Attempt to overturn decision by the provincial government seen as almost certain to fail.
Even as Toronto is beset by a surge in violent crime, the Toronto City Council is dedicating their energy to fighting to keep the jobs of highly-paid politicians.
The City Council voted 25-17 to take the province to court over the passage of Bill 5, which reduces the size of Toronto City Council from 47 to 25.
Ironically, even the rabidly anti-Ford Toronto Star noted that a legal challenge to Bill 5 is unlikely to succeed:
“The Star last week reviewed a secret report prepared by the city solicitor for councillors. Walberg concluded a review of past cases revealed no “obvious path” to overturn Ford’s council cut but did identify some avenues that would likely require a judge to go beyond current case law.
The city clerk, meanwhile, who scrambled to get the city ready for a 25-seat race, now says it would be difficult or impossible for her to revert to running a 47-seat election.”
Many will question the priorities of City Council, as Toronto faces issues far more pressing than saving the jobs of some politicians. Plus, the Ford government has come through with $25 million to address the surge in crime, and putting that money to good use would be a far better focus for City Council.
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