Lise Vaugeois MPP, Thunder Bay–Superior North

Government of Ontario

Three times Ford called back the legislature in a hurry

Published on November 10, 2022

QUEEN’S PARK — Doug Ford keeps claiming that he is repealing Bill 28 — his worker rights-attacking legislation — as quickly as possible. That simply isn’t true. Here are three times he moved faster than he is now on repealing Bill 28 to rush legislation through the legislature:

  1. When Doug Ford was ramming through his worker-attacking legislation last week, he recalled the legislature to sit at 5 a.m. to hurry it along.
  2. Doug Ford recalled the legislature the first time he used the notwithstanding clause — when he wanted to silence his critics by changing election finance rules.
  3. In 2018, Doug Ford called the legislature back at midnight to ram through legislation cutting Toronto City Council in half — the first time he threatened to use the notwithstanding clause.

“We’ve seen Doug Ford call back the legislature on a moment’s notice before — any day of the year, any time of day,” said Interim Ontario NDP Leader Peter Tabuns. “Why is it that Mr. Ford can move at the speed of lighting to wield the notwithstanding clause, but that all of a sudden he slows down to the speed of molasses when it comes to walking back his attack on workers’ rights?

“The NDP is ready and willing to return to the legislature at any time, and there is no time left to waste. It is critical that we have an opportunity to carefully review what the government brings forward to make sure it actually repeals Bill 28 like Mr. Ford claims it will — and doesn’t sneak in any surprises — and we have not seen anything yet.”