The Ontario legislature will sit this weekend to debate a bill that will include the notwithstanding clause to restore Elections Act restrictions on third-party advertising. Government House leader Paul Calandra says the bill restoring provisions that were ruled unconstitutional by an Ontario Superior Court judge were introduced for first reading yesterday. Calandra says the House will be brought back after midnight on Saturday for debate that he expects will continue into Sunday afternoon and potentially wrap up with a vote on Monday night. He argues that using the notwithstanding clause to restore a 12-month restriction on third-party ads before a vote is important to protect democratic elections. University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman calls it a misuse of the clause, and poor political judgment.
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