Doug Ford says he intends to slash the size of Toronto city council in half in the name of “efficiencies.”
But there’s another reason for Ford’s enthusiasm to squash council’s influence: his plot to take over public transit in Toronto.
And like his shock and awe to reshape Toronto’s political system, Ford’s transit plans will mean less democratic control of the TTC, a public service that millions of people depend on every day.
Weeks before the provincial election, city council voted 30-6 to keep the TTC publicly owned, operated and maintained. The vote was in response to the Amalgamated Transit Union’s Keep Transit Public campaign, which was launched over concerns of “years of creeping privatization by the province and Metrolinx.”