Green Party Leader Annamie Paul Launches Campaign in Toronto Centre
With deep roots in the community, Paul reaffirms her commitment to residents as she prepares for the next federal election.
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul is officially running in the Toronto Centre riding as the candidate in the next federal election. At an online event on Earth Day, April 22, Paul marked the start of her campaign with hundreds of her supporters.
“Toronto Centre has long been a Liberal fortress, and some say that it’s unbreachable. But I promised that I would not turn my back on our community, and I won’t,” said Paul.
While the climate emergency remains a central element of her platform, Paul expressed an urgent need to address a wider range of social issues prevalent in Toronto Centre and throughout Canada, by ensuring essential workers and multigenerational households have priority access to vaccines, creating housing affordability and resolving the homelessness crisis, facilitating a green and just recovery from COVID-19, and implementing a Guaranteed Liveable Income.
“Across Toronto, and in our community, too many things are being left unsaid and undone. For a city that is 100% represented by the party in government, people should not have to struggle so hard to have their concerns heard and responded to,” she said.
In the October 2020 Toronto Centre by-election, Paul received nearly 33% of the vote, translating into a close second place in the riding. This is a marked jump from her 7% share in the 2019 federal election, and the highest number that the Green Party has ever seen in Toronto, creating an upward trend which she hopes to continue into the next election.
About the Riding
Toronto Centre is a federal political riding located in downtown Toronto. The district encompasses Regent Park, St. James Town, Cabbagetown, Church and Wellesley, Ryerson University, and a portion of the Financial District.