Voters in some Toronto ridings will cast ballots 3 times this year
Three election campaigns at once
In two Toronto-area ridings, there may be election signs for candidates for three levels of government on a single lawn.
While all of Toronto's eligible voters will have the chance to cast a ballot at least twice this year, people living in the ridings of Trinity-Spadina and Scarborough-Agincourt will get to vote on three separate elections — or byelections — between now and October.
The first election of interest, of course, is the provincial election that will take place on June 12. It affects all Toronto voters and was called by Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne after her minority government was unable to get opposition members to help support its budget.
Eighteen days later, there will be federal byelections in the Trinity-Spadina and Scarborough-Agincourt ridings.
Those byelections were triggered by the departure of a pair federal MPs who decided to take a shot at political opportunities closer to home.
In Trinity-Spadina, Olivia Chow stepped down so that she could pursue a bid to become the next mayor of Toronto. Jim Karygiannis, who sat for more than a quarter-century as a Liberal MP, left his own seat in Scarborough-Agincourt in an attempt to win a seat on Toronto City Council this fall.
Chow and Karygiannis will learn how their political gambles have paid off on Oct. 27, the date that Toronto’s municipal election will take place — also the third time that the Trinity-Spadina and Scarborough-Agincourt voters will be voting this year.