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article imageToronto Board of Trade criticizes Toronto mayoral candidates

By Andrew Moran     Sep 13, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - With only six weeks until the Toronto municipal election, the latest poll shows that 33 percent of voters are undecided. The Toronto Board of Trade is the latest to show their dissatisfaction with the mayoral candidates to choose from.
On Monday, the Toronto Board of Trade issued a press release in order to call upon the Toronto mayoral candidates to put forth a “comprehensive plan” that would address the economic and social challenges facing the city.
Furthermore, the release also shows their dissatisfaction with the list of candidates to choose from: Rob Ford, George Smitherman, Rocco Rossi, Sarah Thomson, Joe Pantalone and Rocco Achampong.
“We are concerned that with just six weeks left until the election, no candidate has put forth a comprehensive plan on how they will unleash Toronto’s capacity for economic growth and job creation,” said the President and CEO of Toronto Board of Trade, Carol Wilding. “Our economy is still dealing with economic uncertainty. We can’t afford four more years of incremental movement on the key challenges.”
Meanwhile, the Board of Trade put forth 12 recommendations what would address their concerns, which includes reducing or eliminating debt to enable infrastructure investment, introduce multi-year budgets, reform City Council and City Hall, increase accountability and transparency and many others.
The President concluded that the Board of Trade doesn’t have all of the answers to solve our economic woes but the 12-point recommendations will address some of the economic difficulties: “We believe our recommendations will help ensure economic growth, job creation and social integration in the Toronto region.”
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