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Ford’s Toronto city council shakeup is a vote-winner, at least for now

By Tim Powers      

The Ontario premier likely welcomes the spectacle of politicians droning on about legal challenges, consultations, and this all being an affront to democracy. He will spin that as elites doing what elites do: looking out for themselves first.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has got the political communications right on his move to slash Toronto city council by nearly half, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Ontario Premier Doug Ford has given new meaning to starting with a bang. Out of nowhere, except perhaps the deep recesses of his mind, he announced last week that he was cutting the size of Toronto’s city council from 44 members (which was to become 47, after a planned expansion this fall) to 25. Anyone remember that promise on the campaign?

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