TVO Today Live and Toronto Region Board of Trade to host Toronto Mayoral Debate on May 25

Moderated by Steve Paikin of The Agenda, leading candidates for mayor will debate their ideas for Toronto’s future

Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Toronto, Ontario, May 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The next event in TVO Today Live’s series on the future of democracy will feature a debate between the leading candidates vying to become Toronto’s next mayor. Held in partnership with the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Toronto Mayoral By-Election Debate will take place at 7 pm ET on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. 

Moderated by Steve Paikin of TVO Today’s The Agenda, the top polling candidates for Toronto’s June 26th by-election will debate the key issues that impact Toronto’s livability and prosperity. Topics will include housing affordability, transit and congestion, access to city services and the prospects of economic growth. Eventbrite registration for this event has already sold out. 

“The TVO Today Live series has focused on the challenges to our democracy,” says John Ferri, VP of Programming and Content at TVO. “What better way to highlight that theme than to bring together on the same stage the leading candidates for mayor of Canada's largest city to debate their respective visions for a city at a crucial moment in its history.”

“The Toronto Region Board of Trade debate is a longstanding tradition as one of the critical points in Toronto’s Mayoral election races,” says Jan De Silva, President & CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade. “This election, the future of our city is at stake. We are inviting a strong group of candidates to demonstrate that they have the vision and plan this city needs for a prosperous, sustainable future. We trust this debate will be invaluable for voters as they seek to make the right choice this June.”

Invited candidates*

  • Ana Bailão
  • Brad Bradford
  • Olivia Chow
  • Mitzie Hunter
  • Josh Matlow
  • Mark Saunders

* The candidates invited are consistently polling as the top six in publicly-available polls, and each has crossed the 10% threshold in at least one reputable, publicly-available poll.

TVO will broadcast the debate live with The Agenda with Steve Paikin providing live analysis immediately following the debate. The debate will stream live on The Agenda’s YouTube channel and a recording of the event will be made available afterwards on The Agenda’s YouTube channel. Visit the TVO Today Live series page to get the latest information and sign up for email updates.

TVO Today Live is made possible through generous support from The Wilson Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen and enrich Canada in education leadership, community, history and heritage, and public service. Events take place in communities across the province and feature conversations with community leaders and experts to inspire civic engagement.

A Debate for Toronto’s Future
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Doors: 6:15 to 6:50 pm 
Debate begins: 7 pm
Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario
RSVP: Eventbrite (sold out), (sold out)

Media registration: Andrea MacBeth 
Media wishing to attend the debate are asked to arrive no later than 6:30 pm.

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The Toronto Region Board of Trade is one of the largest and most influential business chambers in North America and is a catalyst for the region’s economic agenda. We pursue policy change to drive the growth and competitiveness of the Toronto region and facilitate market opportunities with programs, partnerships and connections to help our members succeed – domestically and internationally. 

Media contacts:

Andrea MacBeth
Director, Corporate Communications

Jeff Lang-Weir
Director of Communications
Toronto Region Board of Trade


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