Leading up to the provincial election, many spoke of the inevitability of a Conservative win, resulting in low civic engagement and voter turnout. The advocacy chill created by Bill 307 didn't help either.
Image: How Toronto voted in June's Provincial election. By Spacing Toronto
The special relationship between cities and the Province plays an important role in shaping the quality of life, health, and wellbeing of our communities. Funding arrangements, for example, determine whether we have the resources to provide important public services, build essential infrastructure, and support equitable and inclusive communities. The Province also determines the powers cities have to raise revenues and set policy.
As such, and considering the dismal voter turnout, it's worth looking at some analysis of the June provincial election results and what progressives can and should do better:
Analysis of the Conservative win:
- The inside story of how Doug Ford beat the NDP — and destroyed the Liberals — in the Ontario election
- Misunderstood polling data sunk NDP chances to topple Doug Ford
- REID: The Toronto vote in the 2022 Ontario provincial election
On holding Ford accountable:
- on housing promises: Affordable housing is job one
- on promises to workers: How to work for workers
- Eight social purpose sector leaders on what Doug Ford should do right now for Ontarians
- on the use of the notwithstanding clause for Bill 307, which won’t expire until after the next provincial election: Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause goes to court
- It’s time to unite the left in Ontario
- ‘It goes well beyond Andrea’—Ontario New Democrats push for party overhaul
- The Saturday Debate: It is finally time for electoral reform in Ontario?
- The Saturday Debate: Is this the start of new Progressive Conservative dynasty in Ontario?
- Beebe: Ontario's election was a wakeup call. Don’t give up on democracy
- Inspiring people to vote is vital to our democracy
Also in this issue:
- Our next four years: So how is October's municipal election shaping up?
- Improving the lives of women and gender diverse residents with gender equity
- Meet the 20 Torontonians who'll help shape the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy
- Care about social and economic justice? Come work with us!
- Hope to see you in September! (AGM postponed until fall)
- Have you heard? City wasted millions, police discriminated, and Ombudsman investigating encampments
- Have thoughts on how the City seeks your input? Take this short survey.