Jared Dodds and Josh Bergant, News Reporters
In many respects, the federal election battles in the ridings of Etobicoke North and Etobicoke-Lakeshore reflect national themes and trends.
Liberals held both seats in the last Parliament and, according to a poll from 338Canada.com, are in the lead heading into the Oct. 21 vote. The Conservatives are gunning for upsets while the Green Party and New Democratic Party trail far behind.
Kirsty Duncan, the Liberal candidate for Etobicoke North, is running to secure another four years as a member of Parliament.
“I am born and raised here,” Duncan said. “This is where my home is. This is where my heart is.“I left a job I loved to serve the community I love,” she said.
Duncan is a cabinet minister in Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s government, filling multiple roles as the Minister of Sports and Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
She and Etobicoke-Lakeshore Liberal candidate James Maloney, who could not be reached for comment, are running on a platform that includes tax breaks for the middle class and stronger gun control.
“For the last 11 years I’ve advocated for affordability and for making life better for our families,” Duncan said. “Serving them is the greatest honour of my life.”
Conservative candidate for Etobicoke North Sarabjit Kaur is also looking to support her riding, just in a different way.
“My plans for the riding, they are not my plans,” she said. “They are coming from the people.”
Kaur was adamant that affordability is the most important issue facing the riding.
This answer lines up with the platform of Etobicoke-Lakeshore candidate for the Conservative Party Barry O’Brien, who could not be reached for comment.
Their party’s platform includes cutting back on foreign aid, lowering the countries deficit and getting rid of the carbon tax.
Kaur said Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be the change the country needs to get back on track.
“He grew up in a middle-class family,” she said. “I think he knows everyday struggles.”
The NDP are fighting back and forth with the Green Party for third, and some of the candidates acknowledge that their chances for a win are slim.
Nancy Ghuman, the Green candidate for Etobicoke North, said her place in this campaign is simply as a paper candidate. She is looking towards the provincial election in three years.
Ghuman and Chris Caldwell, the Green Party candidate for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, say the party platform includes putting $10 billion towards post-secondary education and finding a solution for the climate crisis.