Doug Ford withdraws Conservative lawmaker from government caucus over emergency powers vote

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford is seen after a meeting in Toronto, December 2, 2019.

Carlos Osorio / Reuters

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has removed a Cambridge, Ont. Legislator from the Progressive Conservative caucus for voting against a controversial government bill.

Ford today released a statement saying Belinda Karahalios will no longer sit as a member of the Progressive Conservative caucus.

Karahalios voted against a government bill that gives him the power to extend or change certain emergency orders one month at a time, for a period of up to two years.

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She called the bill an “unnecessary overstepping” of parliamentary democracy shortly after the vote.

Karahalios was first elected in 2018 and had served as Parliamentary Assistant to Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

She could not be reached immediately for comment.

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