PROVINCE SAYS ALL VOTES SHOULD HAVE EQUAL WEIGHT IN DEFENSE OF TORONTO COUNCIL CUT

Aug 30, 2018

By Jane Brown

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We told you Wednesday morning on Zoomer Radio & Classical FM News about the argument to be put forth by City of Toronto lawyers Friday in a challenge against Premier Doug Ford’s decision to cut Toronto City Council by nearly half.

We’re now hearing what provincial lawyers plan to say in defence of the move from 47 wards to 25. Legal arguments submitted Wednesday afternoon say the purpose of the legislation is to achieve greater voter parity among Toronto’s wards in 2018 to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of city council and to save money for Toronto’s taxpayers.

The main argument from the province is the concept that all votes should have equal weight and therefore population boundaries should be balanced.

Lawyers for the province also write, “the court should be particularly cautious about intervening in an ongoing election process.” But city lawyers argue that’s exactly what the PC government at Queen’s Park has done in changing the rules during the municipal election campaign.

In addition to the City of Toronto, there are four other individuals or groups challenging the legislation, which is being called discriminatory and arbitrary.

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