All 200 seats were filled as people were spilling out of the room and poking their heads through the windows from outside.
The people of East York wanted to watch the top five mayoral candidates have it out.
The Parkview Hills Community Association hosted the mayoral debate at the Presteign-Woodbine United Church on Monday night.
The biggest topic of discussion was transit.
Candidates took questions from the audience, the media panel and each other. Each mayoral candidate was able to ask another candidate about a subject of choice, followed by a two minute discussion. Most candidates pointed their questions to John Tory.
He spoke about his SmartTrack plan and about the state of transit as a whole. Tory got loud cheers from the audience when talking about his vision for transit in the city. After elaborating on his SmartTrack plan he said, “We should’ve been adding a stop every year for the last 10 or 15 years… and heaven knows by now, we might have it all the way out to Pickering,” which was followed by cheers from the audience.
All candidates took advantage of the opportunity to have a two minute discussion with another candidate except for Mayor Rob Ford.
“Why am I going to sit here and ask a question, when I know their stance?” said Ford.
This debate is one of over 40 more to come, leading up to voting day on October 27.