Wednesday was a rather unusual day at Queen’s Park.
Not only were numerous protestors seated in the public gallery escorted out in handcuffs, the Ontario Government also officially reintroduced the bill slashing Toronto city council nearly in half, which led to every single NDP MPP in Legislature to be kicked out for pounding on their desks to protest Doug Ford.
Tension continued to build in the afternoon when hundreds of demonstrators headed to Toronto City Hall toting signs with messages like “Democracy not dictatorship!” and “Our city! We decide!” to continue protesting Ford’s efforts to revive the bill.
— Karen Longwell (@KarenLongwell) September 12, 2018
— Jason ☢️🔊 (@jasonnolan) September 13, 2018
— Michael Furtado (@michaeljfurtado) September 12, 2018
From 4 pm to 6 pm, protestors cheered and chanted alongside a lineup of City Councillors, including Kristyn Wong-Tam, and mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat.
We have a message for Doug Ford. This is our city, we will not let you steal our democracy without a fight. I love Toronto and it is worth fighting for. #Topoli #OurCityHall #TorCen pic.twitter.com/PlIThv47Ap
— Kristyn Wong-Tam (@kristynwongtam) September 13, 2018
— The Ryersonian (@theryersonian) September 12, 2018
Demonstrators even called on Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to “Stand up for Democracy” by signing a poster of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
At Tor City Hall with +1000 protesting #FordNation attempt to diminish democracy, abuse the Charter and weaken Toronto. We brought the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for people sign and to send to @C_Mulroney Send your letter here: https://t.co/8JxtfSKeWu #ontpoli #canpoli pic.twitter.com/i3SsktXEzk
— Council of Canadians (@CouncilofCDNs) September 12, 2018
— Sarah Doucette (@SarahEDoucette) September 12, 2018