A Canadian premier's use of an obscure constitutional opt-out clause has prompted criticism from Amnesty International Canada.
Arnott left the chair as the protesters continued to heckle and shout at Ford while he defended his plan to use the notwithstanding clause, Section 33 in the Charter, to chop Toronto Council to 25 wards despite a court ruling that it violates charter rights.
Premier Ford wants to cut the size of council almost in half in the midst of the October election campaign.
Ford took the rarely used step Monday after a judge said it was unconstitutional to slash the number of city council seats in the middle of a municipal election without consultation, as it interfered with the right to freedom of expression of candidates and voters.
Harrison says that Ford made a decision that he is well within the law to make.More news: Texas Education Board votes to cut Hillary Clinton’s name from student curriculum
What is the notwithstanding clause?. This time with a clause.
What's the reaction been like?The provincial government has appealed the ruling and reintroduced its changes this week in a new bill, compounding the chaos facing the clerk as she oversees preparation for the election.
Supporters of Mr Ford's say his use of the clause is a justifiable response to what they see as judicial activism.
But with such contentious legislation from the Ford government, we expected a lively and informed debate Wednesday; after all, there are a plethora of constitutional and procedural points that the opposition could have brought to the fray.
On Thursday, the city council held an emergency meeting on how to respond to the premier's decision to go ahead with the cuts.More news: Human case of West Nile virus identified
Sources say the weekend sitting will allow the government to pass Bill 31, which will downsize Toronto council from 47 to 25 members, into law more quickly.
Toronto city clerk Ulli Watkiss said every delay between now and the October 22 vote affects her ability to ensure fairness, regardless of whether Toronto's electoral map will retain its current 47 wards, or 25, as the Ontario government wants.
The subtext of Scheer's statement is that there are no charter rights because if the people ultimately have the final say on the use of the notwithstanding clause by voting a government out of office, no right exists in defiance of a government's legislation and its willingness to use of the notwithstanding clause when checked by the courts.
His Progressive Conservative Party won the June provincial election on a populist platform that included the promise to end government waste.
Toronto politicians are to hold an emergency meeting today to weigh their next steps after the Ontario government moved to revive a controversial bill that would slash city council almost in half.More news: The changing death toll from Hurricane Maria