Legally speaking, how far can Doug Ford go? - 2018-09-13
Here's a sense of how chaotic things have gotten at Toronto city hall: one councillor asked the city's lawyer on Sept. 13 what would happen if they all simply quit in protest, en masse. Who would run the city then?
The answer: the province would step in.
Councillors are loath to see that happen. They already feel the Ontario premier has done enough, slashing the number of wards in the upcoming municipal election from 47 to 25. The city took the province's Bill 5 to court and enjoyed a brief moment of jubilation when a judge ruled it unconstitutional to change the ward boundaries in the middle of an election cycle. Undeterred, mere hours later, Premier Doug Ford announced he would invoke the notwithstanding clause—a section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms never before used in Ontario—to push the same legislation through, whatever the findings of the court.
"I was elected. He was appointed," Ford said of the judge who ruled against Bill 5. He added at a press conference that he won't be shy about using the notwithstanding clause in the future should judges strike down bills coming from his legislature.