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April 26, 2006
New Toronto Act deserves an ‘A’ Mayor Miller tells Standing Committee
  
Mayor David Miller today appeared before the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on General Governance in support of Bill 53: The Stronger City of Toronto for a Stronger Ontario Act.

“Bill 53 deserves an ‘A’ in my books for its focus on empowering this City and its council with the autonomy, authority and accountability needed to provide good government and high quality services,” said Mayor Miller. “I’m also pleased with the Bill’s recognition of Toronto as this nation’s economic engine.”

Bill 53, known as the new City of Toronto Act, would provide the City with “broad permissive powers’ to provide any service necessary or desirable for the public. This represents an historic departure from the City only being able to do what the province permits.

“We will be able to pass by-laws respecting the economic, social, health, safety and environmental and well-being of the city and its people,” said Mayor Miller. However, he cautioned Standing Committee members that revenue powers outlined in the Bill will not resolve the City’s long-term fiscal imbalance. According to Mayor Miller, this issue can only be addressed through discussions with the provincial and federal government.

The Mayor also praised Bill 53’s emphasis on restoring City powers, such as determining its own governance and setting ward boundaries. It also equips City Council with the power to delegate local matters to community councils while it focuses on city-wide issues.

The Mayor reaffirmed the City’s commitment to putting in place new accountability measures. It was the City that asked the province to include clearer authority and enhanced powers for them in the new legislation. These include an independent integrity commissioner with new powers, a fully empowered auditor general and a mandatory lobbyist registry.

In addition to the Mayor’s presentation, the City filed a written submission. Bill 53 was introduced in November 2005 and Third reading of the Bill is expected later this year.

To read the Mayor’s presentation, visit the City’s website at http://www.toronto.ca.


Media contact:

Stuart Green
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Mayor
416-338-7119


 

 

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