Aug 10, 2018
By Arianne Robinson
Mayor John Tory opened the question of legislating councillor term limits in a letter to Premier Doug Ford sent late Thursday night, and released to media early Friday morning.
In context of a request for “a referendum campaign” during the October municipal election, the mayor asked that the premier consider his suggestion to put “other governance reforms such as term limits on the table at the same time.”
Tory’s letter follows the direction of city council at its last regular meeting of this term in July to oppose to the introduction of legislation to reduce the size of City Council.
The issue of councillor term limits was not voted or debated at any length by city councillors.
That provincial legislation, Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, is currently being debated at Queen’s Park and is expected to pass by the majority Provincial Conservative government.
If passed, the size of council will change from a planned 47 wards to 25. Toronto City Council has scheduled a special meeting on August 20 to review the issue before the October 22 election.