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Top Toronto mayoral candidates set to face off again at Board of Trade debate today

TORONTO — The six leading candidates in Toronto’s mayoral election are set to face off again this evening for their fourth debate in 48 hours, sparring on issues like livability and prospects for economic growth.

The sold-out debate hosted by the Toronto Region Board of Trade and TVO Today Live is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre, with just over a month of campaigning left before the June 26 byelection.

It’s set to feature former federal lawmaker Olivia Chow, city councillor Josh Matlow, ex-police chief Mark Saunders, former deputy mayor Ana Bailão, councillor Brad Bradford and former Liberal MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood Mitzie Hunter, who resigned her seat at Queen’s Park to run in the byelection.

A debate hosted Tuesday in the east-end region of Scarborough saw candidates address declining city services, infrastructure challenges like transit, and the need to revitalize community centres.

It also saw candidates face questions about working with Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who holds huge influence over municipal affairs but stirs controversy at city hall, notably among the progressive left.

Several polls have established Chow as the front-runner and she has come under fire in past debates, as candidates seek to make up ground.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2023.

The Canadian Press