It is unreasonable to create a constitutional conflict in Ontario to impose a reduction of City Council in Toronto.
The Superior Court recognized that the interference during an electoral campaign raised serious constitutional issues. Premier Ford should obey this ruling. It is the right thing to do. Governing in a democracy requires the discipline to respect our constitution even when one is unhappy with the result.
The court’s decision simply invites Premier Ford to allow the current election to take place to pursue his reforms for the next election. This is a very sensible thing to do.
Using the notwithstanding clause in a context where there is no national emergency, and where there will be no proper debate on the balancing of rights at stake is simply wrong.
This is a dangerous precedent.
John Fraser, Interim Leader, urges Premier Ford to reconsider: “Chaos and constitutional mayhem are not good for Ontario: this creates uncertainty and undermines the importance of democratic rights.”
“Premier Ford should instead be focusing on using the strength of our economy to build on those things that help families and business thrive, like schools, hospitals, public transit and child care.”
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