Aug 07, 2018
By Jane Brown
As Mayor John Tory learns of a legal plan to fight Premier Doug Ford’s bill to cut the size of Toronto City Council, a new poll finds two-thirds of Toronto voters don’t want to see council cut by almost half.
On Friday, Mayor Tory met with outside legal experts who suggested an injunction is possible. This could put a hold on the mid-election change from 47 seats to 25 seats pending a possible court challenge. These experts offered their thoughts as the city solicitor works on an official plan to advise council at a special August 20th meeting.
An online opinion poll conducted by Abacus Data between July 30th and August 1st found that by a wide margin, Torontonians thought the province should either consider postponing the council cut until after the October 22nd election, or scrap it entirely. Just shy of one third of those polled wanted Premier Ford to proceed with the cuts now.
Ford served one term on Toronto council when his brother, the late Rob Ford, was Toronto’s mayor. He’s told the legislature the quick cut is necessary to make “dysfunctional” Toronto council more effective and to save $25-million.