GOLDSTEIN: Ford is fighting the ‘Court Party’

Whether one agrees with Premier Doug Ford on his use of the Charter’s notwithstanding clause to immediately downsize Toronto council for the Oct. 22 election — I disagree because I think it’s wrong to change the rules in the middle of the game — there is a much broader issue at stake here.

That is that the Charter — ironically enough created by politicians — has enormously increased the power of our judiciary not only to judge laws passed by Parliament and legislatures, but to remake them in their own image, as well as use the Charter inappropriately to strike down laws they disagree with.