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An assessment of the present political structure in Metropolitan Toronto. Some of the problems and dilemmas facing those who are concerned with its operations and planning. Succumbing to the temptation of casting a glimpse into the future. Some of the speaker's personal beliefs. Toronto in 1951, and now. Metropolitan Toronto, as created in 1953, as the first regional government in North America. The role of the Ontario Municipal Board. The Canadian census definition of a Metropolitan area. Some statistics. A description of the Metropolitan Council and its operation. The issue of amalgamation of the whole area, or the retention and expansion of a two-tier system of government. The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto Act and its assignations of area wide function to the Metropolitan Council, and local functions to local Governments. Other significant changes. The suggestion to unify Education. The Ontario Planning Act. Provision for Planning Boards. The reconstituting of the Metropolitan Toronto Planning Board in 1967. How the Board operates. The Professional Planner and the Professional Developer. Some inevitable conflicts. The future of the Metropolitan Toronto area. Dilemmas to be faced in the future.