NDP tables legislation to return power to municipalities

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NDP opposition Leader Andrea Horwath tabled legislation today to return power to municipalities impacted by the provincial government’s restructuring of regional governance.

The province is now examining the governance, decision-making and service delivery functions of eight regional municipalities and their lower-tier municipalities, including the Region of Peel.

The NDP bill requires the government to give public notice, conduct public consultations, and obtain the approval of all affected municipalities before introducing legislation or making regulations that would change the composition of council, the number of wards or their boundaries, or the structure of municipal governments.

“We want to make it more difficult for Ford to disrupt local democracy and governance because this should be difficult,” said Horwath. “No premier should ever be able to use their position to settle old scores at the expense of our municipal governments, and our democracy.” -CINEWS

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