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Flawed Ford Logic On NWS Clause

Of all the scenarios out there where I’d envision a provincial government in Ontario invoking or trying to invoke Section 33 of the Charter (the “notwithstanding clause”) to override court decisions based on the Charter… a situation involving a BIll that shrinks municipal government in Toronto wasnt in my top 100.

SO in one sense, I find it farcical Premier FOrd is using a sledgehammer from the Charter to push through what he wants the size of Toronto City COuncil to be. On the other hand, it shows (as he warns himself) that he will be willing to use it in far more serious matters of legislation.

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Will Harper invoke Notwithstanding Clause to pass his Youth Crime Bill?

I was reading a very interesting post by Scott Ross where Scott claims that the Conservatives proposed youth crime bill has a couple of violations of the Constitution and Charter of Rights as per a recent Supreme Court ruling.

The first one is to do with the Conservatives proposing that youths as young as 14 years old be subject to adult sentencing, including life in prison:

..the Supreme Court of Canada as recent as May 2008 ruled in the case of R. v. D.B., 2008 SCC 25 that: A young person who commits a presumptive offence should not automatically be presumed to attract an adult sentence. The Court went […]

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