The issue should have stayed in the political realm and out of the courts all along, University of Waterloo political science professor Emmett Macfarlane suggested.

“I think it’s bad decision after bad decision. I think it was manifestly unfair for the Ford government to drop this in the middle of a municipal election. I think the judge yesterday overreached in striking down the law,” he said. “And I think the use of the notwithstanding clause is an imprudent decision to defend an imprudent law.”