Why Trudeau's willing to let Ford deploy the notwithstanding clause

Posted In: News Date:Sep 12th, 2018

Doug Ford is nothing if not blunt. He also might be pretty adept at sparking a constitutional conflict.

That the Ontario premier plans to use the notwithstanding clause for the first time ever in Ontario — to ignore a court ruling that blocked his plan to chop Toronto City Council in half — is proof of both statements.

He's launched a field day for political commentators and municipal politicians. And he just might have inadvertently put Prime Minister Trudeau in an awkward spot.

Mayors across the country are using Ford's decision as an opening to demand constitutional recognition of municipal governments.

 

Doug Ford is nothing if not blunt. He also might be pretty adept at sparking a constitutional conflict.

That the Ontario premier plans to use the notwithstanding clause for the first time ever in Ontario — to ignore a court ruling that blocked his plan to chop Toronto City Council in half — is proof of both statements.

 

He's launched a field day for political commentators and municipal politicians. And he just might have inadvertently put Prime Minister Trudeau in an awkward spot.

Mayors across the country are using Ford's decision as an opening to demand constitutional recognition of municipal governments.


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