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Councillors for and against Transit City

As a followup to yesterday's post about Transit City, here's an illuminating list that the Globe has put together on where 29 city councillors stand on the LRT project. Theoretically speaking, this breakdown should speak more to its the fate than Rob Ford's bold pronouncement yesterday that "Transit City's over."

But in reality it's not quite that simple. As the Globe also notes, "former mayor David Miller never obtained full council approval for the Transit City strategy. The centrepiece of his 2006 re-election platform, the ambitious light-rail plan was approved by the TTC in March of 2007, and received pledges of provincial funding later that year. Council subsequently voted on individual aspects of the plan."

Could the Ford team do something similar to derail the same project? Given the leanings of city council, it's likely that they'll try -- particularly because if it goes to straight to a city council vote, Transit City might have enough remaining supporters to keep it alive. Here's a breakdown of where the 29 who were surveyed stand.

For:

  • Adam Vaughan (Trinity Spadina)
  • Maria Augimeri (York Centre)
  • Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre Rosedale)
  • Mike Layton (Trinity Spadina)
  • Glen de Baeremaeker (Scarborough Centre)
  • Mary Fragedakis (Toronto Danforth)
  • Sarah Doucette (Parkdale High Park)
  • Janet Davis (Beaches East York)
  • Paula Fletcher (Toronto Danforth)
  • Josh Matlow (St. Paul's)
  • Joe Mihevc (St. Paul's)
  • Gord Perks (Parkdale-High Park)
  • Shelley Carroll (Don Valley East)
  • Mary-Margaret McMahon (Beaches East York)

For but with changes:

  • Jaye Robinson (Don Valley West)
  • Ana Bail達o (Davenport)
  • Josh Colle (Eglinton Lawrence)
  • Frank Di Giorgio (York South-Weston)

Against:

  • Gary Crawford (Scarborough Southwest)
  • James Pasternak (York Centre)
  • Vincent Crisanti (Etobicoke North)
  • Mike Del Grande (Scarborough Agincourt)
  • David Shiner (Willowdale)
  • Peter Milczyn (Etobicoke Lakeshore)
  • John Parker (Don Valley West)
  • Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre)
  • Gloria Lindsay Luby (Etobicoke Centre)
  • Denzil Minnan Wong (Don Valley East)
  • Raymond Cho (Scarborough Rouge River)

For those counting, that would be 14 who advocate keeping the project, four who are in favour of staying the course but with some modification, 11 against (not including the mayor himself) and 15 unaccounted for -- numbers that indicate, if nothing else, this is going to be very interesting.

Photo by St-Even in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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