I am concerned about the dramatically undemocratic actions of Premier Ford through his attack on the people of Toronto and municipalities.
In the middle of the municipal election, he introduced Bill 5. If adopted, this legislation will slash the number of Toronto council seats in half and cancel regional chairperson elections in York, Peel, Niagara and Muskoka, so that Premier Ford can appoint hand-picked chair people instead.
No matter what your opinion is on the size of council, some facts cannot be ignored. The democratically-elected Toronto City Council voted against this plan already, and it was rejected in court challenges, twice. Yesterday, Ford refused to answer opposition questions on the legislation that will affect the city’s close to 3 million residents. There has been no consultation on this change. There is no mandate for this unprecedented attack on municipal democracy.
Will you come to Queen’s Park tomorrow and show Premier Ford just how strong Troonto’s opposition is?
What: Pack the Queen’s Park Gallery
When: Thursday August 2, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.
Where: Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen’s Park, south entrance
Show up to the Legislature and tell Doug Ford that residents of Toronto expect their provincial government to govern fairly and with respect, not toss transparency, consultation and common sense out the window.
Your actions matter in the defense of democracy.
Ontario Regional Director