Trudeau disappointed with Ford's constitutional override, but won't intervene

Ontario Premier Doug Ford

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to reporters in Toronto on Monday

Barrett said she felt it was important to show her disapproval at what she called a "constitutional tragedy", adding the premier's decision to move forward with the council cut appeared "petty and vindictive".

Ford said the legislation would invoke the notwithstanding clause, known as Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which gives provincial legislatures or Parliament the ability, through the passage of a law, to override certain portions of the Charter for a five-year term.

Nominations for council candidates were supposed to close for the 25-ward election on Friday but candidates have not been able to register since Monday's court decision, according to the city clerk.

It was Ford who made clear that, notwithstanding the bogus propaganda about Canadians uniting in opposition to Trump, the rise of trade war and economic protectionism will be bound up with a vast expansion of the assault on the working class. Ford stated in June, "Make no mistake about it, we're going to go after them full tilt-on reducing our taxes, making ourselves more competitive".

He said he'll "stand up and speak out for Toronto", but added that if Ford calls on Tuesday, he'll take the call, despite the strained relationship with Queen's Park.

Far from being the result of Ford's personal proclivities, as is largely being claimed in the bourgeois press, the Ontario premier's embrace of anti-democratic methods of rule is part of an worldwide process rooted in the deepening global capitalist crisis.

Opposition MPPs were furious as they hammered the Progressive Conservative government with questions about Ford's intention to use a constitutional provision, known as the notwithstanding clause, to override a court decision from earlier this week that struck down the legislation.

The constitutional provision Ford plans to invoke, known as the notwithstanding clause, has never been used in the province before and critics have condemned the move, saying the clause was not created to deal with this kind of issue. A couple of men came with a three meter-tall banner depicting Doug Ford as Benito Mussolini.

Toronto Mayor John Tory has said invoking the clause is a "gross overreach" of the province's powers, adding city staff will advise councillors at a special meeting on Thursday how the municipality can proceed with the upcoming October 22 election.

"There was chaos inside here today", he said.

"It is wrong for the premier to attack our fundamental charter rights for political gain", he said.

Early reaction to the move has not been good for Ford.

"Your voters are 100 per cent with you Premier Ford", one person tweeted in response to a message from Ford about the reintroduction of the bill. "And that is just what you are doing". "It's hard to go to the legislature and listen to the things that are being said".

The government is also seeking a stay of the court's ruling as it appeals the judge's decision. But he said Canadians consistently rank the charter as one their most prized institutions and some may conclude the premier is against it. "I think it's kind of a sad thing to see".

Ford has said Tory legislators will be free to vote as they wish on the council-cutting bill and a major public service union urged them to break from party lines and oppose it.

Despite the complications, however, Macfarlane said there would be value in revisiting the issue.

"That is why we are asking the court to require the Ford government to listen to the very public it claims to represent, as well as scientists and groups like ours, before gutting the province's legislative regime for combatting climate change", he said.

"People may be calling", she said. "The judge reminded him about that".

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