Chré­tien, Ro­manow, McMurtry con­demn Ford’s ac­tions

The Hamilton Spectator - - Canada & World -

TORONTO — Three prom­i­nent former politi­cians who ne­go­ti­ated the in­clu­sion of the notwith­stand­ing clause in the Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms are con­demn­ing the On­tario gov­ern­ment’s use of the rare pro­vi­sion to push through leg­is­la­tion that was deemed un­con­sti­tu­tional by the courts.

Former prime min­is­ter Jean Chré­tien, former Saskatchewan pre­mier Roy Ro­manow and former On­tario at­tor­ney gen­eral Roy McMurtry have is­sued a state­ment say­ing the clause wasn’t meant to be used to cir­cum­vent proper process.

The three say they are call­ing on On­tario’s Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive leg­is­la­tors to stand up to Pre­mier Doug Ford, who an­nounced Mon­day he would in­voke the notwith­stand­ing clause to over­ride a judge’s rul­ing.

The judge had struck down leg­is­la­tion to re­duce the size of Toronto city coun­cil in the mid­dle of an elec­tion, say­ing it in­fringed on vot­ers’ and can­di­dates’ right to free ex­pres­sion.

Ford jus­ti­fied us­ing the clause by say­ing that “po­lit­i­cally ap­pointed” judges shouldn’t in­ter­fere with demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ments.

The pre­mier also touted Chré­tien as a sup­porter of the clause when pressed on the is­sue dur­ing ques­tion pe­riod Thurs­day.

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