Item - 2013.GM22.15

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 11, 2013 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Government Management Committee on May 13, 2013. It is being forwarded to City Council without recommendations. It will be considered by City Council on June 11, 2013.

GM22.15 - Proposed Electoral Reforms

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 11, 12 and 13, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council request the Province of Ontario to amend the Municipal Elections Act to authorize the use and establish the framework of Ranked Choice Voting to permit Toronto City Council to use ranked ballots and instant runoff voting in municipal elections.

 

2.         City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to commence discussion with the Federal Government of Canada with the view to defining permanent residency for the purposes of considering and permitting permanent residents the right to vote in municipal elections in Toronto.

3.         City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to amend the necessary legislation to allow Permanent Residents the right to vote in municipal elections.

 

4.         In the event the Province of Ontario changes Municipal Elections Act to allow permanent residents to vote, City Council request the Province to ensure that the legislation includes an appropriate time period for permanent residency.

 

5.         City Council request the Province of Ontario to ensure that municipal elections are not held on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, or on holidays of religious significance.

 

6.         City Council request the City Clerk to form a working group that includes Toronto Employment and Social Services, Social Development, Finance and Administration, the Disability Issues Committee, and community stakeholders to implement internet voting for persons with disabilities in time for the 2014 municipal election.

 

7.         City Council request the City Clerk to monitor developments in internet voting as it pertains to privacy, accessibility, reliability and security issues and to report back to City Council by November 2015 with recommendations as to determine whether it should be adopted in the City-wide municipal elections in 2018.

 

8.         City Council request the City Clerk to implement a civic education strategy once any changes to electoral reforms are put into effect.

9.         City Council request the City Clerk to consult with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and to report to the Executive Committee on feasible timelines and structure for a Municipal Election Finance Review.

Background Information (Committee)

(April 24, 2013) Report from the City Manager and the City Clerk on Proposed Electoral Reforms
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/gm/bgrd/backgroundfile-57756.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 23, 2013) Letter from Councillor Paul Ainslie, Ward 43 - Scarborough East (GM.Main.GM22.15.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/gm/comm/communicationfile-36845.pdf
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Antony Hilliard (GM.New.GM22.15.2)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Bruce Stewart (GM.New.GM22.15.3)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Ted Miller (GM.New.GM22.15.4)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Rodney Merchant (GM.New.GM22.15.5)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Molly Bannerman (GM.New.GM22.15.6)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Roy Murray (GM.New.GM22.15.7)
(May 9, 2013) Letter from Derek Larson, Vice-Chair, Civic Engagement Committee, and Brad Evoy, Internal Commissioner, Executive Committee, Graduate Students' Union, University of Toronto (GM.New.GM22.15.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/gm/comm/communicationfile-37149.pdf
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Matt Kassirer (GM.New.GM22.15.9)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Annie and Jason Diceman (GM.New.GM22.15.10)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from David Simmons (GM.New.GM22.15.11)
(May 10, 2013) E-mail from John Caffery (GM.New.GM22.15.12)
(May 10, 2013) E-mail from Jim Rootham (GM.New.GM22.15.13)
(May 11, 2013) E-mail from Raj Bharati (GM.New.GM22.15.14)
(May 12, 2013) E-mail from Tim Rourke (GM.New.GM22.15.15)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from June Macdonald (GM.New.GM22.15.16)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Joyce Hall, Co-chair, Toronto Chapter of Fair Vote Canada (GM.New.GM22.15.17)
(May 13, 2013) Letter from Gregg Hill (GM.New.GM22.15.18)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Ryan Endoh, Co-Director of Media Relations, and Trevain Britton, Director of Community Engagement, Toronto Youth Cabinet (GM.New.GM22.15.19)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Gary Dale, Canadian Muslim Union (GM.New.GM22.15.20)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Gerry Hobden (GM.New.GM22.15.21)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Susanne Waldorf, Civics and Environment Commissioner, Graduate Students' Union, University of Toronto (GM.New.GM22.15.22)

Communications (City Council)

(June 6, 2013) E-mail from Jack Brannigan (CC.Supp.GM22.15.23)
(June 11, 2013) Submission from Councillor Minnan-Wong - material from Citizenship and Immigration Canada on eligibility for citizenship (CC.New.GM22.15.24)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/comm/communicationfile-38063.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Receive Item moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Lost)
That the item be received for information.

