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2018 Municipal Election: Toronto Council Races

How many non-incumbent winners will there be on council?


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MAMMO just suggested that FORD use this as a way to cancel the Finch LRT and to build a Finch Subway instead. SMH
 

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The Star: Ford says he’ll invoke the ‘notwithstanding clause.’ Here’s everything you need to know about the bombshell move:
https://www.thestar.com/news/city_h...ou-need-to-know-about-the-bombshell-move.html

Great explainer on the Notwithstanding Clause, for non-experts in jurisprudence. This answer hurt:
If Ford invokes the notwithstanding clause, can the city appeal?

No. There’s nothing the city can do to repeal a law that invokes the notwithstanding clause, both Macfarlane and Mathen said.
 

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MAMMO just suggested that FORD use this as a way to cancel the Finch LRT and to build a Finch Subway instead. SMH

I wouldn't be surprised if he does it.

Perhaps instead of building the DRL he'll use the NWSC to make people walk instead.
 

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Generally, except in extreme circumstances.

I don't think there's an preclusion for an LG dismissing the government, and appointing a different member of the same party to form a government. Particularly in the case of high crimes or something, if the Premier didn't resign.

This isn't that though.

But ... if a hypothetical letter signed by 63 PC MPPs went to the LG supporting Christine Elliott forming a government ... now that would be interesting.

Either way - we are no where near there yet.

That's a big stretch. Parliament and the Courts are the appropriate checks on the prime minister - not the Crown. If a premier has the support of the legislature, it's not the LG's place to interfere.
 

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Supposedly it's going to be a 'free vote.' Will there be 12 of 76 PC party minions willing to vote against their party?
 

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If a premier has the support of the legislature, it's not the LG's place to interfere.
Agreed. But in my hypothetical example, if 63 PC MPPs signed a hypothetical letter, then the hypothetical premier wouldn't not have the support of the legislature.
 

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I don't know, I'm hearing from a number of people outside of Toronto that they're already sick of Doug's focus on Toronto and would like to remind him that he is supposed to be premier of the entire province.

There might be selective exposure on both sides. I voted for PC (of course I deserved to be tarred and feathered according to many members here.. I did vote for McGuinty's Liberals back in 2003 and affirmed the status quo during that time by not voting since). The few I talked to that voted PC, this council issue is a non-issue. I know for me, who's in a suburb in Toronto, welcome the cuts to improve efficiency. Heck, I even think it will tilt the favour 'to the Left' so this isn't an ideological "I need to make sure it goes right" thing. But clearly, there is way too much grandstanding and NIMBYSM with its current make-up. Higher quality, and more committed councilors will prevail. If I feel that way, I most likely can assure, those who rode the wave I did in ousting the Liberals, and had the same sentiments resulting in this landslide electoral victory, will continue to do so, so far.

Plus, IMO, the Judge's verdict logic doesn't really hold. It almost sounds like talking points with personal bias, so overuling a type of judge like this is fine by me.
 

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Plus, IMO, the Judge's verdict logic doesn't really hold. It almost sounds like talking points with personal bias, so overuling a type of judge like this is fine by me.

Do all conservatives claim "bias" every single time they don't agree with something.
 

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Section 33 is the Achilles heel of the Constitution. Its very existence invites its use..
It's rarely been used, and I can think of no example of it being abused (until perhaps now). And I want our elected representatives to be the final arbiter of policy, not some judge. If those representatives abuse the Constitution, we can toss them out later, but we can't touch a judge.

I'd like to see Trudeau use the NWC to force through the pipeline expansion in the name of national economic/strategic interests. His Dad would have. Instead we get policy conferences on gender. But that's another thread, so I'll say no more.
 

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Agreed. But in my hypothetical example, if 63 PC MPPs signed a hypothetical letter, then the hypothetical premier wouldn't not have the support of the legislature.
But we already have precedent that letters aren't enough. In 2008 the opposition parties with a collective majority sent GG Jean a letter saying they would form a government after defeating the PCs on a non-confidence vote, and she still allowed Harper to prorogue parliament. Her (sound) reasoning was that the House is the only appropriate place to judge the PM's confidence.

That said, she also insisted that Harper promise to re-convene quickly, as avoidance of the House is not an acceptable strategy.
 

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There might be selective exposure on both sides. I voted for PC (of course I deserved to be tarred and feathered according to many members here.. I did vote for McGuinty's Liberals back in 2003 and affirmed the status quo during that time by not voting since). The few I talked to that voted PC, this council issue is a non-issue. I know for me, who's in a suburb in Toronto, welcome the cuts to improve efficiency. Heck, I even think it will tilt the favour 'to the Left' so this isn't an ideological "I need to make sure it goes right" thing. But clearly, there is way too much grandstanding and NIMBYSM with its current make-up. Higher quality, and more committed councilors will prevail. If I feel that way, I most likely can assure, those who rode the wave I did in ousting the Liberals, and had the same sentiments resulting in this landslide electoral victory, will continue to do so, so far.

Plus, IMO, the Judge's verdict logic doesn't really hold. It almost sounds like talking points with personal bias, so overuling a type of judge like this is fine by me.

I'm curious - how does the logic not really hold?
 

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I wouldn't be surprised if he does it.

Perhaps instead of building the DRL he'll use the NWSC to make people walk instead.
As he is clearly easily confused by long words he could also announce that there will be "No Standing" on the subway because he will magically expand it so much that everyone can sit? Now THAT would be Not-With-Standing!! Sigh!
 

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What about the fact that the boundary change altered their pool of potential voters AFTER they had begun campaigning? Consider the new ward 18 (South of Bloor, between Parkside Drive and Dovercourt Road). This new ward includes portions of the old wards 14, 18 and even a section of old ward 19 (Liberty Village). In the 25-ward model, these areas would again be divided between different wards as they are in different provincial ridings.
Candidates who registered under the 47-Ward system had already started campaigning across the new ward 19, but with Bill 5 they were automatically going to have wasted some of their resources on potential voters who would no longer be in their riding under the 25-ward system.
Considering the small amount of residents that vote, it means nothing. I bet 80-90% of residents have no idea who is running and I am sure its been the same in the past
 

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Plus, IMO, the Judge's verdict logic doesn't really hold. It almost sounds like talking points with personal bias, so overuling a type of judge like this is fine by me.

So why not just appeal the ruling instead of going straight to the notwithstanding clause?
 
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