Friday, May 13, 2005

Letter to the Governor General

I have sent the following email to the Governor General:

I cite the following:
And this enables me to introduce my second authority on this subject, a distinguished Canadian scholar, the late Dr Eugene Forsey, who published in 1943 his classic text, The Royal Power of Dissolution of Parliament in the British Commonwealth. For many years out of print, it was reprinted in 1968. Professor George Winterton of the University of New South Wales in a publication by Legal Books, Sydney, in 1990 brought together the respective books of Evatt and Forsey in that single volume I have just mentioned and contributed his own Foreword. The book contains Evatt’s own Preface, a Foreword to the first edition of Evatt’s work by a then prominent socialist, Professor Harold Laski of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the respective Introductions to both editions by Professor K.H. (later Sir Kenneth) Bailey and Sir Zelman Cowen. As something of a bonus it also includes a special Introduction by Dr Forsey entitled "The Present Position of the Reserve Powers of the Crown". Until he wrote that Introduction, Dr Forsey, apart from contributing an Epilogue to Sir John Kerr’s memoirs, Matters for Judgment, had only published on one of the reserve powers, the power of dissolution.

Turning now to those enumerated reserve powers, it is as well to say at the outset that the power to dismiss Ministers, to which Cowen has given pride of place, has been exercised in Australia twice and in each case it has involved an ALP ministry.
Your Excellency, it is the opinion of this citizen, that you both possess the power, and bear the duty to dissolve this Parliament.

This citizen requests that Your Excellent proceeds to dissolve this Parliament under the Reserve Powers of the Crown. My reason is this: on this day, we shall commit to history, and establish as a precedent, the means by which democracy in Canada was upheld, and the potential of tyranny thwarted.

We have heard testimony under oath of electorial irregularities. We have heard testimony that lives have been threatened. We have had the defeat of the government on a motion, the intent of which was clearly to establish the confidence of the House in the government - yet the will of the people, as expressed in their House of Commons, has been, and continues to be defied.

Your Excellency, if these are not conditions which move you to guard our nation from a rogue government, injurious to its citizens, then what are?

This is a moment that will be recorded in history. I pray that this record reflects on your term as Governor General one in which democracy was defended, and the rule of law upheld in the land. Let no other politician in this land, from this day forward, show such disdain for our country, for his fellow citizens, and for our freedom.

via email

UPDATE: I have received a very polite reply from Rideau Hall. Publicly, may I say thank you to the GG and staff for taking the time to reply.

The essence of this reply is that Rideau Hall does not feel it is appropriate to speculate on what the GG will or will not do, and that am advised to feel free to take the matter up with the Prime Minister, and I was provided with his contact information.

Of course, I did not receive the answer I was looking for, but I did not expect to either.

Your Excellency, thank you for listening, and the courtesy of your prompt reply.