No valid grounds
Kelly mcfarland’s column politics and the power of the court (Sept. 11) misses the point.
the real issue is the overreach and misuse of the notwithstanding clause. it has been used rarely, by provincial governments wishing to protect what they saw as federal incursions into their jurisdiction or on pushing forward on what they saw as larger provincewide moral issues, central to the belief-system of the party in power.
premier doug Ford’s use of the clause is relevant to one city in the province, is not based on a large moral issue nor is an intrusion by the federal government into the provincial domain. it is not even timely; the law shrinking the size of toronto city council could be re-introduced for the next election.
members of the Ontario legislature have the opportunity to thwart this overreach by Ford or show themselves (to use pierre trudeau’s words), as “nobodies” unwilling to protect our constitutional rights. Albert Katz, London