If you live in the Toronto area, you’ve likely heard about the bill Doug Ford’s PC government passed recently that cut the size of Toronto’s city council from 47 members to 25.
Yesterday, city council held a vote on whether or not to take the province to court over the bill, and have decided to peruse legal action.
City council voted 25 to 17 in favour of taking the province to court over the bill.
A majority also voted in favour of trying to postpone the municipal elections set to be held in October of this year if a delay becomes required in order to peruse the legal challenge.
The city will begin its legal battle starting with a Superior Court hearing set to take place on August 31st.
Councillor Josh Matlow supported the legal challenge saying, "it's just fundamentally wrong for our local democracy to pull the rug from under the people's feet in the middle of an election."
The province, however, is not happy with the action the city has decided to take.
"It's disappointing that the politicians down at City Hall were more interested in protecting their own jobs than standing up for the safety of their own constituents," a spokesperson for the Premier said.
Yesterday, Ford said that he had no interest at all in trying to pass similar legislation that would reduce the size of city councils for other cities in the province.
Legally, though, this may be an uphill battle for the city, there is some precedent for the province deciding the size of city councils.
Twenty years ago, the province chose to increase the size of Toronto’s city council when it decided to incorporate other areas such as Scarborough into the city and scrap those municipalities city councils completely.