The London Convention Centre was full of Londoners passionate to hear about where our mayoral and ward 13 candidates stand on some of the most urgent issues downtown.
14 mayoral candidates and 8 ward 13 candidates expressed their opinions on a number of topics covered last night, but the one that caused the most controversy between both candidates and Londoners, was the Bus Rapid – Transit plan (BRT).
“The BRT really took over the conversation ” Said Joyce Bennet, member of the Thames Valley District School Board. “I’m more interested in the opioid sites or anything to do with supporting people in poverty.”
Out of all four front running mayoral candidates, only one supported this plan. Tanya Park says that BRT will “pull buses out of the way of cars and cars out of the way of busses” she continues “BRT on Richmond street is going to make it so you’re only stopped for a red light.”
Arielle Kayabaga, a ward 13 candidate, feels that the debate should have been more focused on some of the more urgent issues happening downtown, because “A lot of the issues happening in our downtown core right now are caused by homelessness and poverty” said Kayabaga, “I think that the most important issue we should be talking about right now in this election, shouldn’t be transit, it should be about providing support to people, and ending homelessness in our community.”
The election will be held on October 22nd, which gives Londoners lots of time to make a decision.