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Sep 11, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Having opened the door, Doug Ford says he would “not be shy” in using the notwithstanding clause again in the future to get his way. Here are the fundamental Charter rights that can be taken away with the notwithstanding clause:… #onpoli
Section 2: freedom of conscience, of religion, of thought and expression; freedom of the press; freedom of peaceful assembly and association
Section 7: the right to life, liberty and security of the person
Sections 8-10: protections against unreasonable search and seizure; the right not to be arbitrarily imprisoned or detained; the right to counsel and habeas corpus
Section 11: the right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence
Section 12: the right not to be subjected to cruel or unusual punishment
Sections 13 and 14: protection against self-incrimination; the right to an interpreter at trial
Section 15: the right to equality under the law, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability
If you find it alarming and extraordinary that a government has the power to take away such fundamental rights, that’s because it is. It’s why democratic governments very rarely use this power. It has never before been used in Ontario #onpoli
Doug Ford is normalizing the suspension of human rights with his casual invocation of the notwithstanding clause, which he says he will “not be shy” in using again. And why? To undermine local democracy and settle personal scores. Because he can. Despotic #onpoli

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