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RSS FeedsToronto asks Supreme Court of Canada to overturn Doug Ford government´s council cut
(The Star Theatre)


16 november 2019 05:51:28

Toronto asks Supreme Court of Canada to overturn Doug Ford government´s council cut
(The Star Theatre)

The city is asking the country´s top court to overturn a decision that Premier Doug Ford´s mid-election council cut was constitutional.In applying to the Supreme Court of Canada - which chooses to hear a select number of cases each year, typically of significant public and usually national importance - the city says the issues raised by the provincial government´s meddling in the election `transcend the specific election in this case and can affect any election in the country.``This appeal raises three issues of national and public importance relating to local democracy as well as broad, important constitutional interpretation issues that require further jurisprudential guidance from this Court,` the city´s application, filed Friday, says.`The intervention of this Court is necessary to bring clarity to these constitutional issues of public importance.`The application outlines how the province, without notice, passed legislation that cut the number of city wards in Toronto from 47 to 25 during the 2018 election. On the day it became law, the municipal campaign had been running for 105 days with 69 days before the vote.`The result was widespread disruption and confusion,` the city´s legal team - comprising Diana Dimmer, Glenn Chu, Fred Fischer and Philip Chan - says in its written application.It goes on to describe the fallout:`Candidates had campaigned in areas that were no longer part of their ward and had never campaigned in areas that were now part of their ward; ward sizes approximately doubled; electors were no longer sure what ward they were in or who was a candidate in their ward; endorsements that had been provided for candidates were rescinded; people who did not run when it was a 47-ward election decided to enter the race when it became a 25-ward election; the Clerk, who was preparing for months for a 47-ward election, had to suddenly begin preparing for a 25-ward election; candidates spent more time speaking to electors about the reduction in the numbe ...

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