Scenes from Doug Ford's rowdy all night meeting to cut Toronto city council - 2018-09-17
With chants of "let us in" and "whose house?" ringing into the night air outside of the Ontario legislature, Doug Ford's conservative government completed a midnight meeting early Monday morning to debate a controversial bill that will cut the size of Toronto's city council by nearly half.
The government fulfilled the required six-and-a-half hours of debate for Bill 31, a repackaged piece of legislation previously known as Bill 5, which was struck down last week by a judge as unconstitutional.
Premier Doug Ford refused to accept that decision, invoking the notwithstanding clause for the first time in Ontario's history to ensure he can slash council from 47 elected representatives, to 25, just weeks before voters go to the polls.