Despite the current furor over the issue, Ford’s government will maintain good relations with construction unions as long as the PCs keep building, experts say.
The time change has been linked to, amongst other findings, an 8-percent spike in depression rates, a 24-percent increase in heart attacks amongst at-risk populations, an 8-percent increase in strokes, and a 10-percent increase in fatal car crashes.
The inclusion of the notwithstanding clause may have been the original sin, but our overreaching Supreme Court reading in rights that should never have been there is making matters worse.
Those hyperventilating about the more frequent use of the notwithstanding clause are directing their concern in the wrong direction. Legislatures are using the notwithstanding clause to fight back against overreaching courts. Better late than never.
We should resist the temptation to think that the notwithstanding clause is itself intrinsically unjust or that every use of it is automatically unjust. Our focus should be on the substance of the law and whether it respects fundamental justice.
There are plenty of people throwing around opinions on this issue—some good, some bad—but it’s helpful to keep in mind that, in public life as in real life, multiple things can be true at the same time.
This week’s Hub Dialogue Roundtable discusses the potential political fallout from the Emergencies Act inquiry in Ottawa, plus, the Bank of Canada’s surprising decision this week to announce a rate hike below the market’s expectations.
Neither the Wildrose nor PC parties still exist, but the leadership contest may be another clash of their legacies.
Commotion over the Alberta Sovereignty Act ignores the long track record of provinces working around federal laws
While reams of punditry have examined the constitutionality and wisdom, or lack thereof, of this proposal, most have overlooked the fact that provincial nullification of federal laws has been practiced for decades in other parts of the country.
Pierre Trudeau enacted his rationalist Constitution just as the corrosive logic of liberalism was fracturing our society. Its legacy is a post-rational, post-liberal system where the most important issues are subject to the whims of judicial power.