Toronto is facing some giant challenges. David Soknacki has the political courage to face these problems head-on – and solve them.
DAVID VS GRIDLOCK
Ask yourself: is your commute better than it was four years ago?
David Soknacki’s top priorities: fighting commuter gridlock – and the political gridlock that has made your commute tougher.
David Soknacki will fast track new policies to improve your commute now, not in the distant future. He’ll push for more innovative construction strategies to get transport infrastructure built more quickly. And he’s the only civic leader to have spoken out against TTC Chair Karen Stintz’s relentless, selective price hikes for Metropass buyers, who make up the majority of transit riders.
Most of all, David will fight gridlock the way Mayor Ford and TTC Chair Karen Stintz didn’t care to: with the efficient use of tax dollars in mind. Although he’s a lifelong Scarborough resident, David is the ONLY major mayoral candidate with the political courage to promise to cancel the Bloor-Danforth subway extension in Scarborough, and replace it with modern, cost-effective LRT plan that was already partly designed – and fully funded. The “Ford-Stintz Stubway” is a politically-motivated Goliath of waste that would take longer to build, serve far fewer people and cost far more.
DAVID VS PARTISAN GRIDLOCK
Rob Ford and Karen Stintz have both promised to run slates of Council candidates to promote bloc voting at Toronto City Council – read more here.
David believes City Council needs better thinking – not more partisan gridlock. He’s the only major mayoral candidate to pledge not to support slate voting. He’s proven he can work with councillors regardless of their neighbourhood, personal background or political affiliation.
In December, David gave a pre-campaign speech explaining why excessive partisanship is a challenge at City Hall.
Read the full text here.
DAVID VS SECRECY
David launched his campaign with an ethics pledge, attacking excessive secrecy at City Hall.
Toronto deserves a full-time Mayor. David is pledging to publicly disclose his schedule as Mayor, report days off publicly and limit corporate conflicts.
After Labour Day, David’s campaign will disclose donors in real-time, as campaign donations are deposited – a first in Canada.
David is pledging to disclose meetings with lobbyists and lobby groups during the campaign. For more information, read David’s January 6th pledge by clicking here.
DAVID VS RED TAPE
To help make it easier for Torontonians to start a small business, mayoral candidate David Soknacki will lead reforms to Toronto’s business license system – a system that’s so obsolete, the City’s Ombudsman has launched a red tape investigation to try to improve it.
As part of a broader effort to modernize civic regulations, Soknacki promised three changes to Toronto business license policy if elected:
1. New small businesses would be liable to pay Toronto business license fees at the end of their first year, instead of at registration – creating a modest but useful upfront savings for entrepreneurs.
2. By December 2015, Soknacki would launch a business license review – in line with initiatives seen in other cities across North America (see backgrounder) – to eliminate obsolete or unnecessary license categories, allowing regulators to focus strictly on health risks, fire risks and public safety issues.
3. By February 2016, Soknacki would lead City Hall to modernize license services so business license transactions could be handled online or at other city service points across Toronto. At present, businesses can only register at a single office at 850 Coxwell, with limited renewal service online.