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We need to make better use of Toronto city staff, don’t need more politicians

By Allan Bonner      

Citizens in a democracy do need an advocate, just like a lawyer in court. But we have that advocate already on staff. They all just need to get their acts together and stick with citizens until the job is done. Turning another politician into a telephone therapist without qualifications won’t help.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured Aug. 20, 2018, speaking at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa. The Hill Time photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—What some are calling a constitutional crisis in Canada is not going away soon, or perhaps ever. This crisis involves the province of Ontario’s Bill 5, which would have reduced the size of Toronto City Council to 25 Wards from 47. A judge ruled this an infringement of the Charter rights of politicians’ freedom of expression and voters’ rights to an effective government. Before the Ontario Court of Appeal stayed the lower court’s ruling on Sept. 19, pending a formal appeal, the province planned to use the notwithstanding clause to achieve the same end, and the City of Toronto may appeal its use.

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