Is this what the future holds?

Toronto, July 8, 2019–Today Rob Ford, the premier of Ontario, announced he now will move beyond the council of Toronto to reduce government costs.
Having successfully reduced that council by almost 50 percent, Ford now plans to reduce council sizes across Ontario by amalgamating municipal councils into regional governments.
Believing that one person should represent 100,000 voters, Ford now is turning his focus to counties and districts across the province to save taxpayers money.
“I believe that we are over-governed in much of Ontario and by reducing the size of councils across the province to a manageable size, we will be saving taxpayers millions,” Ford said at the press briefing.
“I will be reducing councils to a maximum of seven persons in all districts in the province, and make an exception for the Atikokan-Rainy River area and the Kenora, Keewatin, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake areas,” noted the fact sheet handed out at the press conference.
“Nestor Falls will be included in the Atikokan-Rainy River council and Sioux Narrows will be included in the Kenora council.”
The legislation is being tabled today and will be passed quickly to be in effect for the 2022 municipal elections. Larger cities will be joined by each councillor representing between 50,000-100,000 voters.
District reeves, mayors, and councils were caught unaware of this coming change. The population of this area is roughly 20,000 people and the boundaries for each council seat will represent about 3,000 people.
Fort Frances will have two seats on council covering the area from Fort Frances to Mine Centre. Atikokan will have two seats covering an area from Mine Centre to Quetico Park.
The other two seats will include all the remaining area from the west edge of Fort Frances to Rainy River and Nestor Falls.
Before introducing this legislation, there had been no consultation by the Ford government nor of the sitting member for the region.
Ford, in making this announcement, challenged the municipal governments to go to court to contest his right to set council areas. But if they were successful, he then would invoke the notwithstanding clause from the constitution.
“The people elected me to cut the costs of government down” Ford noted. “I am now doing this across the province.”
Ford challenged existing councils to begin the transition by looking at means to consolidate public works departments and municipal government offices so that staffs could be reduced in size.
Residents across Ontario will be able to show their confidence in the Ford government at the next provincial election currently scheduled for June 9, 2022.

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail