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Rejecting the courts, Ford dismisses any limits to his power—and that’s scary

By Les Whittington      

The Ontario premier’s response to this week’s court ruling on the size of Toronto city council shows an alarming lack of awareness of the boundaries of executive power.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s sneer at democratic standards this week ought to concern any Canadian interested in political stability, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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OTTAWA—Ontarians got a taste on Sept. 10 of what they are in for under Premier Doug Ford’s version of populist government. In a performance fully worthy of U.S. President Donald Trump, Ford indulged himself in a bombastic outpouring of misinformation, personal attacks, fear-mongering, and conceptions of unchecked power. He specifically rejected the role of the courts in Canadian democracy and said he has decided to take the highly unusual step of invoking Section 33 of Canada’s Charter of

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