Letter: Canada’s government anything but democratic
To the editor:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will tell Dan Albas (Conservative MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla) how to vote on the Reform Bill C-559, just like Harper will continue to tell Albas, Ron Cannan (Conservative MP for Kelowna-Lake Country), and all the other federal Conservative MPs how to vote on any bill.
Mainstream political parties have arbitrarily allowed their leaders to use party discipline to control the votes in all of our legislatures.
Bill C-559 will not change that.
Party discipline has effectively destroyed any semblance of democracy in our federal and provincial legislative assemblies.
Albas is also ignoring the fact that we are being ruled by a federal statute, commonly referred to as The Constitution Act of Canada, adopted in 1982 by the federal Liberal government.
While we were supposed to have become a free and democratic society, former prime minister, the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau, made sure that all we achieved was a form of self-government.
The Statute insists we must have democratic elections, however, it does not state that we must have democratic governments.
Albas may ask: “What exactly is Bill C-559?”
It is called the Reform Act of 2013 and was introduced recently by MP Michael Chong, MP for the federal riding of Wellington-Halton Hills.
In reality it is a cry from the people to dump the colonial style governments that are destroying our country.
Albas: Does Bill C-559 increase democracy?
The people are not looking for an increase in the democratic process.
They want to end Colonial rule and have honest and transparent governments like other democratic societies; governments that are controlled by the people, not the party leaders.
Over the years Canadian men and women have distinguished themselves by fighting for freedom and democracy around the world.
On the home front the people we elected in good faith to protect our rights have arbitrarily allowed our political leaders to destroy any semblance of democracy, and turn Canada into a virtual dictatorship.
What a contrast, and what a legacy.