TORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government will hold a rare Saturday sitting of the legislature to speed up passage of a controversial bill to slash the size of Toronto city council.
A source confirms to The Canadian Press that legislators will be called back to Queen’s Park Saturday at 1 p.m. to help speed up debate on Bill 31, dubbed the Efficient Local Government Act.
The bill re-introduces legislation that was struck down by an Ontario Superior Court judge as a violation of the charter rights of voters and candidates in the city’s upcoming municipal election.
The new legislation invokes the notwithstanding clause to override that court decision – the first time Ontario’s government has taken the measure.
The news of a Saturday sitting came hours after the official legally responsible for running Toronto’s election said every delay resulting from the battle between the province and the city affects her ability to ensure fairness in the Oct. 22 vote.
Toronto clerk Ulli Watkiss says that’s true whether the election involves 25 or 47 wards.
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