Vote Notes: Thursday, Sept 13, 2018
A digest of what's going on in London's municipal election
At least one ward candidate has attracted a well-known name in Canadian politics for a fundraiser.
Ward 8 contender Matt Reid is hosting a "night of drinks, food and great conversation" with special guest John Baird.
Baird served as Canada's foreign affairs minister from 2011 to 2015, under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
He was also a provincial cabinet minister under Conservative premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves.
Reid is a personal injury lawyer and has served as chair of the Thames Valley District School Board's board of trustees.
The two met at the University of Ottawa.
"I am thrilled my friend John Baird is coming to London for a fundraiser to support my bid for ward 8," Reid told CBC News. "John has been my friend since I attended law school in Ottawa and this non partisan event is sure to be a fun night where we share stories and discuss the future of Ontario."
Mayoral candidate Paul Paolatto responded to a London Free Press article about his previous support for light rail transit.
Paolatto has made much of his opposition to the current bus rapid transit plan, but in 2016 signed a petition supporting LRT, a much more expensive project, according to the newspaper report. The petition was started by councillor Jesse Helmer, who is running for re-election in Ward 4 and supports BRT.
I appreciate this <a href="https://twitter.com/LFPress?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LFPress</a> article highlighting my initial LRT support. Proves my interest in building a progressive <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LdnOnt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LdnOnt</a> - just not at any price. Good leaders make tough choices. I shall make those hard choices & ensure ratepayers always get value for their civic investments. <a href="https://t.co/KQeeDzqk2W">https://t.co/KQeeDzqk2W</a>—@PPaolatto
Paolatto says the initial support for LRT proves that he wants a progressive city "just not at any price."
Mayoral front-runners Paul Cheng and Ed Holder are also against bus rapid transit. Mayoral candidate Tanya Park is in favour of the $500 million plan.
Event for business owners
A business networking group, Awesome-preneurs, is hosting a mayoral candidate event on Monday.
Candidates will be asked about their positions relating to business.
The event takes place on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Carousel Room at the Western Fair. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Ed Holder, Paul Cheng and Paul Paolatto have said they'll attend. Candidate Tanya Park says she will come after a council committee meeting Monday.
The event begins at 6 p.m.