Former NDP MP, Matthew Kellway, registers to run for city councillor for the Beach neighbourhood

10:23 a.m. May 22, 2018. Former NDP Member of Parliament, Matthew Kellway registered his nomination papers to run for city councillor of Ward 37 on Tuesday.
10:23 a.m. May 22, 2018. Former NDP Member of Parliament, Matthew Kellway registered his nomination papers to run for city councillor of Ward 37 on Tuesday.

May 22, 2018

By Arianne Robinson

Former NDP Member of Parliament, Matthew Kellway registered his nomination papers to run for city councillor of Ward 37 on Tuesday.

The new ward is bordered by Victoria Park Avenue, Danforth Avenue, Coxwell Avenue, Queen Street East, Leslie Street, and the waterfront.

At city hall, moments after filing his papers, Kellway told reporters he is very excited to be starting the campaign process.

“[I’ve] been warming up to it for quite some time now, so [I’m] anxious to get going.”

Kellway served federally from 2011 to 2015 as the NDP MP for Beaches-East York. During that time, he was the opposition critic for urban affairs and infrastructure, as well as deputy critic for transport.

Asked how he thinks that experience could inform him being a city councillor, Kellway said, “I wrote my party’s white paper on cities, and I did it with a view to my own community, but I also had the opportunity to do consultations right across the country with councillors and mayors from different cities. So I’ve got a feel for cities generally across this country and what people want from their cities and the kinds of neighbourhoods they’d like to live in.”