Here is the way to hold Doug Ford accountable for the Greenbelt scandal
Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks during a press conference in on Friday. |
From the Toronto Star, august 17, 2023
By Linda Silver Dranoff Contributor
The auditor general has issued a damning report, chastising Premier Doug Ford and his government for lack of transparency, fairness, consultation and good faith in opening up the Greenbelt to developers.
Significant abuses by Ford’s government, particularly his non-elected political staff, were revealed. The rules were ignored and the process used was indefensible, such as letting developers dictate the wording of legislation and the land to be released from protection. The public service was sidelined.
The breadth and arrogance of this government’s actions has now been impressively documented by the auditor general in the Greenbelt Report. The auditor general recommended that the government reverse its decision. Premier Ford has made it clear he will not change course.
What can we do about it?
Use the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Use the courts. As citizens, let’s assert our rights in our democracy based on the rule of law, to challenge actions by legislators who abuse their power.
Premier Doug Ford has breached the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and should be held accountable. The province must follow the rules set out in the Charter, which applies to the legislature and government of each province.
The Charter confirms that Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of the rule of law. The rule of law is an essential principle of democracy.
Democratic rights are protected in section 3. While they are stated to be the right to vote in an election held at least every five years, the democratic rights to which citizens are entitled are not limited to the right to vote, nor is this right subject to the notwithstanding clause.