Is This The Beginning Of The End For Doug Ford?
Should Doug Ford Resign?
The simple answer is Yes!
At least someone's head should roll.
For those who don’t know, Doug Ford is the Premier of the province of Ontario, Canada. Ontario is currently under a stay-at-home order due to a nasty third wave of covid. This post is not to bash Doug Ford’s handling of the pandemic which I think has been a disappointment.
On Friday April 16, 2021, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones increased police powers in Ontario. She announced that officers will temporarily be allowed to ask people where they live and why they aren’t home. If people are not willing to comply then they are breaking the law and there is the option for the police officer to issue a ticket.
At least Sylvia Jones’ head should roll.
Cue the outrage.
Before the announcement, I was listening to a radio show on Newstalk 1010 and a commentator said that the cabinet was probably talking to lawyers to see what they could get away with. I’d be interested to know which lawyers were consulted.
We live in Canada. It’s not a perfect country but it’s pretty good. The line of people wanting to come here is long and there’s a reason for that. We have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms and it’s not just words on a page. The rules therein are followed to the letter. It is a document referred to when deciding on new laws.
To that point, what lawyer decided that it would be appropriate to have police arbitrarily pull anyone over to ask people where they live and why they aren’t home.
The Charter under Legal Rights states:
Protection against arrest without good reason
Law enforcement agencies cannot take actions against individuals that are random or not backed by good reasons. A police officer, for example, must have reasonable grounds to believe you have committed a crime and must tell you why you are being arrested and detained.
It made my heart soar when pretty much all police services stated that they would not be following that order. Doug Ford has since rescinded the order and ‘restored’ the correct police powers.
Hooray for public pressure.
Doug looks tired. I’m sure that this was not what he signed up for. He couldn’t have imagined that he would be fighting the ravages of a virus. He thought his time in City Council prepared him to battle opposition leaders like Andrea Horvath.
She’s human. He can see her, hear her, smell her.
He can do none of that with covid. Like the wind, all he can see is its effects. Right now he’s trying to kill a tiger with a feather. The animal is just getting angrier.
I voted for Doug. I thought of him as a man who respected the police and followed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I still do. I think this was a brain fart. He wasn’t thinking straight.
Get some sleep, Doug. You’ve got a long way to go yet. You can’t afford any more missteps like this.
Not if you want another crack at the premiership.
FYI, just so you don’t get cocky:
Legislation passed in 1990 in the Supreme Court ruled that police may conduct a roadside stop if they are checking for either a driver’s license, vehicle registration, or proof of insurance. In addition, police have the right to pull you over for a random sobriety check, in which the fitness of the driver is quickly gauged. Police may also reserve the right to pull you over if your vehicle is mechanically unfit to be on public roads. Things such as burnt-out taillights and headlights are always grounds for a stop. Rule 5–4 of the Canadian Criminal Code states that driver rights are not violated in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in any of these scenarios. It is important to always remember that once you have been pulled over for any reason, you have the right to refuse questions from an officer, although many times cooperation will lead to reduced punishments or a warning. (from fightthecharges.com)