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.