CityNews will host the first televised debate of the 2014 mayoral election on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Watch the debate live on City, CityNews.ca/live, the CityNews app or 680News.com/livevideo.
Below are 10 things you need to know before watching the debate.
When and where will it be held?
Wednesday at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the CityNews studio.
Which candidates are participating?
The debate will feature the five main candidates: Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory.
Who is moderating it?
CityNews anchor Gord Martineau and a panel of four journalists will pose questions to the candidates.
How can you watch it?
It will be broadcast on City and live streamed at CityNews.ca, 680News.com and the CityNews app.
How can the public participate?
Viewers can text, tweet or click to vote on the candidates’ performance.
What will the questions focus on?
Transit, finances and leadership.
What is the order of podium positions?
What happens after the debate?
Post-debate analysis will be provided by Maclean’s magazine’s political reporter Charlie Gillis and 680News political affairs specialist John Stall.
What does the latest poll say?
According to a March 15 Forum Research poll, Chow would win the mayor’s race with 36 per cent of the vote. The poll was conducted on March 13, the day Chow entered the race. Mayor Ford would get 28 per cent of the vote with John Tory garnering 22 per cent, Stintz at five per cent and Soknacki, two per cent.
What’s the newest from the five main mayoral candidates?
The mayor has not yet released his campaign platform. But he’ll kickoff his campaign on April 17 at the Congress Centre.
Last week, Chow said she wants to increase bus capacity on the city’s busiest routes by 10 per cent.
Last week, Soknacki said he supports the Billy Bishop airport expansion but that it needs to adhere to federal safety standards.
Stintz announced her funding plan for the Toronto downtown relief line on Monday, saying she will use city assets like Toronto Hydro, worth over $1.14 billion, to build it.
Tory’s platform consists of keeping taxes low and ending gridlock in the political chambers and on the roads.
With files from Christine Chubb