Letters to the Editor

Reform bill undemocratic

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will tell Dan Albas how to vote on the reform Bill C-559, just like he tells Albas, Ron Cannan and all 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 destroyed any semblance of democracy in our federal and provincial legislative assemblies.

Albas is also ignoring the fact 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, the late and former Prime Minister 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 by MP Michael Chong (Wellington-Halton Hills). In reality it is a cry from the people to dump the colonial-style governments that is destroying our country.

Mr. 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.

Andy Thomsen

Summerland

 

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