Doug Ford invokes notwithstanding clause to force cut to Toronto city council - 2018-09-10
While there is still confusion over what is going to happen on October 22, it is within the premier's purview to follow through on his threat: all Ford needs to do to invoke the notwithstanding clause is pass a vote in the legislature, where he holds a majority. If he is able to do that before the election, the 25 electoral map will stand.
The notwithstanding clause allows the federal and provincial governments to override certain sections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Ford plans to recall the legislature on Wednesday for debate and to add the clause to Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act.
"The people will decide if they want the (Progressive Conservative) government in four years," Ford said at a press conference Monday afternoon. "My concern is democracy."