Hands Off Toronto - Withdraw Bill 5

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In Ontario, municipal elections are under way. Nominations opened May 1, closed July 27; polling day is October 22, 2018.

Due to high growth in Toronto, the City conducted a ward boundary review and after extensive public consultation and expert advice, decided on 47 wards with one councillor each, plus a Mayor elected at large, to be elected now.

The Regions of York, Peel and Niagara, and the District of Muskoka decided to elect their Council Chairs now.

Following the Provincial election of a majority Progressive Conservative majority, the new Premier, Doug Ford, has introduced Bill 5 to change these parameters. He wants the Regional Chairs appointed, not elected. Worse, he wants voters in the City of Toronto to elect 25 Councillors based on the new (2014) Federal Ridings which are now being used by Ontario, AFTER THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN HAS BEGUN. Bill 5 provides for candidates to register until September 14, but the election day remains the same. For some unknown reason, the Toronto Mayor's race remains untouched.

This is wrong and unfair and probably unconstitutional - this remains to be tested.

By the same logic, other  Ridings across Ontario would also elect ONE COUNCILLOR. Look at Sudbury or Algoma, or even the Riding of the responsible Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Leeds Grenville Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. The Bill is laughable.

The areas being targeted have upset Doug Ford in the past. One Regional candidate was the previous leader of his party; most of downtown Toronto voted NDP in the June 7 election, and Doug Ford thinks that Toronto Council is dysfunctional and its representatives are lazy and useless. When he was a Councillor he rarely attended meetings and votes, so he judges others by his own actions.

Tell Doug Ford to withdraw this mean and vengeful legislation NOW.

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