Bill to slash the size of Toronto city council passes

Bill to slash the size of Toronto city council passes

The legislation, named the Better Local Government Act, also scraps planned Oct. 22 elections for regional chairs in Peel, York, Niagara and Muskoka as it enlarges Toronto’s wards to match federal and provincial riding boundaries.

“We have 25 MPs, 25 MPPs and we’re going to have 25 councillors,” Ford said in the Legislature, which adjourned until Sept. 24 after a rare summer sitting following the Progressive Conservatives’ June election victory.“The people want smaller government …. They want a city of Toronto that is functional, a city of Toronto that can build transit,” he added, insisting that having too many councillors has made debate on issues lengthy and cumbersome.

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