Ontario’s top court is set to thrash out the legalities of last year’s unprecedented intervention by Premier Doug Ford’s rookie government in Toronto’s municipal election.
The battle, slated for Monday and Tuesday, pits the city against the province over legislation that slashed the number of councillor seats to 25 from 47 partway through last fall’s municipal election campaign.
In new filings, the city urges the Court of Appeal to declare the Better Local Government Act unconstitutional — but to then leave things as they are until the next election in 2022.
“There is no reliable evidence to support the province’s suggestion (the act) was necessary because city council is dysfunctional,” Toronto says in its filings. “The rhetoric from the premier or members of the legislature is not reliable evidence.”