Ontario Court of Appeal sides with Doug Ford on cut to Toronto council - 2019-09-19
Ontario's highest court has ruled in a split decision that Ontario Premier Doug Ford did not violate the Constitution when he moved to cut the number of Toronto city councillors in half with an election campaign already under way.
The Ontario Court of Appeal's decision overturns an initial lower court ruling that Mr. Ford's move to reduce the size of Toronto's city council from a planned 47-ward system to 25 last year violated the free-expression provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In a 3-2 ruling issued Thursday, the appeal court panel acknowledged the cut to council "disrupted" the campaign. But it dismissed the idea that it violated the Charter, siding with arguments made by lawyers for Ontario's Attorney General that the Constitution gives the province complete power over cities, which are creatures of provincial legislation.