Friday, October 24, 2014

Join Michael for a Coffee, Tea & Discussion!

We are campaigning hard right up to election day for living wages, defending public services, fare free transit, tenant rights and landlord licensing, affordable housing, democratic reform, police accountability and a platform centred around social and economic justice for our community.

Michael will be canvassing between now and Monday but will also be at the campaign office between  2-4 p.m. Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday to talk to anyone who would like to meet him, has any last minute questions or who would like to discuss issues or concerns they have in our neighbourhood or the city.

So drop by for a coffee or tea and a chat!

Where: Michael Laxer Campaign Office, 2858 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (at 5th St.) 
When: Saturday, October 25 2-4 p.m. & Sunday October 26 12-4 p.m.
Contact: 416-251-5576/ 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Strategic Voting: Always a Mistake!

This past Sunday I was in the Toronto Star standing up against the "dangerous logic" of so-called strategic voting:

"Michael Laxer, a self-described socialist candidate running in Etobiocke’s Ward 6, is also disturbed that voters, especially those inclined to support Olivia Chow, now plan to vote for John Tory because recent polls place him as the frontrunner.
“John Tory has become the strategic, all embodying alternative to Doug and Rob Ford(open Rob Ford's policard). He’s seen as the person you have to vote for if your apparent objective is to stop the Fords and their agenda,” Laxer said.
But Laxer says there is a “dangerous logic” in strategic voting for those wanting a progressive alternative to the Ford brothers when Tory’s politics are not all that much different — minus what Tory refers to as the “chaos and division.”
“John Tory is presenting himself now as a centrist, but he’s not. He was the head of the Conservative Party. He is blue-blood Bay Street as it gets,” Laxer said. “He is the embodiment of the corporate and right-wing agenda in Toronto and I believe he will be a very strong, fierce and very effective opponent of unions, workers and public services and programs in the city.”
This interview was based around an article I wrote for on why strategic voting is not just wrong in this case, but generally:
"Voting for John Tory means enabling the very worst logic of "strategic voting". The liberal "left" has brought this on itself by its embrace of the logic of getting "better" people elected "strategically", and the sheer anti-democratic stupidity of the idea is now being proven.
The false, dangerous and profoundly self-defeating idea that voters should be "realistic" and embrace the "best" alternative to the worst option is coming back to haunt the many among the Liberals and New Democrats who have so often and so misguidedly advocated for it in different circumstances when it seemed to their benefit.
It is an idea that has empowered the right and facilitated the left's defeat.
Now that "strategic voting" is being used to advocate John Tory's election, one hopes that the cynical notion itself will be abandoned.
Realism in the electoral arena is a game the left simply cannot win, as Chow's campaign has again shown. There will always be a more "realistic" option.
Perhaps it is time to once and for all abandon the right wing farce of "realism" and start to actually advocate openly and avowedly for the principles we allegedly believe in."
Strategic is ALWAYS a mistake! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fare Free Transit in Toronto & Etobicoke: Video from the Fare Free Transit Forum in Ward 6

Video from the Fare Free Transit Forum held jointly by my campaign and the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly on September 28 is now available online.

Both videos can be found on the Socialist Project website: and are embed directly below.

"Presentations by:
Topics of discussion included:
  • Is fare free transit possible in Toronto?
  • What would be the social benefits of such a transit policy?
  • How would free transit benefit the suburbs and Etobicoke?
  • What can we learn from the free transit experiment in Tallinn, Estonia?"

Friday, September 26, 2014

Get your sign October 2nd & Join the Fight!

The signs have arrived! You can have one in your window or on your lawn October 2nd and show your support for a real alternative to cutbacks and austerity.

Each sign has a message and you can pick yours: Higher Wages, Free Transit or Public Services!

Email us at or call 416-251-5576.

Join the Fight!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Two Exciting Upcoming Campaign Events in September!

Two exciting upcoming campaign events in September!

The Fight for Fare Free Transit in Toronto: A Coffeehouse & Forum of the GTWA Free and Accessible Transit Campaign & the Michael Laxer Ward 6 Campaign

Where: The Big Guy's Little Coffee Shop, 2861 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
When: Sunday, September 28, 2:30 p.m.

Join us in heart of South Etobicoke for a public discussion forum about the fight for Free Transit in Toronto. 

Kamilla Petrick of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly's Free and Accessible Transit Campaign & Ward 6 Socialist City Council candidate Michael Laxer, who is campaigning for Free Transit, will be speaking and moderating the discussion. Kamilla Petrick is an activist and academic living in Toronto and has contributed to the growing Toronto public transit movement as a member of TTCRiders and the Free Transit campaign.

We will look at:
-Is fare free transit possible in Toronto?
-What would be the social benefits of such a transit policy?
-How would free transit benefit the suburbs and Etobicoke?
-What can we learn from the free transit experiment in Tallinn, Estonia?

As well as other related topics.

The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. Some refreshments will be available for free and coffee/tea and other refreshments will be available for a charge from the coffee shop.

The Big Guy's Little Coffee Shop is a fully accessible venue.

The Elect Michael Laxer - Ward 6 City Councillor 2014 campaign website:
The GTWA website:
The GTWA Free and Accessible Transit Campaign on Facebook:

Related readings:
Herman Rosenfeld on the fight for fare free transit:

Michael Laxer on how fare free transit is possible:

For any further information email us at: or call (416) 251-5576

Get updates on the event on Facebook:

Canvass for a Socialist Candidate! 

Where: Campaign Office, 2858 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke.
When: Sunday, September 14, 11 a.m.

Earlier this year, Seattle elected socialist Kshama Sawant to council and she spearheaded a campaign to introduce a $15 minimum wage to the city.

If you think Toronto could do better with a socialist candidate who will also fight for a $15 minimum wage in Toronto (as well as many other important issues), come out to help us canvas for Michael Laxer, who's running in Etobicoke-Lakeshore (Ward 6)

More campaign details here:

We'll be heading out for about 2 hours of canvassing - you can either choose to just drop off pamphlets or if you're the talkative type, do some doorknocking.

The campaign office address is at 2858 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (at 5th St.).

It is on the 501 Queen Streetcar line and there is a 5th st. stop). It is two blocks east of Islaington for those who take the subway (they would take the subway to Islington & the 110 Islington South bus to Lake Shore & walk east).

The phone number is 416-251-5576

Get updates for the event on Facebook: 

Afterwards, if you want to join us, we will be heading down to the Parkdale March to Freeze the Rent!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Toronto Needs to Take Action on Poverty!

Toronto needs to take serious steps to deal with our growing levels of poverty and inequality and its politicians need to stop paying mere lip service to doing something about it. Shocking and shameful statistics released recently show:

After gradually declining to 27 per cent in 2010 from a high of 32 per cent in 2004, the city’s child poverty rate has increased once again.

In some areas it’s much worse: 15 of Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods have child poverty rates of 40 per cent or more, while 40 have poverty rates of 30 per cent or more.

In fact, among Canada’s 13 major cities, Toronto tied with Saint John, N.B., as having the highest poverty rate, according to the analysis of new Statistics Canada data by a coalition of social agencies.

A municipal living minimum wage, a serious affordable housing strategy and landlord licensing, fighting for fare free transit and to eliminate user fees; these are just a few of the initiatives Toronto needs to really do something to change this unacceptable situation. 

What Toronto does not need is more platitudes, studies and committees! It needs action.

As part of my campaign for real change and action at City Hall, on August 28, 2014 I signed the "Action on Poverty Candidate's Pledge" of the Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto.

Together, we can end poverty in our communities and neighbourhoods!