On­tario will move ahead with coun­cil cut de­spite city’s court chal­lenge

The Western Star - - CANADA -

TORONTO — The On­tario govern­ment says it will move ahead with a plan to cut Toronto city coun­cil nearly in half de­spite lo­cal politi­cians de­cid­ing to mount a court chal­lenge against the prov­ince over the is­sue. A spokesman for Premier Doug Ford says the prov­ince will be im­ple­ment­ing leg­is­la­tion that will cut Toronto city coun­cil from 47 to 25 seats. Toronto coun­cil­lors voted yes­ter­day to pur­sue a court chal­lenge in hope of hav­ing the leg­is­la­tion - which passed last week - over­turned.

The city will now take part in a Su­pe­rior Court hear­ing on Aug. 31.

Ford has said cut­ting coun­cil will make de­ci­sion-mak­ing more ef­fi­cient in Toronto, and has ruled out tak­ing sim­i­lar ac­tion in other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the prov­ince.

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