Toronto ask­ing feds to stop On­tario coun­cil-cut­ting plan

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TORONTO - The City of Toronto asked the fed­eral gov­ern­ment Thurs­day to stop On­tario leg­is­la­tion slash­ing the size of its coun­cil, an ap­peal is­sued af­ter staff warned that hold­ing a fair mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion next month was be­com­ing vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble. Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau made it clear, how­ever, that Ot­tawa would not block the On­tario gov­ern­ment’s un­prece­dented use of a con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion to push through with its plan to re­duce Toronto’s elec­toral map to 25 wards from 47. The re­quest for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to use its dis­al­lowance pow­ers came dur­ing an emer­gency ses­sion at city hall a day af­ter Pre­mier Doug Ford rein­tro­duced coun­cil-cut­ting leg­is­la­tion that was found un­con­sti­tu­tional.

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