REPORT: Activist Judge Strikes Down Doug Ford’s Bill 5 That Slashed Toronto City Council

Another example of our broken system: Even when the left loses elections, they often impose their policies through the courts.

In a clear example of a judge acting like a politician, Doug Ford’s move to slash Toronto City Council was struck down.

Bill 5 – which was approved by the Ontario Legislature – and which the law clearly gives the provincial government the authority to implement – was struck down by an activist judge.

According to the CP, “In a scathing decision, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba said Ford and his Progressive Conservatives interfered with the right to freedom of expression for both candidates and voters when the province enacted the Better Local Government Act last month.

“There is no evidence that any other options or approaches were considered or that any consultation ever took place,” Belobaba wrote. “It appears that Bill 5 was hurriedly enacted to take effect in the middle of the city’s election without much thought at all, more out of pique than principle. “

As you can see by what the judge wrote, this is a clear example of an activist judge imposing their political beliefs. The law is very clear: The provincial government has the authority to reduce the size of Toronto City Council.

By striking down Bill 5 (the Ford Government says they will appeal), we see yet again that even when the left loses elections, they often get their way in the courts.

Bill 5 would have saved millions of dollars – that could have been spent on things like fighting the surge of crime in Toronto – and would have cut down on the number of politicians. It’s disgraceful how a judge intervened to save the jobs of a few political elites, while most Canadians are forced to contend with the whims of an unstable job market.

This is why an infrastructure to identify and appoint non-activist judges must be implemented, so that Conservatives actually get to implement policy when they have power, rather than being constantly blocked by politicians dressed up in judicial robes.

Spencer Fernando

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Ron Werner

This is why its so difficult to enact any positive change in the country. Those we ELECT make changes only to have UNELECTED judges kill it. Its one thing if the change goes against “charter rights” (which are subjective anyway ) quite another when its clearly within those rights.
Cant help but think theres a bonus for someone.


The Judge was also a Teacher of John Tory’s when he was in Law School.
Conflict of interest maybe ?

Ralph Knapp

What happened to the long standing rule, “municipalities are “creatures of the province?” This judge appears to have not understand this, didn’t know it existed or just chose to ignore it. The statement, There’s just not enough time did not seem to be an issue. The City was ready to proceed. More to come on this one.

Ron Voss

“It appears that Bill 5 was hurriedly enacted to take effect in the middle of the city’s election without much thought at all, more out of pique than principle.” Language of a biased politician; not an impartial judge.


The whole of Toeonto always votes orange and red somehow they like communism, it makes them feel at home. They like all the unfreebies being given to them from everywhere else in the province and declaring that they are a sanctuary city and want everybody elses money for their cause across the country, and will argue this very loudly and cannot hear common sense or reason or that the rest of the country is in huge debt and collapsing. The CBC says the judge sided with them as it was the middle of an election, but the councilors had not… Read more »

Tim Bergman

It seems that the judge made a decision more out of ‘pique’ than principle.


I’m sure that judges appointment will be shortened.He can go back to poverty pimping, probably where he came from.


Is there a law preventing cutback to wages? Purely on getting Ontario out of debt.
They’ve done pay freezes for everyone except themselves. Businesses do it all the time.
Cut hours to save money. Only get paid when you actually work. No ‘salary pay’.
Create jobs by cancelling the full time and going for part time only, no benefits.
I mean, isn’t that how the province made it look like they created so look many jobs!

David Fairthorne

Legislating from the bench?


This is sickening. How can we fix this?