POLS ESSAAAY - Mayoral Municipal Elections and Taxation The...

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Mayoral Municipal Elections and Taxation The recent municipal elections In Toronto consisted of three candidates, Doug Ford, John Tory and Olivia Chow. What they had promised to the people of Toronto were based around the same concepts, issues such as taxation, transit and creating more jobs. They were all mentioning similar Issues in their campaign because of the political agenda. Taxation, transit, housing and the creation of jobs is what appears to be the most
significant areas that require an improvement and hit the spotlight in todays society. There are always a set of legitimate topics for debate which are difficult to refrain from, especially when the major parties share the same basic views (Cairns, Sears, 2012, pg2). This is why in debates, interviews and platforms, you don’t find any major differences in topics. Doug Ford, Olivia Chow and John Tory all presented different views on the land transfer tax which portrayed either liberalism, reform liberalism or conservatism. This essay will explain the different views the three mayoral candidates had and how they corresponded to an ideology. Doug Ford, the brother of Rob Ford was one of the loosing candidates for the 2014 mayoral elections. He argued and promised just as Rob Ford did, to cut the land transfer tax (Church, 2014). A land transfer tax is a tax paid when a building is bought. Doug Ford thinks the land transfer tax is unfair to individuals because it has the hard- working people put money in the governments pockets rather than their own (Powell, 2014). It’s basically an unnecessary tax added on top of other taxes. His priority on the rights of individuals leads me to conclude that he follows the viewpoints of a liberal, which emphasizes the rights of individuals. In this case, Doug ford is highly concerned with the rights of individuals due to the fact that he does not want individuals facing troubles because of the land transfer tax. Land transfer tax can be a burden to families, young adults and also the elderly. Generally, it can be a burden to anyone wanting to buy a home. He is willing to take a risk of removing the tax that benefits economy, to benefit individuals. To add on, from what I recall from the lecture by Bruce J

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