There’s a Toronto election on October 27th, 2014. You’ll be casting a vote not only for mayor, but for a local councillor to represent your community. Do you know where your council candidates stand on transportation? Housing? Taxes? Employment? Find out with the Position Primer, brought to you by Women in Toronto Politics.

Select your ward here, or by entering your postal code below.

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THE WHAT

What is the Position Primer?

The Position Primer empowers Toronto voters with the details needed to make an informed choice in the 2014 Toronto election. By giving you a side-by-side comparison of council candidates’ views on the issues that matter, the Position Primer helps you learn which candidates could best represent your interests on Toronto Council. Find out with the Position Primer, brought to you by Women in Toronto Politics.

THE WHO

WiTOpoli

The Position Primer is brought to you by Women in Toronto Politics (or WiTOpoli for short - rhymes with “monopoly”!). WiTOpoli is a non-partisan grassroots group that amplifies women’s voices and promotes a more inclusive civic discourse in Toronto. Learn more about us by visiting our website.

THE HOW

WiTOpoli

Once a week from mid-July to mid-September, Women in Toronto Politics sent an online survey to every Toronto City Council candidate whose contact info we could find. The survey requested candidates’ positions on the 10 issues, in 500 characters or less. Our team also followed up with candidates by phone and Twitter, and encouraged our Twitter and Facebook followers to ask their candidates to do the Position Primer.


The Position Primer features answers from all candidates who completed the survey. Women in Toronto Politics did not edit the answers in any way - we present candidates’ views to you exactly as they were presented to us. Think of it like a megaphone for candidates’ voices!

THE WHY

Why a position primer?

We want to make an informed vote easier to cast - and help Toronto voters feel confident about their choices for who should represent their interests. By gathering the positions of as many candidates as possible in one place, the Position Primer cuts down on the time and energy needed to learn about your options. It also creates a level playing field for all candidates who participated in the Position Primer, allowing you to compare them on the strength of their ideas and not how many lawn signs they can afford to buy.