Doug Ford’s out-of-nowhere shocker—he never campaigned on slashing bloated Toronto council—is clearly intrusion by fiat, cutting to the quick. Undemocratic, an up-yours to the city, especially the 'downtown elite' he despises. Unless you consider rule-by-one democratic. But man oh man, council had it coming.
Doug Ford, pictured Feb. 10, 2018, at the Manning Conference in Ottawa. Mr. Ford is sawing Toronto city council roughly in half and it doesn’t look like there’s a damn thing they can do about it, though doubtless legal challenges are being cooked up right now. The big KABOOM sent bodies scattering in the council rotunda, where your elected officials had until 7:30 p.m. to finish taking care of agenda business in their final conclave before the October election. The Hill Times photograph by Andew Meade
TORONTO—Well, this is gonzo. Agreeing with Doug Ford.
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