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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