No valid grounds

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - OPINION -

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

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