Toronto politicians meeting to discuss council cut

Bill Davis

Bill Davis

It was a long day at City Hall in Toronto, as Mayor John Tory and City Council engaged in a discussion following Premier Doug Ford's decision to invoke the Constitution's notwithstanding clause to override the court's decision on cutting Council. "The people of Toronto deserve nothing less".

The city had challenged the province's initial council-cutting legislation in court and a Toronto judge ruled earlier this week that passing the bill in the middle of municipal election campaign violated the freedom of expression rights for voters and candidates.

The NDP said Thursday that it will challenge the bill under rules that preclude legislators from introducing substantially the same bill twice in one session, and that bar the legislature from debating a item now before the courts.

"We're working on our platform right now and we're confident we'll be able to implement the types of proposals that we're working on right now through the normal legislative process", said Scheer.

"As Toronto MPs, we have worked hard to build a strong and effective relationship between our government and the city".

Toronto politicians are to hold an emergency meeting today to weigh their next steps after the Ontario government moved to revive a controversial bill that would slash city council almost in half.


This approach can also be used to spike Conservative support and monetary contributions among the Conservative base by saying a Conservative government will support and implement their supporters' issues even when defied by the courts and a majority of voters, if they win the election.

In response, Mr Ford announced he would use the Constitution's "notwithstanding clause" to overrule a judge's decision.

"Shame on you Doug Ford", another shouted. "How can the premier be so certain that he is right when so many thoughtful Conservatives are telling him he is utterly and totally wrong?" "We live in a democracy".

The source said legislators will be called back to Queen's Park Saturday at 1 p.m.to help speed up debate on Bill 31, dubbed the Efficient Local Government Act.

Tabled Wednesday, the controversial bill passed first reading during a raucous session that saw New Democrat MPPs engage in a noisy protest that resulted in many of them ejected from the legislature.

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