LEGISLATION TO CUT SIZE OF CITY COUNCIL INTRODUCED, PASSES FIRST READING

Sep 12, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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A historic and rowdy day at Queen’s Park where legislation to reduce the size of city council was preceded by protests – one in the public galleries, the other in the Opposition seats.
The demonstration in the public galleries in the morning saw most protesters leave when asked.
Some were led out in handcuffs including a woman in her 70s who yelled she hates the destruction of democracy in the province.
Then this afternoon, NDP MPPs began clapping and thumping their desks loudly to drown out when the government tried to introduce the new bill replacing the one struck down as unconstitutional in court Monday. 
They were led out, one-by-one, before the legislation was introduced.
(Chris Young/Canadian Press)
Outside the Legislature, Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath explained why.
”We will do everything that we possibly can, not only to slow this government down off of its reckless, reckless speedy path that it’s on, and there will be things that we will be able to bring forward to try to attempt to do that.  But look this is also about us clearly showing Ontarians that it just doesn’t have to be this way.”
Meanwhile, a key player in the 1982 repatriation of the Constitution, former premier Bill Davis is expressing concern by what the rookie premier’s doing.
Davis says that the notwithstanding clause ”might now be used regularly to assert the dominance of any government or elected politician over the rule of law or the legitimate jurisdiction of our courts of law was never anticipated or agreed to.”
With the Tories majority, Bill 31 as it’s now known, is expected to pass within two weeks.
And the nomination deadline for candidates is now two days after it receives royal assent, likely by October 1 — just 21 days before the election.
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