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Mayors’ group voices support for Toronto in council-cutting fight against Ontario

Mayors’ group voices support for Toronto in council-cutting fight against Ontario

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau joined 23 other Toronto-area Liberal MPs who urged Ontario MPPs to reject Premier Doug Ford's use of the "notwithstanding" clause. "The people of Toronto deserve nothing less". "Prime Minister, Toronto needs you", said Coun.

On Monday, an Ontario judge ruled that the law cutting the size of Toronto's council from 47 wards to 25 violates the right to free speech because it was introduced so close to the October municipal election.

The NDP said Thursday that it will challenge the bill under rules that preclude legislators from introducing substantially the same bill twice in one session, and that bar the legislature from debating a item now before the courts.

"We have hit a tipping point", said Ulli Watkiss.

"We're all here to keep standing up for Toronto and I know we're all prepared to continue to do that because we believe in this city".

This approach can also be used to spike Conservative support and monetary contributions among the Conservative base by saying a Conservative government will support and implement their supporters' issues even when defied by the courts and a majority of voters, if they win the election.

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Toronto politicians are to hold an emergency meeting today to weigh their next steps after the Ontario government moved to revive a controversial bill that would slash city council almost in half.

"Rather than pausing and appealing, the province is pushing ahead now, including the extraordinary and unacceptable act of invoking the notwithstanding clause, overriding the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for the first time in the history of Ontario", said Tory.

I still think that the bill is nothing more than Doug Ford's vindictive attempt to punish his political enemies on council, but that's nearly a moot point at this stage.

Scheer refused to speculate about whether he would use the notwithstanding clause if he forms government.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath noted that several provincial and federal Conservatives have spoken out against the notwithstanding clause. "This is going to be the will of the people". New Democrats were later booted from the house as they attempted to drown out the reading of the bill.

However, late Thursday a source confirmed to The Canadian Press that the government will hold a rare Saturday sitting of the legislature to speed up passage of the controversial bill.