The brand new and slimmed-down Toronto council will get right down to enterprise this week at its inaugural assembly.
And that enterprise?
Nicely, first an deal with by Mayor John Tory, adopted by the election of a speaker and deputy speaker.
Then Council members will take a look at growing the dimensions of their workers and workplace budgets – even a pay hike isn’t dominated out.
A workers report back to council addresses the governance points raised by the lower in council’s dimension from a deliberate 47-ward mannequin to 25 wards, as mandated by the provincial authorities.
Metropolis council’s workload can be unfold over 26 members — 25 councillors and a mayor — which implies that in some instances, the variety of constituents per councillor has doubled.
The workers report recommends chopping the variety of councillors on some committees whereas eliminating their positions solely from some exterior boards and committees.
Premier Doug Ford on why he shrank Toronto council:
“I lived that catastrophe for 4 years. It’s essentially the most dysfunctional political area within the nation and we’d have had much more dysfunction with 47 folks. The Mayor is aware of it’s the proper factor. Now he solely wants 13 votes (for a majority) to really get transit constructed. John Tory and I are going to do nice issues.”
Variety of votes Toronto Mayor John Tory now must get majority on any difficulty: 13
Variety of votes Toronto Mayor John Tory would have wanted to get majority beneath proposed 47-ward mannequin: 24
Councillors more than likely to again Tory on the brand new council:
Stephen Holyday, Mark Grimes, Frances Nunziata, James Pasternak, Ana Bailao, Jaye Robinson, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Brad Bradford, Gary Crawford, Michael Thompson, Cynthia Lai, Paul Ainslie, Jennifer McKelvie
Complete votes: 13
Least more likely to again Mayor Tory on new council:
Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Joe Cressy, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Kristyn Wong-Tam, Shelley Carroll, John Filion
Complete votes: 8
Council wild playing cards: Michael Ford, Mike Colle, Paula Fletcher, Jim Karygiannis
Complete votes: 4
Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark on proposed doubling of Toronto council workplace and staffing budgets:
“In the end, there’s just one taxpayer … You take a look at the boundaries that provincial MPPs and federal MPs have, it’s the identical boundaries. My message to Toronto metropolis council is I believe we wish work with you however we wish you to be efficient and environment friendly.”
Tory on councillor workplace and staffing budgets:
“The variety of folks being served which is shut to three million within the Metropolis of Toronto has not modified. They’re nonetheless on the market they usually nonetheless want customer support.”
Minister Clark’s workplace and staffing price range
(when he was an opposition MPP in 2016-17)
Help workers: $186,821
Constituency workplace hire: $30,420
Workplace operations: $22,478
Journey Inside Using: $5,843
(excludes journey to and from using, Toronto lodging)
Present Toronto councillor staffing price range: $241,000
Three proposed staffing budgets: $424,000, $460,000 or $482,000
Present Toronto councillor workplace price range: $34,000
Three proposed workplace budgets: $50,000, $61,000 or $69,000
Financial savings if present Toronto councillor staffing/workplace budgets stands: $7.Four million in 2019
Ontario Municipal Affair Minister Steve Clark on doable pay raises for councillors and the mayor.
“They ought to take a look at a few of our ranges.”
What Politicians Are Paid Now
Toronto councillor wage: $114,306
Toronto mayor wage: $192,503
Ontario MPP base wage: $116,500
Ontario parliamentary assistant wage: $133,216
Ontario cupboard minister wage: $165,850
Premier of Ontario wage: $208,974
Federal MP base wage: $172,700
Prime Minister of Canada wage: $345,400