‘Tinpot dictator stuff:’ Calgary mayor attacks Ontario premier’s Toronto plan

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'Tinpot dictator stuff:' Calgary mayor attacks Ontario premier's Toronto plan
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi speaks during an infrastructure announcement in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, May 15, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary’s mayor is attacking Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plan to cut the number of Toronto city councillors and cancel votes for other municipal elections.

Naheed Nenshi says Ford made no mention of his intentions during Ontario’s recent election campaign and calls the premier’s move “tinpot dictator stuff.”

He says it’s not fair to change the rules in the middle of the game.

Nenshi says Ford’s planned legislation could affect all mayors, and he is urging Toronto Mayor John Tory to fight it.

Ford announced this morning that he will introduce legislation to cut the number of Toronto city councillors to 27 from 45.

He says he will also cancel elections for regional chairs in at least two major municipal areas, Peel and York.