also split by age. One-in-three respondents over 55 strongly agreed, while 26 per cent of people aged 18-34 said they strongly disagreed.
On the issue of a handgun ban in the city, 68 per cent of Torontonians surveyed strongly agree with that plan.
About 51 per cent of respondents agreed that permanent residents who don’t have Canadian citizenship should vote in local elections. However, 23 per cent strongly disagreed with the idea.
On the issue of climate change half the respondents believed the city should be doing much more, while just 20 per cent said the city should stick to the status quo or do less.
There was overwhelming support for dedicated bike lanes. Majority of Vote Compass users want the city to build more — even if it that results in fewer lanes for cars.
Some 38 per cent strongly agreed with building more bike lanes, while 25 per cent agreed with expanding the city’s bike network.
Needless to say, Torontonians are not blindly supporting a candidate but are instead questioning their positions on these issues and are also listening intently to their vision for the city. This is going to be an interesting election. -CINEWS