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Where Toronto councillors sit on the future of Transit City

The Globe and Mail asked councillors if they would support a resolution asking the province to cancel Transit City, and if they felt this debate should be made by council or the Toronto Transit Commission:


  • Adam Vaughan (Trinity Spadina): Supports Transit City. Debate should happen at council.
  • Maria Augimeri (York Centre): Supports Transit City. Debate should happen at council.
  • Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre Rosedale). Supports Transit City. Feels the TTC should make a recommendation to council about how to proceed.
  • Mike Layton (Trinity Spadina). Supports Transit City and is concerned about the cancellation costs. Thinks council should make the decision.
  • Glen de Baeremaeker (Scarborough Centre). Supports Transit City and thinks the Toronto Transit Commission should make the call.
  • Mary Fragedakis (Toronto Danforth). Supports Transit City and thinks any change in direction should be debated at council.
  • Sarah Doucette (Parkdale High Park). Supports Transit City. Wasn't sure whether changes to the plan should be made by council or the commission.
  • Janet Davis (Beaches East York). Supports Transit City and says the decision must be made by council.
  • Paula Fletcher (Toronto Danforth). Supports Transit City and says council has to make the decisions on contract cancellations and reconfiguration of transit plans.
  • Josh Matlow (St. Paul's). Supports Transit City and would vote against cancelling approved projects. Wants council to make the decision.
  • Joe Mihevc (St. Paul's) Supports Transit City and wants council to make the decision.
  • Gord Perks: Supports Transit City and says previous council approved several environmental assessments, the capital plan and funding. Says if Mr. Ford has a city-wide agenda, he should bring it to council for debate.
  • Shelley Carroll (Don Valley East): Supports Transit City, especially on Sheppard. Says council has to make the decision.
  • Mary-Margaret McMahon (Beaches East York). Supports Transit City, but open to tweaks. Thinks the decision needs to go to council.


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  • Jaye Robinson (Don Valley West). She wants to see Transit City "tweaked" to including subways. Wants council to debate the decision.
  • Ana Bail√£o (Davenport). Likes some aspects of Transit City plan but not others. Council should make the decision.
  • Josh Colle (Eglinton Lawrence). Priority is building the Eglinton LRT. Council should make the decision.
  • Frank Di Giorgio (York South-Weston). Supports subways and the Eglinton LRT if it goes underground to Jane, but is uncomfortable killing the plan outright without seeing costs. Should go to council.


  • Gary Crawford (Scarborough Southwest). Favours subways but is concerned about the potential cost of contract cancellations. Says a council resolution is "crucial."
  • James Pasternak (York Centre). Says the city needs subways, but also a financial partnership with Queen's Park. Doesn't think a council resolution is necessary.
  • Vincent Crisanti (Etobicoke North). Wants to cancel Transit City, but "concerned" about contract cancellation costs. Says council should make the decision.
  • Mike Del Grande (Scarborough Agincourt). Opposes Transit City, but is waiting to see what happens when Mr. Ford talks to Premier McGuinty. Says it's "premature" to speculate on how council should handle the decision or discussions about contract cancellation costs.
  • David Shiner (Willowdale). Says voters spoke "overwhelmingly" against Transit City and will support whatever process Mr. Ford adopts.
  • Peter Milczyn (Etobicoke Lakeshore). Says Mr. Ford doesn't need a council resolution because he has a clear mandate to stop Transit City.
  • John Parker (Don Valley West). Says council wasn't consulted on Transit City strategy when it emerged in 2007, but feels council needs to debate major policy initiatives.
  • Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre). Supports subways and the sale of air rights. Won't say how the decision should be made.
  • Gloria Lindsay Luby (Etobicoke Centre). Prefers subways, and wants Eglinton LRT be underground through her ward. Feels the decision must be made by council.
  • Denzil Minnan Wong (Don Valley East). Supports subways, but wants to see language of a resolution before voting to kill Transit City outright. Declined to take a position on the decision-making process without consulting city clerk.
  • Raymond Cho (Scarborough Rouge River). Would kill Transit City in favour of subways. Thinks decision should come to full council.

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