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QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner released the following statement regarding the notwithstanding clause:

“The Premier’s use of the notwithstanding clause for a self-serving purpose is a blatant abuse of power.

He’s throwing a constitutional fit because he lost in court — once again.

And all for what? To silence his critics ahead of the 2022 election.

That’s not how democracy works, Premier Ford.

It’s an insult to Ontarians that this is what the Premier thinks is important right now.

How about recalling the legislature to get kids safely back in school? Or to implement an anti-Islamophobia strategy? Or to provide funding for Indigenous-led search teams to look for burial sites at former residential schools?

Ontario deserves better.

This government is pulling out all the stops and sitting the legislature over the weekend and through the night to force through a purely self-serving bill.

Premier Ford should be embarrassed by this blatant abuse of power, his efforts to undermine democracy and his completely out of touch priorities.”

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