Wrong for Ford to ig­nore Char­ter rights

The Peterborough Examiner - - Opinion -

I ad­mit that I am fright­ened. Doug Ford and his gov­ern­ment have de­cided that ab­ro­gat­ing my rights and free­doms un­der the Char­ter can be jus­ti­fied be­cause they don’t like the size of Toronto City Coun­cil and want to change it in the midst of the mu­nic­i­pal elec­toral process.

By ex­er­cis­ing the Not­with­stand­ing Clause over some­thing so in­con­se­quen­tial sig­nals to me a will­ing­ness to use the big stick of their ma­jor­ity treat the Cana­dian Con­sti­tu­tion with dis­dain should it not re­flect with con­ve­nience their po­lit­i­cal agenda.

It re­flects to me an in­ten­tion to con­cen­trate power in a pro­foundly un­demo­cratic fash­ion and glibly jus­tify it by say­ing that the peo­ple of On­tario elected them to gov­ern unchecked by un­elected in­ter­ests such as Su­pe­rior Court judges.

It may be hard to in­flu­ence Mr. Ford but our lo­cal MPP, Dave Smith, might well re­call as he con­sid­ers his vote on the sub­ject that the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in his con­stituency voted for some­body else. Ken East, Peterborough

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