FORD WINS: Ontario Superior Court Rejects Ruling That Blocked Bill 5

Ontario Superior Court called previous ruling that struck down Bill 5 a “dubious ruling that invalidates legislation duly passed by the legislature.”

The Ford Government has won big in court, with the Ontario Superior Court putting a stay on the ruling of a lower court that had blocked Bill 5.

Here’s part of what the ruling said:

“Unquestionably, Ontario’s announcement of its intention to introduce Bill 5 disrupted the campaigns that were already underway. However, Bill 5 does not limit or restrict any message the candidates wish to convey to voters.  While the change brought about by Bill 5 is undoubtedly frustrating for candidates who started campaigning in May 2018, we are not persuaded that their frustration amounts to a substantial interference with their freedom of expression. Candidates had a reasonable expectation that they would be operating under a 47-ward platform …. However, neither that platform nor that expectation was constitutionally guaranteed. Unfairness alone does not establish a charter breach.”

This means the Ford Government will be able to move forward with Bill 5 to slash the Toronto City Council from 47 to 25 members, without using the Notwithstanding Clause.

Big win for Ford, big loss for the radical leftists

The ruling is a big win for the rule of law, and shows that there are some judges in the country who actually make decisions based on the law.

It’s also a big win for the Ford government.

However, it’s a huge loss for the radical left, who had become hysterical and unhinged at the prospect of some elitist politicians losing their jobs.

Now, the Ford government can move forward to save $25 million by cutting Toronto City Council, being able to direct that money towards real priorities like fighting crime.

Spencer Fernando

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Ron Voss
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Ron Voss

Any way to get rid of that activist judge who precipitated this nonsense?

Don Piche
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Sadly, No – they are appointed for life or until the age of 75 I believe…

Bruce
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Bruce

Thank God. The rule of law prevails in Ontario. The left will become unhinged. Now get Faith Goldy elected Mayor and Ontario can fight off the left wing and criminal gang invasion.

shawn harris
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shawn harris

This is an excellent, well reasoned decision, that respects both the charter and the rights of provincial governments to legislate the size, shape and number of wards that can be allowed in any city, town or village. It also shows that the lower court judge was motivated, not by his legal obligation to uphold the law, but by his socialist leftist desire to undermine a freely and legally elected government. Canada has seen too many judges, act like they are above the law and feel they can never be held accountable, for their decisions. We can now expect two things… Read more »

Ralph Knapp
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Ralph Knapp

The lower court judge’s ruling was farcical and the ruling says as much. John Tory may want to stop whining and get on with doing his job or he may whine himself out of the job come the next election.

Candice
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Candice

Glad to hear that we still have some judges that are following the law! Good for Doug Ford for pursuing this Bill.

don morris
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don morris

Good. One small victory that will help turn the tide on rampant leftist activism that has so mired our country and many others in a legal quagmire so that nothing positive gets done.

Ron Voss; good point, let’s hope there is and the will to do so.

Sheila Robillard
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Sheila Robillard

Hurray, finally the tide may be turning. One can only hope and I applaud this decision.

NancyW
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NancyW

Go Doug Ford and Ontario Conservatives, maybe the left communist parties will see common sense and real helping of the people they supposedly are elected to help. I am very much looking forward to the results of your commission on the LIEberal financial mess left to us, then we will have an idea also of the mess the feds are leaving. Thank you for doing such a great job for Ontario. Now we just need Conservatives in Federally, I wonder how much of this summer of vote buying in eastern Canada by the trueliars lieberal/ndp party of 52 billion, more… Read more »

Marjorie
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Amazing I am so glad for those of us who DO NOT WANT EXTRA BEAUOCRATS.

Patrick
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Patrick

Common sense finally prevails.

Scott Heron
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Scott Heron

Yeaaaaass What fantastic news

Norbert Kausen
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Norbert Kausen

I do not believe in judicial interference in political matters, but it proves that there actually is unbias in the court system! I applaud the decision by the appeals court. I also demand that the liberal judge be removed from the bench for bias and unprofessional conduct!