Liberal Party of Canada
Today, after a life-time of supporting the Liberal Party of Canada with my vote, I decided to make it official and support them as a member as well (even made a donation :-)). I hope others, especially in our Macleod riding, do likewise, and I will tell you why in a minute. You can join here.
(I have also put a graphic link to Liberal Bloggers on my sidebar for those of you who may be interested.)
Now, if after next Tuesday the powers that be try to launch a ‘propaganda war’ in order to maintain power, then people should read the following before jumping to false conclusions, and/or convictions of right or wrong, or them and us.
Thanks to CuriosityCat for this…
If, as many Canadians hope, the three opposition parties vote against the Harper government on the vote of confidence next week, the Governor General will have to decide what to do. In doing so, she will follow certain well established parliamentary conventions.
Because so many Canadians do not know enough about how these conventions work, a group of 39 eminent constitutional lawyers have published their legal conclusions regarding what the GG should do, based on our parliamentary government system.
Their conclusion is:
“It is our opinion that in the event of a non-confidence vote or a request for dissolution of Parliament after only 13 sitting days of the House of Commons, the Governor General would be well-advised to call the leader of the opposition to attempt to form a government”.
Their reasoning may be summarized as follows:
1. According to the principle of responsible government, the government must enjoy the confidence of the House of Commons in order to govern legitimately. Our Constitution requires that the Prime Minister and the cabinet, not being elected directly by the people, enjoy the support of a majority of the elected members of Parliament.
2. In a minority situation, the Prime Minister cannot claim to have “won” a right to govern. At best, he or she can claim to have the right to try to sustain the confidence of the House. (The Tories are dead wrong when they argue otherwise).
3. When a minority government loses the confidence of the House, the Governor General is no longer bound by the advice of the Prime Minister. The Governor General must then exercise what is known as her “personal prerogatives”.
4. She may dissolve parliament and call for a new election or, if the elections have been held relatively recently (opinions range between 6 and 9 months), she may invite the leader of another party to attempt to form a government that would enjoy the confidence of the House of Commons.
5. When the Governor General exercises her personal prerogatives and decides whether or not to dissolve Parliament or call the opposition parties to form a new government, she must act in a judicial manner, with total impartiality.
6. “It is our opinion that in the event of a non-confidence vote or a request for dissolution of Parliament after only 13 sitting days of the House of Commons, the Governor General would be well-advised to call the leader of the opposition to attempt to form a government. This would be most appropriate in the circumstances where that leader has already gathered the assurance that he would enjoy the support of a majority of votes on any issue of confidence for the next year or so. The principle of democracy would be protected in so far as the new government would enjoy the support of a majority of the elected officials. This would ensure the stability of our political system.”
There you have it.
By the end of next week, Canadians could have a new government, a Liberal one, supported by the majority of the MPs in our duly elected parliament, lead by Michael Igatieff, in coalition with the NDP, and with the Bloc having agreed not to vote against it in any confidence motions for 18 months.
And then this new government can set about protecting Canadians from the ravages of the recession which has sent the world reeling.
And all this can be done in accordance with our democratic parliamentary conventions.
Note: What Obama did in the States we need to do here. Mobilization of forces needs to take place and joining up and getting involved is the first step. That’s why, today, I became a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.
…. everything has simply become to big… The government merely takes money from the citizens in the form of taxes and hands it back to them in the form of welfare, less the paying of politicians and bureaucrats.