September 12, 2018 1:48 pm EST
Updated: September 12, 2018 1:52 pm EST

Andrew Scheer, federal Tories back Doug Ford’s use of notwithstanding clause

WATCH: Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that the government would be invoking the notwithstanding clause.

The federal Conservatives say Ontario Premier Doug Ford has the legal right to use the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to move ahead with plans to cut the size of Toronto city council.

Brock Harrison, a spokesman for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the constitution places municipal administration under provincial authority.

READ MORE: Doug Ford says move to cut size of Toronto council about ‘preserving democracy’

Harrison says that Ford made a decision that he is well within the law to make.

The notwithstanding clause gives provincial legislatures and Parliament the ability to usher in legislation that overrides charter provisions, but only for a five-year period.

Ford took the rarely used step Monday after a judge said it was unconstitutional to slash the number of city council seats in the middle of a municipal election without consultation, as it interfered with the right to freedom of expression of candidates and voters.

While Conservative pundits were quick to defend Ford, members of the Conservative party have been largely quiet on the topic until now.

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