In a move that had been widely criticized by official opposition leader Andrea Horwath and a lot of Torontonians, Doug Ford's Conservatives have officially passed a bill in legislation today to cut Toronto's City Council down to only 25 seats.
The bill will result in major changes to Toronto's city wards and will reduce the number of councillors almost in half from 47 to 25, and all this is right as the city is preparing for a municipal election in October. Needless to say, a lot of people aren't happy about it.
In response to the news on Twitter, a lot of Toronto residents are pretty pissed that Doug Ford and his party would pass this legislation, especially given the timing of an election being only months away. Some are also convinced that it will now take twice as long to get anything done in government
People are calling the bill an act of revenge on the part of Doug Ford, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2014 and has previously been a city councillor, and they are also calling it an attack on democracy.
JUST IN: Dougie punishes the city that refused to elect him as mayor by destroying the Democratic process during an election cycle…— Herne (@Herne) August 14, 2018
Hopefully Toronto will launch a court case now. That should block this terrible attack on our democracy.— Igneous Rock (@misledgeekboy) August 14, 2018
On the flipside of the argument, there are people who support this move from the Conservatives and think it will help save a lot of money in the end, which was the government's reason for proposing the bill in the first place.
Despite the number of supporters, Torontonians are not staying quiet about the bill and are even demanding legal action to fight the city council cuts. One Toronto council candidate even has a case before the courts right now to fight the bill.
The bill was passed in the legislature this afternoon after receiving 79 votes in favour, none of which came from the opposition parties.