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City councillors want to give you power to turf bad politicians

Private members bill urges the provincial government to add municipalities to any recall legislation

Toronto City Council will discuss a motion this week from councillors Chin Lee and Mike Del Grande to ask the Ontario legislature to approve a private members bill about voter recall and to expand it to include recalling municipal politicians, not just provincial ones.

This private members bill was introduced last November by maverick Conservative MPP Randy Hillier.  It says that if 25 percent of voters in a riding sign a recall petition, it would trigger a byelection and the recalled candidate would be eligible to run again.   The person or group who launched the recall drive would be on the hook for three-quarters of the cost of the byelection.

Hillier has already shown a willingness to amend the private members bill to include municipal politicians.

That has caught Toronto councillor Mike Del Grande's eye.  He tells the Toronto Sun he has a disdain for all levels of government and that people tend to vote for "beauty contests as opposed to policy issues." 

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  1. Jack posted on 04/01/2014 09:19 AM
    It seems nice, except that it would mean an endless stream of costly by-elections and NO politician, on either side of the political aisle, serving a long enough term to get anything done.
    1. Frankie posted on 04/01/2014 10:25 AM
      @Jack You are referring to the status quo.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 04/01/2014 10:44 AM
    A lot of those council seats would be empty.

    Do this in conjunction with cutting in half the number of council seats, then this could work.
  3. Bigsby Was Here posted on 04/01/2014 03:05 PM
    More dumb comments from dumb, right-wing morons. Please stop talking.
    1. dama posted on 04/01/2014 04:19 PM
      @Bigsby Was Here You must be the biggest moron,, for I didnt hear anyone taking/speaking in here.. you can quit typing your moronic comment...
    2. Angry Bill posted on 04/01/2014 04:31 PM
      @Bigsby Was Here If your idea of dumb, right-wing morons is people who don't keep voting in the inept, corrupt, thieving liberals, then yeah, I guess you're right. I guess only smart people vote liberal.
  4. innerpeace posted on 04/01/2014 10:32 PM
    I think recall ability by the voters of everywhere should have this but more than 25% probably 33-51% seems reasonable because at that point if an election was held they would loose anyways. But in the case of ethics, any criminal act while in office and conflict of interest (especially if you or your family profit or have worked for that person or company and you either campaign for them or fail to abstain from a vote even if the company has changed names or closed and opened a business under a new name ) It should be instantaneous and court proceedings instituted without the need for police or voters to bring an action.
  5. don was right posted on 04/03/2014 08:39 AM
    So you mean we can get rid of Vaughn, Carrol , Davis and Layton. Where do I sign up.
    1. john posted on 04/04/2014 02:58 PM
      @don was right i dont know either but if u find out let me know .
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