26 Jul Ward 14 Candidate Dyanoosh Youssefi Opposes Doug Ford’s Changes to Toronto City Council
(TORONTO) “A disdain for democracy and lack of respect for the electorate” is how Dyanoosh Youssefi, Ward 14 Candidate for City Council, described Premier Doug Ford’s decision to introduce a bill that would reduce Toronto City Council to 25 members, instead of 47.
“By introducing this bill halfway through the municipal election, without any public consultation, Doug Ford makes a mockery of our democracy and disrespects the people of Toronto,” states Youssefi.
“Not only candidates, but hundreds of volunteers who are residents of this city and who care deeply about municipal government and the future of Toronto, have already spent thousands of hours on these campaigns. People have made donations and campaigns have made expenditures for months. By redrawing the boundaries at this stage, Doug Ford tells the people of Toronto that their time, money, and democratic interests and values are of no interest or value.”
Youssefi stated that there were significant consultations on the ward boundaries before Council moved to 47 wards. The increase in Councillors was because the City of Toronto is larger than 6 provinces, and that its needs require a larger City Council. “Residents want and need Councillors to hear and represent them on the many challenges facing Torontonians. The hard-working Councillors of this City already work very long days and on weekends to serve the residents. A smaller City Council would mean less direct representation for Toronto residents.”
Youssefi is calling on all City Council candidates, regardless of their political leanings, to work together to fight this anti-democratic measure.
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or Kaveh Shahrooz