Don't Violate the Charter of Rights

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford said recently that he will override court rulings that find he or his government have violated the fundamental rights of people in Ontario, rights protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada's Constitution.

The Charter exists to protect Canadians from abuses of power by politicians and government officials.  The Charter is supported by more than 90% of Canadians.

Your rights Premier Ford has said he "won't be shy" to violate include:

  • your rights to freedom of expression, religion, and to protest government actions and join a union;
  • your rights to privacy, and to not be arrested or jailed arbitrarily, and to be presumed innocent and not be subjected to cruel or unusual punishment, and;
  • your right not to be discriminated against based on your race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age or physical disability.

Premier Ford is proposing to violate Ontarians' Charter rights right now with Bill 31 -- which will override a court ruling that found that the law his Conservative government passed during the summer violated the Charter rights of election candidates and voters because the law stopped Toronto's city election in the middle of the campaign and cut the number of city councillors in half.

This is the first time in Ontario that a Premier has used this measure -- called the "notwithstanding clause" -- to violate the Charter rights of Ontarians.

But Premier Ford won't stop there -- he said he will do this again and again so he and his government can do whatever they want, whenever they want, even if the courts rule that they are violating the law.

Please join in calling on Premier Ford to stop violating the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by signing this petition!

See more details at:

Doug Ford says its hammer time -- "won't be shy" to violate Charter rights in the future (The Telegram, September 12, 2018)

Survey finds we like the Charter of Rights more than hockey (Calgary Herald, October 1, 2015)

Doug Ford is challenging the rule of law itself (Globe and Mail, September 11, 2018)

Former Ontario premier Bill Davis: Ford wrong to use notwithstanding clause (TVO, September 12, 2018)

Doug Ford's use of notwithstanding clause sparks fears it will embolden others to invoke it (CBC News, September 12, 2018)

Protestors handcuffed during debate over notwithstanding clause (CP24 News, September 12, 2018)