Court battle over Ford government's mid-election council cuts sparks concern about 'constitutional crisis' - 2019-06-11

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F182.png Court battle over Ford government's mid-election council cuts sparks concern about 'constitutional crisis' June 11, 2019, Lauren Pelley, CBC News

With another court battle on the books over Ontario Premier Doug Ford's mid-election Toronto city council cuts, the case is sparking concerns about a "constitutional crisis" — and raising questions about whether municipalities should get a seat at the table alongside the provinces and federal government.

Two days of proceedings at Ontario's Court of Appeal wrapped up Tuesday afternoon after a panel of judges heard arguments from lawyers for both the province and city over the ramifications of Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act.

Partway through the 2018 municipal election campaign, the controversial legislation cut Toronto's council from a planned 47-ward system to 25 seats, prompting protests, court challenges and a scathing lower court ruling against the province that led to this week's appeal.

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