Author Topic: Ontario Government of Doug Ford  (Read 10105 times)

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Offline poochy

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Re: Ontario Government of Doug Ford
« Reply #120 on: September 19, 2018, 08:15:12 am »
The courts have a legitimate place in refereeing between the powers allotted to the different levels of government. And a legitimate place in identifying legislation which is unconstitutional. I don't believe anyone has ever denied either of those things.

The problem with the court in this particular case was its ruling didn't stick to constitutional norms - ie, the province has a perfect right to do whatever the hell it wants with the municipalities, but instead invented the idea that somehow or other people's rights to free expression were being denied in doing so near an election. It was a preposterous ruling that had no constitutional basis other than "cuz I say so". I'd have no problem with government of any shade overruling that. The notwithstanding clause was made for rulings like that.

It is considered to be a bad ruling by most experts, at the same time this whole thing is just a spiteful attempt to stick it to Toronto city council, it could have waited.  It's a silly reason to use the NWC, even if you disagree with the ruling, ford was kind of asking for it.