City council goes to court to fight downsizing plan

City council goes to court to fight downsizing plan

Toronto councillors have launched a legal battle in an attempt to stop the Doug Ford government from slashing the size of council to 25 seats.

Council voted 27-15 to challenge the legality of Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, and to seek a postponement of the election if necessary to resolve the dispute before voters cast their ballots.

Simon Jefferies, a spokesman for Premier Ford, said in a statement immediately following the vote that the legislation will help streamline Toronto Council so that it can more effectively deliver on the priorities of its residents while saving at least $25 million.

Jefferies called council’s decision disappointing.

“For too long the dysfunction and political gridlock at City Hall has held Toronto back on issues like transit, infrastructure and housing,” he said.

City council goes to court to fight downsizing plan

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