Ont. gov't passes election spending bill with notwithstanding clause


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Ontario's Progressive Conservatives employed a rarely used legislative power on Monday to pass a bill limiting third-party election advertising amid shouts of “shame” from the opposition.

The government used the notwithstanding clause to pass Bill 307, which reintroduced amendments to the Election Finances Act that a judge struck down as unconstitutional last week.

The clause allows legislatures to override portions of the charter for a five-year term.

The opposition parties argued the legislation was an attempt by Premier Doug Ford’s government to silence criticism ahead of next year’s provincial election.

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