Premier Doug Ford is psuhing through his plan to reduce the size of Toronto city council by using a constitutional ‘nuke button’.
He is invoking the “notwithstanding clause” of the constitution, which allows Provinces the right to enact rules that go against certain charter rights for a period of 5 years.
Ford made the move after an Ontario Superior Court Justice ruled that the government was violating the constitution when it decided to reduce the size of Toronto’s council from 47 to 25.
Ford has also instructed the provice to take the case to the Ontario Court of Appeals, but is using the clause in the mean time to reduce the size of Toronto council.
Mayor of South Huron Maureen Cole thinks spoke to myFM on the matter, and says that not enough discussion has been had about the issue.
Cole adds that she’s not afraid that small town councils like the ones we have here in Huron-Bruce would need to be afraid of council reductions, but its the principle of consulting constituents and respecting the constitution that matters most.