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How Can We Legally Get Rid Of A Corrupt Majority Government?

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Canadian voters will never hear a leader of a political party call for the lessening of  power for a majority government during an election campaign even though they whined about the evils of them for about 4 years, because they the opposition that had a minority are too busy during an election campaign begging the Canadian electorate for a majority. 

Do you not think as I do that it is high time that this farce which is passing itself off as a democratic form of government in this country of ours comes to and end? If you think that I am talking solely of the Conservative Government of Canada led by Steven Harper, than  you are wrong, because there is not one government at any level, of any stripe that behaves any differently when they have been given a majority government.  Oh I would agree that they are not as bad as this one, or perhaps less arrogant, but the truth is that all political parties with the majority take advantage of the situation and use it to  avoid the spirit of democracy, using the age-old, tried and true, excuses and reasoning for why what they are doing is different from what this Conservative Government of Canada does and is doing.

I find it hypocritical of the Liberal Party of Canada which has enjoyed the power of a majority government several times in the history of Canada, but has never sought to lessen the power of a majority government in any time when it had the power to do so, is now complaining about the non democratic way that this government is conducting the affairs of this country. The New Democratic Party although it has never formed a federal government has never made the promise in any campaign that I am aware of to pass any laws that would reduce the power of a majority government, should they be elected with a majority, while they were in power.  I would suggest that no party sought to reduce the power of a majority while they had the power to do so through legislation, or put into place legally some mechanism to rid the country of a corrupt, or unjust majority government, instead of giving more power to the  government while taking it from the people, is because they are afraid that the power that they give back to the people will one day be used against them, because they know that given the chance at a majority government they will in time give into the temptation of absolute power and will become as corrupt as the government they are complaining about.  The Liberals for example have had a majority in both Houses on at least one occasion, but never suggested during that time that a law that would see the people of Canada being able to petition for the removal of a sitting government whether it had a majority or not, if a majority of Canadian voters  found said government to be  corrupt, deceitful and not being representative of Canada’s laws, customs and values?

 Both politician and layman know that the only way for  the government to change the power of a majority government is if a majority government was to enact legislation to take the power away from itself; can you say isn’t going to happen?  Can you think of any political party that is given the chance to govern with a majority actually cutting its own dictator like powers? Canadian voters need something, a political and legally binding mechanism, enshrined in law, capable of holding a majority government to the democratic principles of a democratically governed country and that also ensure that opposition parties do not needlessly hold up the passing of laws that do not go against the Canadian Constitution, or violate the Canadian Charter of Rights.

A panel of ordinary citizens and business persons representing a cross-section of the Canadian population, acting independently and without fear of any political party or leader, endowed with the legal authority and power to challenge a government who they determine to be constantly behaving in a non democratic way, or to be found guilty of needlessly disrupting the functioning of duly elected  government. I would suggest that this group of people needs to be chosen and changed with every new election, from say a lottery, or contest, so that it can be truly a random sampling of the population and next to impossible to predict or rig the outcome of. They would have the power to mediate a binding resolution to the problem, be it removal of individuals from their offices, the immediate passing of laws they believe are being held up without just cause, or the rejection of laws that are being proposed that are in clear violation of the laws of Canada and the Canadian Constitution, until the legality or constitutionality of the uncertain law can be resolved in the courts and in extreme cases have the power to call for the removal of the government through the petitioning the people of Canada and asking them to decide when certain conditions are met and depending o the results of that petition order a new election if the Canadian people indicate that is what they want.

Canadian voters will never hear a leader of a political party call for the lessening of  power for a majority government during an election campaign even though they whined about the evils of them for about 4 years, because they the opposition that had a minority government are now too busy begging the Canadian electorate for a majority.  You will never hear any political party during an election campaign say, “Give us a majority government and we promise to make it possible for you the people to remove us and any other government from office whether sitting with a majority or not  by setting up the means legally to do so if certain conditions are met such as when:

  • It can be proven that the party in question won the election by knowingly using illegal methods, or tactics, such as Robo Calls, illegal campaign contributions, or any other violation of the Election Act whether it be a local riding, or a whole federal, provincial, or civic election; no matter how small the violation, or how big.
  • It can be proven that the government of the day deliberately attempted to thwart the spirit of democracy that this country is supposed to governed by, by deliberately withholding or denying access to information, without just cause, putting it in violation with existing access to information laws.
  • It can be proven that the government of the day is found to have deliberately misled the House and finds that the government is in contempt of parliament; whether or not the government is sitting with a majority.
  • The government goes totally against the platform and refuses to implement any of the campaign promises that got them elected.

I think that examples why absolute power must be removed from a government with a majority has never been more clear and have been met by the Conservative Government of Canada right now, but they have used their majority status in both houses to prevent such a challenge to their governance, but if we had this mechanism I speak of they could no longer hide behind majority status when they violate their office and trust of the Canadian people.

I say this because in the last federal election the court found that although the Conservative Party of Canada cheated, the court did not feel that, their cheating was enough of a reason to put Canadians through another election.  I say  that the court erred in its finding and set in place a dangerous precedent, making it okay for politicians and political parties to break election laws and get away with it.  What they did in effect with their finding was take away the only part of the democratic process left for the voter and that is the choice of whom to vote for on election day.

Our politicians must stop playing Canadians for fools, but they will not as long as they can keep the power that they stole by playing against the rules. This government has:

  • Told some pretty bad lies and is constantly misleading both houses and in doing so is guilty of misleading Canadians.
  • Denied access to information to Canadians that Canadians have the right to know through the Right to Information Act.
  • Denied  opposition parties the information necessary to  do their job either all together, or not in a timely enough fashion shutting down their ability for them to perform their jobs effectively.

They have done all this because their right to govern cannot be challenged until the next election, because they are sitting with a majority government. Think about something that you as a Canadian citizen that you just cannot get behind and that the majority of Canadians would not get behind and just do not want Canada to do; now understand that if the government of the day is sitting with a majority government there is not anything legal that anyone could do to stop them from doing it, if that government chose not to back down.

 At the end of the day maybe another political party needs to be formed whose primary priority would be to create the mechanism and process I have talked about, or another that would allow and make possible the removal of  a corrupt government from office that is sitting with a majority status, without having to get their approval. This new political party would see to it that this mechanism is enshrined in the rules of parliament, or in the laws of this land with a provision that only by 51% yes vote from a country-wide referendum of the people of the country could these powers ever again be altered and that 60% of eligible voters must have voted in order for the 51% to be valid.  After achieving its goal the party would disband, its mandate fulfilled and the people of Canada’s political power and will restored to them.

Is it possible, is it true that we are now living in a time when what is good for Canadians is not what is good for Canada?  I ask this question, because this is what our government is telling us when they say that they have had to make some pretty tough choices for the good of Canada that the Canadian people may not see as good for them.  If we are to look at Canada as just a big business like the government would have us see this nation, devoid of compassion and integrity, where all that is important is the bottom line, then where do the ordinary people fit in?  Are we just mindless worker ants forever destined to toil for the good of country day in and out never to dream, never to feel and never to have a say? Unless something changes real soon, this is our destiny as Canadians, so what is up Canada?

  1. November 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm

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