Conservative, Liberal and New Democrat MPs and MPPs–as well as voters from all parties–were present at a rally for Linda Jeffrey Sunday to show their support for her mayoral campaign.

Moving forward collaboration between the Brampton’s various levels of government will be crucial to moving the city forward and to securing funding for major projects.

“It was really important for me and other NDP MPPs to be here to support Linda Jeffrey because she’s the right choice for Brampton. She has a good track record, and she’s demonstrated to us her leadership, passion, and commitment to the city,” says Sara Singh, NDP MPP in Brampton Centre. “Provincially we’re looking forward to working with her.”

For a number of reasons, this election will be one for Brampton’s history books.

For one, four seats at the council table have no incumbents. Three are empty from retiring councillors, and one is empty because one councillor has launched a bid for mayor.

Brampton arguably has some of the strongest candidates that have ever run in a municipal election. Many have bold, progressive views for moving the city forward.

Patrick Brown, Jeffrey’s most notable opponent in the mayoral race has been actively campaigning for weeks. Despite criticisms about his short residency in Brampton and questions about past run-ins with Ontario’s Integrity Commissioner for unethical behavior — among other missteps — he’s rallied some support behind him.

Brown is being actively endorsed and aided by retiring councillors Gael Miles and Elaine Moore, who for the better part of four years were two of Jeffrey’s strongest detractors on Brampton city council.

But whether Brown will be able to collaborate effectively with other levels of government to get things done in Brampton is questionable. Brown notoriously has a fractured relationship with Premier Doug Ford and other PC MPPs. After his removal from the PC caucus earlier this year, he’s been a virtual outcast in most Progressive Conservative circles.

In the 2014 municipal election, only 36 percent of residents voted, and MPs and MPPs across all parties are rallying to encourage residents to participate in municipal politics.

Last week Conservative MPP of Brampton South Prabmeet Sarkaria and Liberal MP of Brampton East Raj Grewal released a video asking voters to get out to the polls on October 22.

“We may be from two different political parties, but we have a lot in common when it comes to Brampton. We love this city, and we understand how important this upcoming election is,” said Grewal.

Moving forward relationships between Brampton’s municipal, provincial and federal counterparts will be critical to securing the funding Brampton needs to grow and move forward and the city’s federal and provincial representatives appear ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work, with Linda Jeffrey anyway.

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