Sep 12, 2018
By Michelle Saunders
Premier Doug Ford is recalling the legislature today in an unprecedented move in order to use the notwithstanding clause in the charter of rights and freedoms to push through the bill that reduces the size of Toronto City council to 25 wards. It’s the first time the Ontario government is using section 33 to override a court decision on charter rights. In this case, the PCs at Queens Park will invoke the clause to overturn a Superior Court decision ruling the shrinking of Toronto city council during an election campaign as unconstitutional. PC MPPs are firmly behind their leader with every indication they will all back Ford in his bid to shrink Toronto council. But, there is much dissension to the move in wider circles. Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says he did not once ever consider invoking the notwithstanding clause and said he has yet to speak with his daughter, Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney about the developments on her government using the notwithstanding clause. His daughter Attorney General Caroline Mulroney says the rule of law is something we value as Canadians, but was no where to be seen when the Premier made his press conference on Monday. Mayor John Tory has called a special session of council tomorrow so city staff to brief councillors on how they will move forward with 25 wards in the October 22nd election. Libby speaks with political strategists Jamie Ellerton and Mike Van Soelen and Kim Wright.
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