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Riding to watch: Liberals, NDP face off on affordable housing battlefield in wavering Parkdale-High Park

By Charelle Evelyn      

Incumbent Liberal MP Arif Virani and NDP opponent Paul Taylor are both selling their housing platforms in Parkdale–High Park, where homelessness is a growing issue.

Liberal MP Arif Virani, centre, pictured on Sept. 15, 2019, at the Toronto Ukrainian Festival in Parkdale-High Park. Mr. Virani, who was first elected in 2015 with 42 per cent of the vote, is in a tough battle against the NDP candidate. He beat NDP incumbent Peggy Nash in 2015 by only 1,057 votes. Ms. Nash garnered 40 per cent of the vote in that election. Photograph courtesy of Twitter

TORONTO—As he walks down Queen Street West on the second day of the election campaign, Arif Virani is hailed by a honking minivan carrying cheering, sign-waving supporters. Fresh from dropping campaign signs at some of Parkdale Village’s ubiquitous Tibetan restaurants, he is stopped by various residents looking to shake his hand, ask him a question, or just wish him well.

Charelle Evelyn

Charelle Evelyn is a managing editor with The Hill Times.
- cevelyn@hilltimes.com


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