FEWER POLITICIANS: Ford Government Passes Bill 5 To Slash Toronto City Council

“Streamlining Toronto council will help the city make decisions more quickly and effectively,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “It saves the city more than $25 million – money it can use to build transit, housing and infrastructure and make life better for the people of Toronto.”

The Ford government has kept another promise, passing Bill 5 to slash the size of Toronto City Council, freeing up more money for real priorities.

Here’s what the Ford Government said in a release:

“Ontario has passed the Better Local Government Act, reducing Toronto City Council to 25 councillors and returning to the 2014 method of selecting chairs in the regions of York, Peel, Niagara and the District of Muskoka.

“Streamlining Toronto council will help the city make decisions more quickly and effectively,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “It saves the city more than $25 million – money it can use to build transit, housing and infrastructure and make life better for the people of Toronto.”

The changes include:

Aligning the City of Toronto’s municipal ward boundaries with provincial and federal electoral districts, reducing the number of councillors to 25.

Redistributing Toronto-area school board trustees to align with the new ward boundaries, while maintaining the existing number of trustees.

Retaining the October 22, 2018 election date and extending the nomination deadline for Toronto council candidates and school board trustees to September 14, 2018. Updated regulations will help previously nominated candidates transition to new wards.

Amending the Municipal Act and the Municipal Elections Act to reverse changes, introduced in 2016, that mandated the election of new regional chairs in the regions of York, Peel, Niagara and the District of Muskoka. These regional chairs will continue to be appointed as they were in 2014. Other regional chair elections will remain unchanged.

“We’re pressing the pause button on how chairs are selected in four regional governments,” said Clark. “It’s an opportunity to discuss regional representation and engage municipalities on the future of regional government.”

Here’s what Doug Ford said on Twitter:

“With the passage of the Better Local Government Act, our legislative session has ended for the Summer. In less than two months, our government has already delivered on many key promises, while making significant progress on others.”

While the elitist press has complained about the move, most taxpayers will be happy to see money directed away from salaries for politicians, and to real priorities like infrastructure and police.

Spencer Fernando

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NancyW

Wow, what a man, what a leader, with common sense and care, and he is not afraid to speak up, he is working hard for Ontario’s people, he is what democracy is all about, Thank you Doug Ford and Conservatives.

Gordon E Surbey

After so many years of economic, political and social deterioration, it’s really heartening to see the positive results that a responsible provincial government in Ontario can achieve in such a short period of time. I hope that this ‘reality shift’ will manifest itself not only in other provinces but federally, to help Canada recover from the devastating globalist downward spiral it’s caught in.

Tom

Like a new sewage plant to keep sewage from entering the lake.

yvon monahan

Also on the “hit list ” every so called Sanctuary Cities should be investigated and their books submitted to a line by line audit !

Ann

Great Job, Premier Ford. You promised you would make Ontario a “Have” Province and not continue to have a “Have Not” province as the Wynne Government made this Once Wonderful Province become, and you are once again delivering on your Promise. Forty-seven Highly Paid City Councillors in is Outright Robbery of Ontario Tax Payers’ money! I, and the majority of Ontarions are More than Happy and Very Proud to have a Mayor who is a very Decent, Honest and a “For the People” Mayor!

shawn harris

This a very good decision from the PCs and Ford. Toronto can’t really complain, seeing that there is only one voter for all levels of government. So, if it’s perfectly fine with John Tory in regards to election boundaries , when it comes to provincial and federal elections, the why complain about those same boundaries , when it comes to municipal ward boundaries. Or is it Tory believes that Toronto should have twice as many politicians to achieve not even half as much as other municipalities do with even fewer politicians. Let’s face it, Tory has gone so far left… Read more »

JD MacDonald

John Tory—who’s apparently dead set against reducing the number of council seats, despite the fact that it would clearly streamline decision making at city hall—really needs to be replaced by someone more in touch with what average Torontonians actually want. The problem is that the current field of mayoral candidates ranges from “bad” to “worse”.