Welcome to the City of Mississauga’s new information page about the 42nd Federal Election which will take place on Monday October 19th, 2015.
Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city. I believe the issues facing our community are the issues facing the majority of Canadians.
Throughout these pages you will find more information about the policy positions that your City Councillors are advocating on your behalf. These include greater investments for transportation and infrastructure; affordable housing; and new initiatives to generate economic development opportunities.
Council works together with organizations like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) – which bring together municipal leader leaders to shape the agendas of both the federal and provincial governments.
I encourage you to check back regularly as we continue to update these pages about ongoing news, events, and information about who your local Mississauga candidates are; which riding you reside in; and information from Election Canada about voting.
We are truly fortunate to call Mississauga, Ontario, and Canada, home. Democracy is the foundation of our country’s guiding principles.
On Monday October 19th, I encourage you to speak up, be heard, and cast your ballot in the best interest of our community.
Bonnie Crombie, MBA, ICD.D
Mayor, City of Mississauga
In June, Mississauga Council unanimously passed a resolution to host a local debate during the 2015 federal election on issues facing cities with a specific focus on our community.
Consistent with the advocacy work undertaken by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, this Mississauga debate will focus on three leading priorities: transit and infrastructure; economic development; and affordable housing.
There will be a Community of Panel of three representatives who will principally ask questions to candidates. They include:
Mayor Crombie, lead panelist for transportation/infrastructure;
Sheldon Leiba, former president and CEO with the Mississauga Board of Trade and Vice President, Network & Membership Relations with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce - lead panelist for economic development;
Anita Stellinga, Vice President of Community Investment with United Way Peel, lead panelist for affordable housing;
The following candidates will represent their parties during the debate:
Peter Fonseca, Liberal Party, Mississauga East-Cooksville;
Linh Nguyen, Green Party, Mississauga Centre;
Farheen Khan, NDP, Mississauga Centre;
The Mayor's Office reached out to regional organizers for each of the main political parties; the regional organizers chose which candidates would participate in our debate.
The debate will be sixty minutes in length, moderated by Michael A. Charbon, a public affairs commentator and television host with Rogers Cable 10.
This debate is a special edition of #CrombieConnects - Mayor Crombie's monthly TV show on Rogers TV Cable 10. It will be taped on September 29th and replaying throughout the remainder of the campaign leading up to Election Day. Broadcast times are as follows:
City Council has endorsed in principle, a study regarding a freight bypass rail line between the Canadian Pacific (CP) Line (Milton GO Rail corridor) west of Trafalgar Road in Milton and the Canadian National (CN) bypass Line at Bramalea. This concept is one option to permit for two-way, all-day GO service between Union Station and Kitchener via Malton on the Kitchener GO line as well as expansion of GO Train service to Cambridge.
The bypass would have three major benefits:
Provide an alternative to the challenge of widening the Milton and Kitchener GO Rail corridors
Remove heavy freight from the Milton and Kitchener GO Rail corridors;
Free up inner parts of the Milton and Kitchener GO Rail corridors for two-way service on the outer ends of these lines including new service to Cambridge and expanded service to Kitchener and Waterloo Region.
The study looked at the feasibility and business case of a new rail line to separate freight from passenger services and to connect the Milton GO line, west of Trafalgar Road in Milton to the CN Bramalea bypass line in Brampton, beside Highway 407. This new line would take heavy freight rail away from the Milton and Kitchener GO lines making these lines available for commuter rail.
The study by IBI Group cost $84,000 and was shared between the partnering municipalities: City of Mississauga, City of Toronto, Town of Milton and City of Cambridge (Kitchener, Waterloo, Region of Waterloo). The study recommends municipalities develop a process and work with Metrolinx, CN and CP to apply for funding from the Government of Canada.
Once approved, the study will be forwarded to Provincial and Federal Governments for consideration. It will also be shared with Metrolinx, CN and CP railways and the municipalities sponsoring the study.
The Missing Link is a proposed new rail corridor that would link the CN bypass line at Bramalea with the CP line through-route near the Milton-Mississauga border. The Missing Link proposes the separation freight from passenger services on the GO Transit Milton and Kitchener lines.