In an interview with Global News Radio 640 Toronto, Ford was asked if he intends to shrink other city councils in the province in the same way he's cutting Toronto's nearly in half.
The premier said the province would also appeal the court decision, which said the legislation - called the Better Local Government Act - was hurriedly enacted in the middle of a municipal election and interfered with the right to freedom of expression for both candidates and voters.
Tory said the city will oppose an application expected from the province to stay the judge's decision pending an appeal. Belobaba called Bill 5 "profoundly unfair" and found that nothing the government's lawyers had presented could reasonably explain why the 47-ward election for a city of almost 3 million people needed to be cancelled by legislative fiat.
Liberal Leader John Fraser urged Ford to abide by the ruling and stop meddling in municipal politics.
"I believe the judge's decision is deeply, deeply concerning", Ford said hours after the scathing court ruling. "The past several centuries of effort to constrain government to act within certain legal boundaries were swept away with a peremptory "I was elected". "The judge was appointed".
Ford said he'll hold an open vote but noted his caucus and cabinet ministers are "1,000%" in favour of his plan. "Waiting an additional four years to reduce the size of city council is a missed opportunity to save taxpayers money".
Ford has previously argued that "thousands of people" have told him that Toronto's city council, which he served on for one term alongside his late brother and former mayor Rob ford, is ineffective and "dysfunctonal". "These councillors worry about themselves and holding on to power".
"It is the people who will be the ultimate judges of our performance".
At a press conference, Ford said while he respects the court's decision, he wants to make the government more efficient.
A judge has ruled that the province of Ontario had no right to slash the size of Toronto's city council in the middle of an election.
Bill 5 cut the size of Toronto's city council from 47 seats to 25, aligning them with federal ridings, despite the fact that the campaign for the October 22 election was already underway.
"It breached the municipal voter's right to cast a ballot in effective representation", said Belobaba.
The notwithstanding clause is contained in Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, approved by Parliament in 1982, so its use can hardly be described as unconstitutional.
"The province has clearly crossed the line", said Belobaba. "The province has clearly crossed the line".
In a news release at the time, Environment Minister Rod Phillips said the new proposed legislation, if passed, would compensate eligible companies that bought credits as part of the program, and would also include new measures to replace cap-and-trade with "a better plan for achieving real environmental goals".
"This is an extraordinary power that should be used in the most extraordinary of circumstances". "This has been used only a handful of times across this country".
But the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which provided funding to one of the groups challenging the province, called Belobaba's decision a victory for democracy.
"Invoking the notwithstanding clause in a case like this is an unprecedented move, literally suspending the Charter rights of Ontario people in order to plow ahead with his revenge plot against his political enemies at Toronto City Hall", said Horwath.
That's exactly what the Progressive Conservatives are going to do now - and there's really nothing, at this point, that anyone can do to stop them from passing a successor to Bill 5 before the end of the month. But his ruling was very almost the best-case scenario for Toronto's advocates - and thanks to the notwithstanding clause, it still wasn't enough.