Ford should not use not­with­stand­ing clause

The Peterborough Examiner - - Opinion -

The use of the not­with­stand­ing clause by Doug Ford to over­rule a court de­ci­sion is a bru­tal and aw­ful weapon and it would be a ter­ri­ble prece­dent for On­tario ... I know that the size and na­ture of Toronto city coun­cil is far from a lo­cal is­sue and please un­der­stand I am not even nec­es­sar­ily op­posed to re­duc­ing num­bers at Toronto city coun­cil but let's just do it calmly with con­sul­ta­tion af­ter this elec­tion pe­riod and have it in place for next time. This kind of ar­ro­gance from Doug Ford at Queen's Park is a threat to ALL cit­i­zens of On­tario.

How would you like it if half way into the sec­ond pe­riod of a hockey game MA­JOR rule changes were an­nounced by the league head of­fice and de­clared in force for the bal­ance of the game? Know a league that op­er­ates like that? A gov­ern­ment?

I am hop­ing our lo­cal MPP, Dave Smith, will stand up and help the gov­ern­ment make the cor­rect de­ci­sion on this ... please do not use the not­with­stand­ing clause. David MacLel­lan, Wood­view (Edi­tor’s note: This let­ter was writ­ten be­fore Wed­nes­day’s vote on the bill.)

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