Jul 29, 2013
By Jane Brown
It’s shaping up to be an exciting race in Etobicoke-Lakeshore – one of five provincial byelections this Thursday August 1st. The latest poll gives Progressive Conservative candidate Doug Holyday a 7 point lead over the Liberal’s Peter Milczyn. The previous poll gave Milczyn a 6 percentage point lead over Holyday. Both are Toronto City Councillors hoping to take a seat at Queens Park. Milczyn says the only poll that matters is the vote on election day. “You know, I’ve been running in campaigns for many years. I always know it’s a sprint to the finish. I always have a lot of energy left for the end.”
Milczyn is finding himself having to justify mistakes made by the governing Liberals under former Premier Dalton McGuinty. Doug Holyday says he hears these complaints at the doors as well. “Firstly, those gas plants and the waste at Queen’s Park. They’re downright fed up with it. And also the timing of the election. People are packing their cars ready to go on vacation telling me, gee whiz, I’ve got to go down there and vote now and this isn’t the time to have an election, what are you doing around here?” Holyday goes on to say, “it’s not an election to get people involved. It’s an election by a desperate group who want to call an election with the fewest people involved so they don’t have to explain as much.”
If the Progressive Conservatives win this byelection, it would be the first time the P.C.’s have held a provincial seat in Toronto in 14 years. Running for the NDP in Etobicoke Lakeshore is P.C. Choo, a former Toronto public school board trustee.