Ford doesn’t rep­re­sent the ma­jor­ity

RE: FORD WAS ELECTED, JUDGE WAS NOT (SEPT. 13)

The Hamilton Spectator - - Comment -

Les Far­ring­ton as­serts that those of us who op­pose Doug Ford’s bully tac­tics are anti-demo­cratic. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

Ford was elected with only 40 per cent of the pop­u­lar vote — so how dare pro­claim he is speak­ing for “the peo­ple.” The point of hav­ing non-elected but pro­fes­sional judges is to in­ter­pret our laws fairly. That’s what Judge Belob­aba tried to do. But our sys­tem failed.

Cana­di­ans’ democ­racy needs re­form; ap­par­ently the notwith­stand­ing clause can be used in­dis­crim­i­nately, al­low­ing a leader like Ford to rule like a king. That’s why many of us want our sys­tem to be­come one with greater pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion. In coun­tries such as Den­mark, this forces par­ties to work to­gether, to be re­spect­ful and to com­pro­mise. To me, that is true democ­racy.

Carol Town, Hamil­ton

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