Strong Sustainable Communities

A New GTA

It is very clear that a new regional government is needed for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for area wide coordination and planning purposes.

 

In the past local municipal democracy was disregarded by the former Ontario Conservative government of Mike Harris by the forced amalgamation of Metropolitan Toronto. This created a "one size fits all" approach that is improper in a large and diverse metropolitan area. The Harris Conservatives forcibly amalgamated the regional municipality of Metropolitan Toronto and its six constituent municipalities – East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York, and the City of Toronto were dissolved by an act of the Government of Ontario. A new single municipality called the City of Toronto (colloquially dubbed the "megacity") was formed, replacing all seven governments. This was done is an undemocratic fashion - whereby the wishes of local residences was completely ignored.

 

I believe that the Government of Ontario should create a two-tier structure of metropolitan government for the GTA. The current

City of Toronto and regional municipalities of Halton, Peel, York and Durham should be abolished and replaced by an upper-tier GTA regional government and elected council. The former six constituent municipalities – East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York, and the City of Toronto should be reestablished as independent municipalities, and along with other lower-tier municipalities,

be responsible for local matters. The GTA government would be responsible for such services as arterial roads, regional planning, public transportation, regional parks, housing, law enforcement, fire, and EMS. A new Greater Toronto Police Service (GTPS)

should be created to replace the Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police, Durham Regional Police Service, Peel Regional

Police and Halton Regional Police Service respectively.

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