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Every time Ford busts out the bazooka to get his way, he’s playing with fire

By Tim Powers      

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s opponents won’t be weak forever; in fact, he could risk accelerating their rebirth if he comes across as the guy who must win every fight.

To have expected Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured, to say he begrudgingly accepted the court’s ruling this week against his Toronto city council cut was never in the cards, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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OTTAWA—Premier Doug Ford’s new Ontario government sure knows how to pick a fight. Question is: does it always have to be a racket? Hours after an Ontario court overturned the Ford government’s legislation to shrink the size of Toronto city council, the premier hauled out the bazooka—announcing he would invoke the notwithstanding clause to reset his Better Local Government Act. This was the enabling document to shrink the proposed size of Toronto city council from 47 to 25

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