LISTEN: Karen Stintz to stake her bid for Mayor on transit issues, new downtown subway
The Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission will base her campaign to be the city's next mayor on issues related to public transit and getting around Toronto's congested streets.
In an interview with NEWSTALK 1010's Moore in the Morning, the veteran city councillor says she will run on a 'fiscal agenda.'
She pledges to base her bid on "making sure that Toronto remains an affordable place to live, making sure that we build the transit plans that have been approved, looking to figure out how to improve transit in the city, safe neighourhoods, and making sure that as we develop our city, that we are protecting the neighbourhoods that have already been established."
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Stintz adds that a building a new subway line to take pressure of existing routes through the downtown core will be a top priority in her campaign.
Once a member of Rob Ford's inner circle, Stintz will now run directly against the incumbent mayor. She says in spite of that, she still supports Ford's fiscal agenda and will support him in the city's final budget vote before the 2014 election. However, she feels that Toronto needs to 'move forward.'
"I think if we have another 4 years of Rob Ford, we'll stay exactly where we are," she says.
The TTC Chair announced over the weekend that she's running for mayor of Toronto in next year's municipal vote.
Stintz has chaired the TTC since 2010 when she was appointed by Rob Ford. As she butted heads with the mayor this summer over city transit planning, councillor Doug Ford said her appointment was "the biggest mistake we ever did".
Stintz joins Miller era budget chief David Soknacki in making her intentions clear. Rob Ford has also vowed to sign up for re-election the first day candidates can register, January 2nd 2014.
Toronto votes October 27, 2014.
(with files from Siobhan Morris)