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The important point to keep in mind regarding section 33 of the Charter of Rights & Freedoms is why it was included. Think about what was going on at the time and why the Charter was even created.

Sect. 33 is a white supremacy tool that was included to make white men feel safe.
Now that this fact has been said, let’s get to the heart of addressing the attempt to abuse power in order to maintain white supremacy.

It’s 2018, time to rule section 33 unconstitutional when used to subvert Canadians’ inalienable rights to a free & democratic society.

#TOpoli
History has taught us many lessons.

Some people learn from them and some people don’t.

During the time when then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and other white male elected Representatives were working on ensuring that underrepresented and marginalized Communities were protected
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It's time for a #thread regarding the #NotwithstandingClause and the need for an independent judiciary as check to government tyranny. It's seems that the right forgets fundamentals of Canadian democracy whenever it is convenient. #onpoli #Bill31 #Bill5
Parliamentary democracy is not the same as simple majoritarianism. The ultimate protectors of governmental legitimacy are free elections and the power of the electorate to change governments. Elections are one of many checks on Government power. #onpoli #NotwithstandingClause
It is wrong to suggest, as Doug Ford does, that anything that limits what the elected majority might wish to do, including the judiciary, is anti- democratic. This notion that parliamentary democracy resides only in majority rule is both false and dangerous. #onpoli #Bill31
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1. Can we talk a bit about the referendum that @JohnTory keeps circling back to? #TOpoli #Bill5
@JohnTory 2. In Tory's letter to Ford: "I urge you to consider putting the process on hold to allow for a referendum so we can let the people speak.”
@JohnTory 3. Let the people speak...

Conveniently walking past the consultation that has taken place, devaluing the input of those who participated.
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Breaking: Justice Belobaba finds #bill5 breaches s.2(b) of the Charter, and has not been justified under s.1. Declared of no force and effect effective immediately. October 22nd election will proceed as scheduled but with 47 wards, not 25.
"The enactment of provincial legislation radically changing the number and size of a city’s electoral districts in the middle of the city’s election is without parallel in Canadian history.... changing the rules in the middle of the game is profoundly unfair." (paras 6-7).
Judges should generally show restraint and deference to legislatures. Judicial "umpire" should intervene only when government "has clearly crossed the line." (para 8). "The Province has clearly crossed the line." (para 9)
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The @ONgov’s swift passing of #Bill5, cutting the size of Toronto’s city council, surprised many across Canada. Discover how this controversial bill broke the mould on #DemocraticProcess. ow.ly/pExs30lGdAM #Thread below. [1/10] #OnPoli #CdnPoli @IRPP
When #Toronto City Council reviewed its own ward boundaries starting in 2014, there were 24 public meetings, 100+ in-person meetings, surveys and online engagement. 2/11 ow.ly/cjw330lGdFr
The previous #Ontario government created an expert panel which held 20+ public meetings before it added two new ridings. 3/10 ow.ly/k96730lGdHV
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