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September 19, 2018 10:57 PM Doug Ford dines at Trump hotel on his NAFTA visit to Washington

Trump has been sued over this spending by the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., who accuse him of violating a section of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits the president from taking “emoluments” from foreign officials. Foreign stays at the hotel are at the centre of the lawsuit. Ford was making his first foreign trip as premier. His visit 8

September 18, 2018 10:00 AM Toronto residents oppose Ford’s use of notwithstanding clause: Poll

Most Toronto residents strongly oppose Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause to try to slash the size of city council by nearly half, a new Mainstreet Research poll shows. With just over a month before the Oct. 22 municipal election, the Progressive Conservatives are pushing to pass Bill 31, the Efficient Local Government Act, that would 9

September 14, 2018 9:08 PM Charter of Rights architects — including Jean Chrétien — condemn Doug Ford’s use of notwithstanding clause

OTTAWA—Former prime minister Jean Chrétien, retired chief justice of Ontario Roy McMurtry and former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow — political heavyweights instrumental in the creation of the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause — are condemning Ontario Premier Doug Ford for using the controversial measure to overrule a provincial court. In a joint 10

September 14, 2018 6:09 PM Ontario outlines arguments in lawsuit against federal carbon tax plan

The Ontario government says it has taken the next step in its legal challenge against the federal government’s carbon tax plan. Environment Minister Rod Phillips says the government has filed a statement in court outlining its arguments that Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan is unconstitutional. The province argues the federal government does not have the power 12

September 13, 2018 12:21 PM ‘We have hit a tipping point.’ City clerk warns Oct. 22 municipal vote in jeopardy over confusion over number of wards

Toronto city council gathers Thursday to respond to Premier Doug Ford’s unprecedented push to cut council almost in half. Whether the city can logistically hold a 25-seat election on Oct. 22 — with or without advance voting, any legal options for the city to fight Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause, and Mayor John Tory’s push for a referendum on council 12

September 12, 2018 9:31 PM Province appeals judge’s ruling on Toronto council cut

The Ontario government has filed notice to appeal a judge’s ruling that killed Premier Doug Ford’s original proposed cut to Toronto council. In doing so, it plans to argue that municipal voters do not have a Charter right to effective representation and that the province was treated unfairly by not having enough time to respond to the court challenges 10

September 12, 2018 8:47 PM With Doug Ford as Boss Hogtown, who needs a mayor?

The City of Toronto Act is supposed to be a sort of city charter, defining the powers of the municipal government and how they work. It is still on the books, for now. Officially. But it would appear obvious, after the past two months and especially the past week, that the act has been effectively replaced. Instead we get the City of Toronto Actor: Premier 12

September 12, 2018 7:04 PM First-past-the-post enables ‘fringe’ candidates like Doug Ford, says Jagmeet Singh

SURREY, B.C.—Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has taken aim at Conservative politicians while lambasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for abandoning a campaign promise to bring in electoral reform. Singh told his caucus during a retreat in Surrey, B.C., that Trudeau’s explanation for disavowing the promise was that he was worried a new electoral system 10

September 10, 2018 12:11 PM Superior Court judge strikes down legislation cutting the size of Toronto city council

A judge has struck down legislation cutting the size of Toronto city council in another legal blow to Premier Doug Ford. An appeal is likely, lawyers involved in the case and the judge himself noted. That leaves the upcoming election in an ongoing state of uncertainty. The decision from Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba comes just nine days after 7

September 7, 2018 9:39 PM Trump and Trudeau have eyes on upcoming elections as NAFTA talks grind on

It’s said that Canada’s negotiators at the trade talks in Washington explained to the Americans that political priorities would be keeping them away from the table next week — that if Canada ever does reach a deal with the United States in the days and weeks ahead, Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland are going to have to sell the deal to his Liberal 6