Premier puts October election in disarray by invoking rarely used ‘notwithstanding’ clause to cut the number of wards from 47 to 25

Canada’s largest city is in political chaos after Ontario premier Doug Ford used a rarely-deployed constitutional mechanism to dramatically reduce the number of voting districts in Toronto’s October election.

The “notwithstanding clause” – which has never before been invoked in Ontario, and is rarely used throughout Canada – is widely viewed as a legal “safety valve”, allowing legislators to bypass perceived judicial overreach.

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