City of Toronto: The 11th Province?

#Opinion

Tue, Mar 16th, 2010 13:56 by capnasty NEWS

Should Toronto secede--becoming Canada's 11th province and keep more of the billions it sends to Queen's Park and Ottawa each year? At 2.5 million, Toronto's population is much larger than each of the Atlantic provinces, and with a city operating budget of $9.2 billion, it overshadows many provincial budgets. Imagine: a city capable of actually financing its own services without having to beg Provincial and Federal governments for a meagre handout just so we have enough to keep the almost busses running.

[Tory backbencher, Bill Murdoch, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound], speaking at a meeting of the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture on Saturday, said rural Ontario is fighting a losing battle against "a Toronto mentality," and that if Toronto went its own way, it would give rural Ontario its own voice.

"I've been thinking about it for years," Murdoch said in an interview Tuesday, "Every law we pass at Queen's Park has a Toronto mentality."

He cited the ban on pit bulls as a Toronto issue, one rural Ontarians are not concerned about. Similarly, the province is unwilling to tackle the growing coyote problem that threatens farmers because of animal rights activists in Toronto, he said.

Murdoch dismissed any suggestion that Ontario would be weaker without Toronto. "It would be a part of Canada. It's not as if we're making another country," he said. "It would just be like going to Manitoba or Quebec."

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