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An Open Letter Sent to Both the Governor General and the Speaker of the Senate Regarding Bill C-51 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 March 2015 07:48


An Open Letter Sent to Both the Governor General and the Speaker of the Senate Regarding Bill C-51
 
For Immediate Release March 20, 2015
 
Newmarket, Ont. - The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Progressive Canadian Party leader stated in letters sent to Governor General David Johnston and Speaker of the Senate Claude Nolin reasons why they ought to reject agreeing to the passage of Bill C-51, Anti-terrorism Act, 2015.

Seemingly oblivious to Articles 39 and 40, undoubtedly the most famous of Magna Carta’s clauses, (as translated from the original Latin) : http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/articles/magna-carta-english-translation#sthash.lrO30tP4.dpuf

(39) No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.

(40) To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay, right or justice.

The authors of Bill C-51 are proposing pre-emptive arrest and seeking to create or modify “ … the law of the land.” to facilitate pre-emptive arrest. Moreover, the current majority government is forcing the Bill through the House by limiting the time for Parliament and its committees to fully debate the proposed law and ignoring requests to provide oversight.

Should the Bill be passed by the Harper Government majority in the House of Commons both Speaker and Governor General have been beseeched to reject it outright. The Senate through performing its proper role as ‘Chamber of sober second thought’, the Governor General for the preservation of the freedoms granted to us 800 years ago by a predecessor of She whom he represents.

It is further suggested that when passing Bill-C51 back to the House a complete copy of the Magna Carta be included without further comment on the reason(s) for its rejection.

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Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 09:31
 
PC Party applauds Friends of Canadian Broadcasting: Identifies political threat to Arts & Crown Corp. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:31

PC Party applauds Friends of Canadian Broadcasting:
Identifies political threat to Arts & Crown Corp.

 

For Immediate Release February 25, 2015
 
Newmarket, Ont. - The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Progressive Canadian Party leader, today restated the PC Party's long-standing commitment to the Arts in Canada and to the CBC.  "In 1932 the Conservative Party, later the Progressive Conservative Party and our predecessor, laid the foundation of the CBC to give Canadians the means of self-expression in a sea of American broadcasting. The importance of this role continues today", he said, "But the CBC is under attack".
 
The PC Party applauds Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, the organization fighting to save the CBC from de-funding by the Harper Conservatives since that party's founding in 2003. "The PC Party and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting are ˜fighting the good fight" to protect Canadian arts and culture and the CBC from the CPC and Stephen Harper" Mr. Stevens said.
 
In the 2006 and 2008 federal elections the PC Party called for all parties to endorse the Canadian actor's union, ACTRA, appeal for commitment to secure public CBC and arts funding and thus to ensure the means to express a Canadian voice and culture; Stephen Harper's CPC alone declined.
  
Friends have voiced alarm at the hostility Mr. Harper expresses toward the CBC, even going so far in a recent interview as to claim Radio-Canada employees "detest conservative values".
 
When Prime Minister Harper was a Reform Party MP, his party called for CBC privatization. Twice defeated Reform Party candidate, now Senator Stephen Greene appointed by Stephen Harper, suggested in a question to former Radio-Canada director Alain Saulnier January 28, 2015 during a public hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications that the  CBC's mandate might be better served by shifting CBC funding to content providers under contract to private networks. 

In February 2015 C2C Journal, advised by Reform's first leader Preston Manning, published a Q&A on "How and why to Save the CBC" with frequent CBC critic Rogers senior v-p for public policy Kenneth Whyte (formerly of Alberta Report), whose network acquired CBC's flagship and CBC revenue provider Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC), expanding on Senator Greene's theme of outsourcing CBC's mandate, changing the mandate and political hostility to culture of the arm's length Crown Corporation.
 
Progressive Canadian candidates such as Brian Marlatt in BC have warned against Harper's "slash and burn approach to culture and to the means of sharing it," including the CBC (2008 Marlatt, PC Party campaign).  Equally important is the role of the CBC as an alternative to profit motivated broadcasters of news, and producers of art, and culture who fail to invest in core arts infrastructure.
 
"It is something the private sector is often unwilling to do or target for investment; it's easier and cheaper to buy off-the-rack than to tailor your product for a Canadian audience," Marlatt said in 2008, "so it is up to the public sector to build and support the infrastructure of the Arts, including film which is of such great importance to our economy here in BC."
 
Sinclair Stevens reinforced this message, urging Canadians to support the Progressive Canadian campaign in 2015 as PC candidates, volunteers and with their dollars and to join with us in supporting Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 16:15
 
Fair Elections Act to be challenged in Courts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:21


"Fair Elections Act to be challenged in Courts"
 
For Immediate Release April 17, 2014
 
Newmarket, Ontario – The Honourable Sinclair M. Stevens, Leader of the Progressive Canadian Party, said today, "It is the view of the Progressive Canadian Party that Bill C-23, entitled the Fair Elections Act by the Harper government, will betray basic principles of democracy in Canada even if substantially amended.  Bill C-23 will deny the right to vote to large numbers of Canadians and as such must be challenged in the courts as unconstitutional."
 
Further, Bill C-23 undermines the role of Elections Canada as guardian of the integrity of the electoral system and would deny the responsibility of Elections Canada to promote democratic participation by Canadians.
 
