Toronto city council gathers Thursday to respond to Premier Doug Ford’s unprecedented push to cut council almost in half. Whether the city can logistically hold a 25-seat election on Oct. 22 — with or without advance voting, any legal options for the city to fight Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause, and Mayor John Tory’s push for a referendum on council size will all be on the table.
City clerk Ulli Watkiss told council that they are nearing the point where no legal vote can be held on Oct. 22 amid confusion over the number of wards.
“We have hit a tipping point and both scenarios are becoming virtually impossible for us to carry out,” Watkiss said.
Earlier in the week, an Ontario Superior Court judge struck down the Better Local Government Act — slashing the number of Toronto city councillors from 47 to 25 — for violating the Charter.