Vote (Receive Item) Jun-11-2013 5:34 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - GM22.15 - Minnan-Wong - motion 1 - Receive the item
Total members that voted Yes: 16 Members that voted Yes are Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, David Shiner
Total members that voted No: 25 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

2a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Pam McConnell (Out of Order)

That City Council direct the City Clerk to create additional advance voting days during the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Election Day, as prescribed in the Municipal Election Act.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 2a by Councillor McConnell out of order as it relates to a forthcoming report from the City Clerk to be considered at a later date.


2b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Pam McConnell (Carried)

That City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to amend the necessary legislation to allow Permanent Residents the right to vote in municipal elections.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-11-2013 5:35 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - GM22.15 - McConnell - motion 2b
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 20 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, David Shiner, Karen Stintz
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That City Council request the Province of Ontario to ensure that municipal elections are not held on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, or on holidays of religious significance.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-11-2013 5:36 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - GM22.15 - Pasternak - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the Ontario government amend the Municipal Elections Act to authorize the use and establish the framework of Ranked Choice Voting to permit Toronto City Council to use ranked ballots and instant runoff voting in municipal elections.

 

2.         City Council direct the City Clerk to monitor developments in internet voting as it pertains to privacy, accessibility, reliability and security issues and to report back to City Council by November 2015 with recommendations as to determine whether it should be adopted in the City-wide municipal elections in 2018.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-11-2013 5:38 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - GM22.15 - Wong-Tam - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 15 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

5 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Out of Order)

That City Council request the City Clerk to extend the voting hours in the 2014 City of Toronto municipal election from 10am – 8pm to 9am – 9pm to match poll station hours in provincial elections.

Ruling by Deputy Speaker John Parker
Deputy Speaker Parker ruled motion 5 by Councillor Matlow out of order as the subject of the motion was not before Council for debate.


6 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Peter Milczyn (Out of Order)

That City Council request the City Clerk to conduct a review on which provinces in Canada allow for the organization, registration and financing of political parties at the municipal level and to report on the results of the review to the Government Management Committee.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 6 by Councillor Milczyn out of order.


7a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to commence discussion with the Federal Government of Canada with the view to defining permanent residency for the purposes of considering and permitting permanent residents the right to vote in municipal elections in Toronto.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-11-2013 5:39 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - GM22.15 - Ainslie - motion 7a
Total members that voted Yes: 24 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 17 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

7b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Redundant)

That City Council request the City Clerk to monitor the progress being made in the construction of tools and safeguards to provide for the utilization of Internet voting by the 2018 City of Toronto municipal election.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 7b by Councillor Ainslie redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 4 by Councillor Wong-Tam.


7c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That in the event the Province of Ontario changes the Ontario Municipal Elections Act to allow permanent residents to vote, City Council request the Province to ensure that the legislation includes an appropriate time period for permanent residency.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-11-2013 5:40 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - GM22.15 - Ainslie - motion 7c
Total members that voted Yes: 33 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 8 Members that voted No are Janet Davis, Doug Ford, Doug Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

7d - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Redundant)

That City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to amend the necessary legislation to permit Toronto City Council to consider the use of ranked ballots and instant runoff voting in the 2018 municipal election and that the City Clerk report back to the Government Management Committee on the outcome of this request.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 7d by Councillor Ainslie redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 4 by Councillor Wong-Tam.


7e - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That City Council request the City Clerk to implement a civic education strategy once any changes to electoral reforms are put into effect.

Vote (Amend Item) Jun-11-2013 5:41 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - GM22.15 - Ainslie - motion 7e
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Doug Ford, Doug Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

8 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Carried)

City Council request the City Clerk to form a working group that includes Toronto Employment and Social Services, Social Development, Finance and Administration, the Disability Issues Committee, and community stakeholders to implement internet voting for persons with disabilities in time for the 2014 municipal election.

Vote (Amend Item) Jun-11-2013 5:41 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - GM22.15 - Vaughan - motion 8
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 10 Members that voted No are Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Doug Holyday, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

9 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Carried)

That City Council request the City Clerk to consult with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and to report to the Executive Committee on feasible timelines and structure for a Municipal Election Finance Review.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-11-2013 5:42 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - GM22.15 - Carroll - motion 9
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 10 Members that voted No are Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

10 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Out of Order)

That City Council request the Province of Ontario to amend the Municipal Elections Act to provide for a shorter campaign period of six to eight weeks, to make the municipal campaign period comparable to the provincial and federal campaign periods.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 10 by Councillor Berardinetti out of order as it does not relate to the four electoral reforms outlined in the Item.


