Both insidetoronto.ca and The National Post ran stories today debunking the likelihood of de-amalgamation for The City of Toronto.
The Inside Toronto article, by David Nickle, tells us what McGuinty's original comments were:
However, both articles quote Deputy Mayor Case Ootes as against the idea. In the National Post:
Now, I don't really know why what Case Ootes thinks really matters here. The new City of Toronto is not working nearly as well as the old. What we do to fix that -- if we're given the chance -- should be based on what will work best. The opinion of today's city councillors does not necessarily have this goal in mind. Especially those city councillors who were foolish enough to support amalgamation in the first place.
However, I don't think I support a complete de-amalgamation either. Indeed, there are some issues that are better handled by smaller, more-local representation. I think the best way to approach these issues is to empower the community councils to deal with them. Perhaps the community councils should even have their own specially-elected members, rather than the same over-worked, under-accessible megacity councillors.
Anyway, I'm not an expert and can't devise the best plan on my own. The good thing, however, is that with a new provincial government we will actually have the right to choose. Instead of having the provincial government dictate -- against our will -- how our city will work, the opposition seems commited to giving us democracy back.
Scarborough Centre Liberal candidate and current councillor Brad Duguid in Inside Toronto:
Really, it's hard to believe that this is even an election issue. What kind of strange province do we live in where the government refuses to allow municipalities to organize in a manner that is popularly supported, less expensive, and more effective? It's Harris-Eves' Ontario!