Author Topic: Ontario Government of Doug Ford  (Read 8566 times)

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Offline TimG

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Re: Ontario Government of Doug Ford
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2018, 11:45:12 am »
Because it sets a god damned ridiculous precedent when a provincial leader can rig an election, redrawing boundaries, during the election.
I have seen no evidence that intent or objective of this move was to "rig" an election. It was driven by the belief that a 44 member council with no party system/cabinet is too big to be productive. This is not an unreasonable argument.

I also think there was no rush and Ford was dumb to push it through. But his opponents are much more hysterical in their opposition.

As for the notwithstanding clause: the courts have made its routine use inevitable (especially with their reversals on back to work legislation). This is not the "first use" that I would have chosen but we have to start somewhere. Personally, I would prefer that we did not have judges that felt it was their right to invent ridiculous charter interpretations to rationalize ruling in ways that suit their political dispositions. But since those are the judges we have we will have to live with the use of the notwithstanding clause.
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