Ford government ‘trampled’ democracy with mid-election changes, City of Toronto tells top court

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OTTAWA — The City of Toronto is telling the Supreme Court of Canada the Ontario government “trampled on” basic democratic norms when it slashed the size of city council during a municipal election. In a submission to the top court, the city says the move three years ago violated the constitutional rights of Toronto’s electoral candidates and voters. “Substantial interference with the framework in the middle of an election disrupts the electoral expression of participants and upends the political discourse at the heart of an election,” the city argues. The Ontario legislature passed legislation part way through the 2018 municipal campaign, cutting the number of Toronto council seats to 25 from 47.

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