11 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor John Filion (Lost)

That Part 1 of motion 4, by Councillor Wong-Tam be amended by adding the words " for the Office of Mayor only and, should a ranked ballot system for Mayor be used by the City of Toronto, the City Clerk be requested to submit an evaluation report to City Council within the first year of the following term" so that Part 1 now reads:

 

1.         City Council request the Ontario government amend the Municipal Elections Act to authorize the use and establish the framework of Ranked Choice Voting to permit Toronto City Council to use ranked ballots and instant runoff voting in municipal elections for the Office of Mayor only and,should a ranked ballot system for Mayor be used by the City of Toronto, the City Clerk be requested to submit an evaluation report to City Council within the first year of the following term.

Vote (Amend Motion) Jun-11-2013 5:37 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - GM22.15 - Filion - motion 11 - amending motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 15 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz
Total members that voted No: 26 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson

GM22.15 - Proposed Electoral Reforms

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Without Recs
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Government Management Committee submits the item to City Council without recommendation.

Origin

(April 24, 2013) Report from the City Manager and the City Clerk

Summary

This report responds to various Committee requests on the feasibility of implementing electoral reforms in the City's elections:  (1) holding elections on a Saturday or Sunday; (2) allowing permanent residents the right to vote; (3) using ranked choice voting; and (4) providing internet voting for voters with disabilities.

 

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 ("MEA") governs the administration of municipal elections in Ontario.  A number of amendments to the MEA and possibly other affected legislation are required in order for the proposed reforms to take effect.  Due to the size, scope and complexity of elections in Toronto, it takes years to plan for each regular election.  A decision to implement any electoral reforms should be made as early as possible, well in advance of a regular election year.  A late-term decision to implement any of the reforms may impact the successful delivery of the election which could expose the City to potential court challenges.

 

The full implications of the reforms cannot be determined until the specific details of the policy and legislation have been determined.  The nature of these proposed reforms also requires extensive consultation with various stakeholders.  This report outlines some of the key considerations and issues should Council wish to request the province for legislative amendments.

Background Information

(April 24, 2013) Report from the City Manager and the City Clerk on Proposed Electoral Reforms
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/gm/bgrd/backgroundfile-57756.pdf

Communications

(April 23, 2013) Letter from Councillor Paul Ainslie, Ward 43 - Scarborough East (GM.Main.GM22.15.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/gm/comm/communicationfile-36845.pdf
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Antony Hilliard (GM.New.GM22.15.2)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Bruce Stewart (GM.New.GM22.15.3)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Ted Miller (GM.New.GM22.15.4)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Rodney Merchant (GM.New.GM22.15.5)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Molly Bannerman (GM.New.GM22.15.6)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Roy Murray (GM.New.GM22.15.7)
(May 9, 2013) Letter from Derek Larson, Vice-Chair, Civic Engagement Committee, and Brad Evoy, Internal Commissioner, Executive Committee, Graduate Students' Union, University of Toronto (GM.New.GM22.15.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/gm/comm/communicationfile-37149.pdf
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Matt Kassirer (GM.New.GM22.15.9)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from Annie and Jason Diceman (GM.New.GM22.15.10)
(May 9, 2013) E-mail from David Simmons (GM.New.GM22.15.11)
(May 10, 2013) E-mail from John Caffery (GM.New.GM22.15.12)
(May 10, 2013) E-mail from Jim Rootham (GM.New.GM22.15.13)
(May 11, 2013) E-mail from Raj Bharati (GM.New.GM22.15.14)
(May 12, 2013) E-mail from Tim Rourke (GM.New.GM22.15.15)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from June Macdonald (GM.New.GM22.15.16)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Joyce Hall, Co-chair, Toronto Chapter of Fair Vote Canada (GM.New.GM22.15.17)
(May 13, 2013) Letter from Gregg Hill (GM.New.GM22.15.18)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Ryan Endoh, Co-Director of Media Relations, and Trevain Britton, Director of Community Engagement, Toronto Youth Cabinet (GM.New.GM22.15.19)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Gary Dale, Canadian Muslim Union (GM.New.GM22.15.20)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Gerry Hobden (GM.New.GM22.15.21)
(May 13, 2013) Submission from Susanne Waldorf, Civics and Environment Commissioner, Graduate Students' Union, University of Toronto (GM.New.GM22.15.22)

