Last night Council had its first virtual General Committee meeting, which is the second virtual meeting Council has had since declaring a state of emergency. It is important that, in this difficult time, we continue to get the business of the Town completed. And, as always, I believe it is important to keep everyone updated with respect to decisions made.
At last night’s GC, Council had an agenda before it with a few issues to consider, one of which was the need to give direction with regards to the composition of Regional Council. This past January, Regional Council passed a resolution to add an extra member to Regional Council (another elected official) to represent the City of Vaughan. As a change to Regional Council composition requires a triple majority, each of the municipalities within York Region must also vote on the proposed change – which is why this item was on our agenda for discussion and deliberation. It will require a majority of the individual municipal councils to vote and pass it in order for it to be approved for the next election – 2022.
As residents know, I strongly disagree with increasing the size of Council, and voted against it when it was before Regional Council and my position hasn’t changed. I believe that effective representation of population at the Region may be achieved by reducing the number of elected officials and implementing weighted voted, not adding more. So I was pleased that Aurora Council agreed and unanimously voted to “not consent to a by-law of Regional Council, to change the composition of Regional Council by increasing the number of members representing the City of Vaughan from four (4) to five (5).”
I hope the other 8 municipalities see the light and decide that the adding more elected officials to Council – even one – is not the most effective – or fiscally prudent – way to achieve balanced and fair representation by population.