Notwithstanding clause is not a tool to be used like this
I am appalled that Doug Ford is moving to invoke the notwithstanding clause in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. My understanding of this clause is that it is to be used in extremely exceptional circumstances such as war and insurrection, not as a tool to wreak revenge on Toronto.
Doug Ford is using the excuse that the judge in this case was appointed by a Liberal premier and that invalidates the court decision. This is an insult to our legal system implying that they are unduly influenced by the political part of our system. This attitude is insulting and actually dangerous. Does this mean that any future non-Conservative governments can override decisions made by Conservative court appointees?
We do not live in a dictatorship; we live in a democracy with an independent judiciary to serve as a check and balance. Ford is setting, in my opinion, a very dangerous precedent for our province and our country.
This Conservative government was not supported by the majority of voters in the overall popular vote in the past election. I implore our local provincial Conservative representative Dave Smith to act responsibility by representing everyone in this constituency. I implore him to vote against this measure to preserve our democracy. Ruth Bishop, Weller Street