Speakers

Gary Dale, Membership Secretary, Canadian Muslim Union (Submission Filed)
Susanne Waldorf, Civics and Environment Commissioner, Graduate Students' Union, University of Toronto (Submission Filed)
Joyce Hall, Co-Chair, Toronto Chapter of Fair Vote Canada (Submission Filed)
Gerry Hobden, Co-Chair, Toronto Chapter of Fair Vote Canada (Submission Filed)
Miroslav Glavic
Jim Rootham (Submission Filed)
June Macdonald (Submission Filed)
Ryan Endoh, Toronto Youth Cabinet (Submission Filed)
Desmond Cole
Dave Meslin, Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

1a - Motion to Defer Item Indefinitely moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Lost)

That consideration of the item be deferred indefinitely.

Vote (Defer Item Indefinitely) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Out of Order)

That the City Clerk be requested to report to the Government Management Committee on the legislative amendments required to create a new Province of Toronto.

Ruling by Councillor Paul Ainslie
The Chair ruled Motions 1b, 1c, and 1d by Councillor Mammoliti out of order as they are beyond the authority of the Government Management Committee and are within the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee.


1c - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Out of Order)

That the City Clerk be requested to report to the Government Management Committee on what would be required to implement a political party system for municipal elections in Toronto.

Ruling by Councillor Paul Ainslie
The Chair ruled Motions 1b, 1c, and 1d by Councillor Mammoliti out of order as they are beyond the authority of the Government Management Committee and are within the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee.


1d - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Out of Order)

That the City Clerk be requested to report to the Government Management Committee on the feasibility of reducing the number of councillors in the City of Toronto from 44 to 22.

Ruling by Councillor Paul Ainslie
The Chair ruled Motions 1b, 1c, and 1d by Councillor Mammoliti out of order as they are beyond the authority of the Government Management Committee and are within the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee.


2a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Pam McConnell (Lost)

That City Council request the City Clerk to create additional advance voting days during the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Election Day, as prescribed in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.  

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Pam McConnell (Lost)

That City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to amend the necessary legislation to allow permanent residents the right to vote.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Pam McConnell (Lost)

That City Council direct the City Clerk to form a working group that includes Toronto Employment and Social Services, Social Development, Finance and Administrations, the Disability Issues Committee, and community stakeholders to implement internet voting for persons with disabilities.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2d - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Pam McConnell (Lost)

That City Council forward the report (April 24, 2013) from the City Manager and the City Clerk, and adopted recommendations to all area school boards and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for comment to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Doug Ford (Out of Order)

That the City Manager be requested to report to the Government Management Committee on the legislative amendments required to implement options for strengthening the office of the Mayor in Toronto.

Ruling by Councillor Paul Ainslie
The Chair ruled Motion 3 by Councillor Ford out of order as it is beyond the authority of the Government Management Committee and is within the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee.


4a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Lost)

City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in consultation with other stakeholders such as the school boards and the Ministry of Education, to amend all necessary legislation to permit future municipal elections to occur in Toronto on Saturdays.

 

Vote (Amend Item) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

4b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Lost)

 That City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to commence discussion with the Federal Government of Canada  with the view to defining permanent residency for the purposes of permitting  permanent residents the right to vote in municipal elections in Ontario

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

4c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Lost)

  That City Council request the Toronto City Clerk's Office to monitor the progress being made in the construction of tools and safeguards to provide for the utilization of Internet voting by the 2018 City of Toronto municipal election.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

4d - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Lost)

That City Council request the City Clerk's Office to ensure the revamped 2014 municipal election website has:

 

a.          a fully integrated ward search function;

 

b.          individual campaigns contact information listed if permission is granted to the City Clerk; and

 

c.         provided a hyperlink to candidates websites if permission is granted to the City Clerk.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

4e - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Lost)

That City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to amend the necessary legislation to permit Toronto City Council to use ranked ballots and instant runoff voting in municipal elections and that the City Clerk report back to the Government Management Committee on the outcome of this request.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

5 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Pam McConnell (Lost)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-13-2013

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie (Chair), Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council