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Re: Ontario Government of Doug Ford
« Reply #90 on: September 16, 2018, 01:56:44 pm »
The primary check on a government's power is the electorate. Because that government wants to be re-elected.

So politicians can do whatever they want in between the 5 years they're up for re-election?  Between those 5 years, the judiciary is supposed to keep the gov in check so that the laws they pass is lawful.  He's not a king for 5 years.

Okay, so you don't care about judges making up law as they go along because you fear politicians. That sounds pretty weird to me. You can get rid of politicians easily enough. You can't get rid of judges at all. Politicians have to have some concern for what the citizenry wants.

That's why they pass laws, as long as those laws are constitutional and lawful.  Ford wasn't elected on a mandate to shrink the size of Toronto city council DURING an election.  If Ford waited until after the Toronto election the odds of his council shrink law passing would be much higher.

Judges don't give a **** what the people want or think or say.

That's their job.  They interpret the law, not the whims of citizens or politicians.

This sounds like you fear Canadians and want a nanny watching them. I don't fear Canadians. I fear the nanny.

I fear politicians whose power is too concentrated, and who use extraordinary powers to bypass the judiciary when they disagree with them.  Let's be thankful Trump has more checks on his power than Ford or Trudeau.

If a judge can ignore the law at will because he disagrees with it then why can't the politicians ignore the judge?

If he doesn't like the judge's decision he can appeal it.  Ford can take it all the way to the SCC if he wants.
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