June 8, 2012 – According to a new massive
ward-by-ward poll of almost 9,500
“Clearly, if City Councillors respect the wishes of their constituents, repeal of the Toronto Land Transfer Tax would be easily approved by Toronto City Council. City Councillors should listen to their constituents on this issue,” said Richard Silver, President of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB).
§ in 82 percent of City wards (36 of 44 wards), 50 per cent or more of residents support repealing the Toronto Land Transfer Tax (when including wards where a plurality of residents support repeal, 86% of City wards (38 of 44) support repeal of the Toronto Land Transfer Tax);.
§ in 89 per cent of City wards (39 of 44 wards), 50 per cent or more of residents indicated that they would be more likely to vote for their Councillor in the next election if their Councillor votes to repeal the Toronto Land Transfer Tax (when including wards where a plurality of residents are more likely, 98 per cent of City Wards (43 of 44) are more likely to vote for their Councillor in the next election if their Councillor votes to repeal the Toronto Land Transfer Tax;
§ even in the vast majority of wards represented by councillors who have publicly opposed repeal of the Toronto Land Transfer Tax, a majority of residents support the repeal of this tax.
“There have been a lot of polls showing strong
City-wide public support for the repeal of the Toronto Land Transfer Tax, but
this poll is the first one that took a closer look at public opinion on a
ward-by-ward basis. No matter how you look at it, public opposition to the
Toronto Land Transfer Tax is strong,” said
The Ekos Poll was released as TREB continues to mobilize Torontonians to tell their City Councillors how they feel about this tax. TREB recently launched a new website, www.LetsGetThisRightToronto.ca, to help the public communicate with their City Councillor and to learn more about this issue.
“The Toronto Land Transfer Tax is holding our City
back. Together, we’re building a great
City, but we need to get this right. The
Toronto Land Transfer Tax is no way to build a great City. It makes our City
less affordable, less fair, and less competitive.
The Interactive Voice
Response poll was conducted by Ekos Research in May,
2012 with a sample of 9,459 residents of