Lost in the discussion of Ontario Premier Doug Ford invoking the notwithstanding clause to push through passage of Bill 5 is the fact that judges have their own notwithstanding clause.

And they use it all the time.

The reaction to Ford’s decision is over the top to say the least.

People that should know better are losing their minds. Bob Rae called Ford’s actions “a direct assault on freedom and the rule of law.”

Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy, who had previously praised actual dictator Fidel Castro, compared Ford to a dictator for invoking Section 33 of the Charter.

And opposition leader Andrea Horwath declared that Ford was “trampling people’s rights.”

Set aside the weakness of the ruling, which you can read about herehere and here, the idea that using part of the constitution to reverse a court judgement is against the rule of law is ridiculous.

It is part of the law, part of the highest law, the constitution!

Calling Ford a dictator is beyond ridiculous.

Read ‘Judges use their own notwithstanding clause’ HERE