Not­with­stand­ing clause is not a tool to be used like this

The Peterborough Examiner - - Opinion -

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

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