"Municipal Magna Carta" Proposed for Canada
In a 23 April article, Globe and Mail (Canadian national newspaper headquartered in Toronto)
columnist John Barber noted that opponents of the subregional Toronto megacity have proposed
a municipal "Magna Carta." The column, "Parliamentary System Defeated Megacity Foes"
described the political process that made passage of the Ontario government's subregional
municipal amalgamation ("Megacity") bill a forgone conclusion.
As Barber put it:
"... the citizen led megacity challenge asks the court to make a formal declaraion, a sort of municipal Magna Carta, to guarantee the following three rights:
"That may seem modest and reasonable to ordinatry people, but in Canada such a declaration is in fact wild-eyed radical. And that, of course, is the whole problem."