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Ford orders MPPs to return for rare Saturday session to pass Bill 31

Ontario Premier Doug Ford . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Ontario legislature will be in session this weekend in an effort to expedite the passage of Bill 31.

Premier Doug Ford has ordered Conservative MPPs to return to Queens Park for a rare Saturday session as they attempt to speed passage of the bill which cuts the size of Toronto City Council in half.

The City of Toronto official responsible for running Toronto’s Oct. 22 election said on Thursday that the battle between the province and the city is affecting her ability to ensure fairness in the vote, regardless of whether it involves 47 or 25 wards.

“We have hit a tipping point,” said Ulli Watkiss. “Both scenarios are becoming virtually impossible for us to carry out.”