Why should I be the next mayor of Toronto?

Dear CBC Toronto and Media Outlets,

Why should I be the mayor of Toronto? Because I believe in a city where every Torontonian matters.

As an autistic, queer, and transgender individual who has experienced the highs and lows of living in this diverse city, I bring a unique perspective to the table. I have faced homelessness and poverty, but I have also tasted artistic success and found community. These experiences have fueled my passion for advocating mental health issues, poverty alleviation, and addressing crucial challenges like homelessness and addiction.

With a career spanning software development, art direction, fashion design, music production, and writing, I have woven a vibrant tapestry of creativity. My vision for Toronto is one that embraces compassion and inclusivity. It is a city where housing, food, and hope are not luxuries, but basic human rights.

I have prepared comprehensive white papers that propose innovative solutions to some of our city’s most pressing issues. From addressing homelessness to revitalizing our music scene, from transforming public safety to reforming drug policies, I am committed to evidence-based, compassionate approaches.

But my commitment goes beyond policies. It is deeply personal. I understand the struggles faced by marginalized communities because I have lived them. As someone who identifies as having been an automedic, I know the importance of decriminalizing drugs, providing safe injection sites, and ensuring access to safe supply.

I stand before you as a candidate who brings a fresh perspective, a track record of creativity, and an unwavering commitment to the well-being of all Torontonians. By collaborating with media outlets like yours, we can amplify the dialogue and drive positive change in our city.

Together, let’s build a Toronto where every Torontonian matters, where compassion and inclusivity guide our decisions, and where we ensure that no one is left behind.

Thank you for your consideration.

Matti Charlton
Mayoral Candidate for Toronto

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