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Hon. Sinclair Stevens, P.C. Progressive Canadian Party takes up Harper challenge for better Senate Reform PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2015 19:21
Hon. Sinclair Stevens, P.C.
Progressive Canadian Party takes up Harper challenge for better Senate Reform
 
For Immediate Release July 30, 2015:
Newmarket, Ontario - The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader of the Progressive Canadian (PC) party, took up Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s challenge to provinces and others to come up with better, constitutionally acceptable Senate reform proposals.
Mr. Harper has declared a moratorium on prime ministers’ nominations for Senate appointments by the Governor General of Canada until it is reformed. Prime ministers have been nominating candidates to the GG for some time. The practice has become a convention within the constitution. Some believe that the PM makes Senate appointments based on their qualifications. However, recent appointments appear to have been made for party and sectarian provincial interest.
“Progressive Conservatives understood that the Senate is a check on the prime minister and cabinet government and on excesses of electoral partisanship and provincial sectarianism, as intended at Confederation. We enshrined this understanding as Guiding Principles for Senate Reform at our National Policy Convention in 2000 and reaffirmed them at the PC Democratic Reform Convention in 2002.
Today’s PCs take this a step further.” Stevens said. “We propose that future nomination of senate candidates to the GG shall come from the non-partisan Queen’s Privy Council, instead of from the Prime Minister alone.”
The PC Party proposal fulfils the need for change able to meet the constitutional requirements for regional representation in an Upper Chamber. It is selected for knowledge and ability to serve as a revising chamber of government legislation, or “sober second thought”.
“As a member of the Queen’s Privy Council I am aware of the privilege and duty we have historically to advise the monarch through Her representative the Governor General of Canada. These are powers rarely used by the Queen’s Privy Council meeting in full assembly but exist within the constitution.”
Mr. Stevens noted that our problems today seem to centre on the partisanship of a prime minister who for the first time in Canadian history makes nominations only of people who “pledge” to pass his government’s legislation. Many recent appointments are clear patronage. This abandons the Senate’s duty to review and revise government legislation within the constitution. Mr. Harper has said he will only make appointments if the Senate is reformed to elect senators accountable to individual provinces. That would build firewalls around each province against Canada and the House of Commons instead of representing all Canadians equally by protecting minority interests.
“Progressive Canadians propose to reform Senate nominations within the constitution by allowing a quorum of the full Queen’s Privy Council to advise the GG on the basis of the personal excellence and knowledge of governance of the candidates.” Mr. Stevens concluded.

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NOTES: The Queen’s Privy Council consists of current and former prime ministers, cabinet ministers, Supreme Court Chief Justices, former speakers of the House of Commons and Senate, former governors general, invited current and former premiers and distinguished individuals, and members of the royal family.
: Mr. Harper has been cited in a federal court case filed by Vancouver lawyer Aniz Alani for failing to fulfil his duty in Senate appointment.  Twenty-two Senate seats are empty in July 2015, some since 2012.  Mr. Alani has expressed willingness to defer to a Supreme Court reference if called on the issue.  In a previous 2013 Supreme Court reference the Harper government proposals for Senate reform were found to be unconstitutional. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/refer-senate-appointment-moratorium-to-supreme-court-lawyer-urges-harper-1.3169025

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 10:06
 
PC Party: Senate and Governor General must refuse to sign Bill C-51! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 15:45

 

PC Party: Senate and Governor General must refuse to sign Bill C-51

For Immediate Release May 27, 2015

Newmarket, Ont.
- A legal analysis by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has moved the Harper Government's anti-terrorism Bill C-51 onto the world stage.

The view of Canadians that Bill  C-51 is extreme, threatens privacy rights, individual freedoms and freedom of expression under the Charter is supported internationally. The media outlet Thinkpol reports that the OSCE has concluded:

"The Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism bill violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Canada has ratified, according to legal analysis by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization."

Though passed in the House of Commons, both the Senate and the Governor General have the power to save Canadians from this dictatorial legislation through performing their proper legislative roles as drawn to their attention more than two months ago by the P.C. Party through "An Open Letter Sent to Both the Governor General and the  Speaker of the Senate"

Two months ago the PC Party called upon the Speaker of the Senate and the Governor General of Canada to act to protect Canadians against abuse of power by the Harper government threatening Canadian values and freedoms under the pretence of national security. Progressive Canadians believe the Governor General and Senate must refuse to pass Bill C-51 into law to protect Canadian values and Canada's international reputation.

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An Open Letter Sent to Both the Governor General and the  Speaker of the Senate

 
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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The Hon. Sinclair Stevens,
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:32
 
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
 
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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For more information contact:
The Hon. Sinclair Stevens,
Leader, PC Party
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1-800-666-3821
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 09:31
 
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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