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Premier Doug Ford could have saved himself a lot of political grief from the usual suspects if he had simply done what Quebec premiers have done for years when passing French-language legislation. He should have included a clause in his bill to restrict third-party advertising in election campaigns beyond what the previous Liberal government had done, invoking the Canadian constitution’s notwithstanding clause. That’s what Premier François Legault just did in introducing Bill 96 to protect the French language in Quebec. Had Ford done that when his government passed the legislation, instead of after a judge ruled against it, the usual suspects would still be complaining, but he could have avoided looking like he was thumbing his nose at the court and saved taxpayers a bundle in legal bills.

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