Toronto

Gardiner Expressway east vote: Who's still undecided?

The debate on what to do with the eastern Gardiner Expressway goes to city hall next week, and as of today councillors are virtually deadlocked.
Council is nearly dead-locked when it comes to what to do with the eastern section of the Gardiner Expressway. And, as Jamie Strashin reports, some councillors remain undecided. 2:15

The debate on what to do with the eastern Gardiner Expressway goes to city hall next week, and by Friday councillors remained virtually deadlocked.

CBC's latest count has 16 councillors in favour of tearing down the crumbling Gardiner east of Jarvis Street, including Coun. Ana Bailão who threw her support behind the plan today.

Meanwhile, 15 councillors are backing the "hybrid" option — which would remove part of the highway but maintain the elevated section west of the Don Valley Parkway — that's being pushed by Mayor John Tory.

There are still 14 councillors undecided.

      1 of 0
      Etobicoke Coun. John Campbell is among them. He told CBC Radio's Here and Now he wants to make a decision he'll be happy with 15 years from now.

      Campbell said he thinks tearing down the Gardiner will create more traffic congestion than the "remove" side admits, but he's also critical of the hybrid plan, which he called "barely satisfactory."

      The first-term councillor said he thinks the entire process has shown a "lack of creativity," and added whatever design city council chooses will likely be modified in the months after the vote.

      Campbell admits it's a difficult choice, but he said he doesn't feel any pressure. He is, however, expecting a busy week of speechmaking at city hall ahead of the Friday vote. 

      Who's backing the tear-down?

      • Many councillors of many downtown wards.
      • Current and former chief planners Jennifer Keesmaat and Paul Bedford.
      • A group of major property developers.
      • Former Toronto mayor David Crombie, a group of Toronto MPs.

      Who supports the hybrid option?

      • Mayor John Tory.
      • Councillors of many wards outside of the core.
      • Public works chair Coun. Jaye Robinson.
      • The Canadian Automobile Association and Ontario Trucking Association.

      The chart below shows how councillors are planning to vote as of Friday.

      Here's how councillors are voting on the Gardiner East as of Friday. (CBC)
       

      Comments

      To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

      By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.