"For these reasons and in ways indicated by scholars of Canadian constitutional law and political science published in the national media, Progressive Canadians believe the Fair Elections Act must be rejected as  unfair, undemocratic, and deserving of constitutional challenge even in light of amendments which are being recommended by members of the House of Commons and in Senate committee.  Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act, is deeply flawed in fundamental ways and for its apparent intent."
 
Mr. Stevens continued, "The Elections Act ranks in importance with the Constitution, which cannot be altered by the Government-of-the-Day at its sole discretion."
 
"It is the intention of the Progressive Canadian Party to begin a constitutional challenge of Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act, in federal court and in the Supreme Court of Canada should the act become law."
 
Bill C-23 was the creation of the Harper Government without consultation with Elections Canada officials, other political parties or Canadian citizens through public hearings. These facts were given further significance when it was learned that the author of a study cited by the Minister of Democratic Reform as supporting the Bill stated that in his view the government should either substantially amend or withdraw the act.
 
It is the position of the Progressive Canadian Party that whatever is passed into law the "Fair Elections Act" will be the work of the Government of Canada in inception and in passage alone and, in present or amended form, would undermine democracy in Canada.  As such it is unacceptable and must be challenged in the Courts.
 

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An Open Letter to the Governor General Regarding the Fair Elections Act PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:32

An Open Letter to the Governor General Regarding the Fair Elections Act

For Immediate Release May 29, 2014

Newmarket, Ontario - Progressive Canadian Party Leader, the Hon. Sinclair Stevens today released the text of an Open Letter to the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Rt. Hon.David Johnston, urging the Queen’s representative in Canada not to give Royal Assent to Bill C-23, referenced as the "Fair Elections Act.” The Open Letter was issued May 27, 2014.

Citing recent Commonwealth precedent where Governors General in Australia and New Zealand have acted or been called to define the duties of their office to protect the democratic rights of citizens to hold governments accountable, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Para. 3), the historical origins of these duties in the Queen’s Oath, and recent events in Canada concerning the present government Mr. Stevens in his letter stated that Bill C-23 is a challenge to democracy in Canada in at least two specific ways.

First, the Act as proposed, if given Royal Assent, appears to threaten to disenfranchise certain identifiable groups within Canadian society despite amendments approved only by government members in the House of Commons.

Second, the Act as proposed, if given Royal Assent, will remove the duty to enforce compliance with the Canada Elections Act in the matter of political donations and funding from an officer of Parliament answering to Parliament, the Commissioner of Elections, to instead answer to the governing party through the Attorney General. 

The reserve powers of the Governor General include the right 1.) To appoint a prime minister, 2.) To dismiss a prime minister, 3.) To dissolve Parliament, 4.) To force a dissolution of Parliament, and 5.) To refuse assent to legislation.

Consideration in depth has been presented to the Governor General in the accompanying OPEN LETTER. ending with this recommendation of the Progressive Canadian Party to His Excellency:

"Accordingly, it is strongly recommended that, instead of routinely signing Royal Assent, Your Excellency should discuss Bill C-23 in detail with Her Majesty and if there is any question to you simply refusing to approve the Bill, give consideration to referring it to the Supreme Court of Canada to judge its constitutionality.”

The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader
The Progressive Canadian Party
Newmarket, Ontario
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Progressive Canadians Argue Bill C-23 Should Not Apply in Next Election PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:53


"Progressive Canadians Argue Bill C-23 Should Not Apply in Next General Election."

For Immediate Release February 18, 2014

Newmarket, Ontario -
It is totally wrong for the Harper Government to use closure to speed through their proposed amendments to the Canada Elections Act that are favourable to the Conservative ruling party.
 
The Harper Government has a majority of the Members of the House of Commons, yet they had less than 25% of eligible voter support in the 2011 General Election
 
To make matters worse, they have chosen to ram Bill C-23 through the House of Commons when the media and the general public are distracted by the government introduction of the 2014 Budget and the Olympic Games.
 
They have drafted the proposed changes to the Canada Elections Act without consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer or any of his staff. They have not consulted with the general public and refuse to do so.
 
In the attached article Richard Cleroux in the Law Times, February 10, 2014, edition, masterfully elaborates on the partisan reasons the Harper Government is taking powers from Elections Canada.
 
Powers that when exercised have led to admission of wrongdoing by members of Mr. Harper's Conservative Party those now seeking to control them, officials of the governing Conservative party
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper intends to use his long sought majority in the Commons, in Committee and in the Senate to ensure that Bill C-23 will become law. The ability of the Chief Electoral Officer and of Elections Canada to identify and prosecute wrongdoing will be removed and thousands of Canadian citizens will be disenfranchised.
 
Disenfranchisement of voters by changing the rules for voter identification at the polls in ways which disadvantage or may target identifiable demographic groups, possibly in partisan ways, has been described as voter suppression in the United States.  The poor, the elderly, students, the more or less mobile, and specific ethnicities are said to be targeted in American experience. Canadians have been warned against the danger of electoral reform of this kind by American observers of Canadian affairs.  For these reasons, it may be wondered if Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act, might be better called the Voter Suppression Act if these concerns are true.
 
The National Media, is requested to consider, and unswervingly press, for that which alone provides fairness into the next Federal General Election.
 
The election of the next Parliament should be conducted under existing Elections of Canada law, rather than those changes being forced through Bill C-23 by the Harper Government.


Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader
The Progressive Canadian Party
Newmarket, Ontario
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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 21:45
 
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