PARTY ELITES VS PARTY GRASSROOTS #rootouttherot
The s3 Charter democratic right of party grassroots to elect their government representative trumps the dictatorship desires of party elites that are concerned that the grassroots are not intelligent enough to choose a government representative regardless of class or height or race or accent or age or any unfair reason. In the interests of transparency and accountability, s67(4c) Canada Elections Act must be amended to create a duty for party elites to provide a reason.
The minimum threshold for this petition to be tabled in Parliament is 500 votes; you can help present this question of morality by signing enclosed House of Commons petition. Any Canadian man, woman or child old enough to have an email address can sign and persuade friends across all provinces and territories, to send a clear message to leaders of ALL House of Commons political parties. SIGN PETITION HERE.
REASONS TO SIGN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS PETITION
1) Whether you are educated or illiterate, indigenous or white, black or brown, short or tall, young or old, blonde hair or red hair, poor or rich, we all have a democratic right to be represented in government. Parliament was never designed to be an elitist club of aristocrats. Whether an apartheid political party system is consistent with Canadian values, is a bipartisan question of morality, in every political party, we need a Canadian William Wilberforce who will dare to champion the Canadian value of equal opportunity to be elected to government.
2) There are about 17 million voters and about 1.5 million party members in Canada. It is true that in our animal farm political party system, all political party members are equal, but some political party members are more equal than others, this reality will not change, however creating the legislative right to receive a reason for unequal opportunities to be elected to government, would result in a fairer nomination system that is more transparent and accountable to the grassroots.
3) The ongoing Hamilton Police investigation of a political party nomination is irrefutable evidence that the status quo is not consistent with Canadian values of equal opportunities to be elected to government, all federal and provincial political must “root out the rot”, this will lead to fairer nominations that are consistent with Canadian values. Clearly, any member of parliament that cannot support such fundamental Canadian values, lacks the moral compass to remain in parliament.
The ongoing Hamilton Police investigation of a political party nomination is symptomatic of a national problem of party elites not trusting the judgment of party grassroots. The root causes include the lack of a mandatory legislative duty to “root out the rot”. A Party constitution can opt to appoint or elect candidates, but, once a party opts to elect candidates, the process must be transparent and accountable. Until we “root out the rot” at home, we are not qualified to help “root out the rot” abroad.
We all have an s3 Charter right to be represented in government, only political parties can form a government, therefore s67(4c) Canada Elections Act that permits a political party to discriminate based on class or height or race or accent or age etc. is unconstitutional. Every member, educated or illiterate, indigenous or white, black or brown, short or tall, young or old, blonde hair or red hair, poor or rich etc. has a natural right to equal opportunity to be elected as a candidate for a political party.
This is not a partisan issue, it is question of morality, that is why an NDP Member of Parliament agreed to sponsor the House of Commons petition of Conservative Party member Ade Olumide, that is also why the Green Party Leader met with Conservative Party member Ade Olumide and agreed to support the call for “with reasons” amendment to s67(4c) Canada Elections Act.
It is also why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will eventually agree to this petition to amend s67(4c) Canada Elections Act. In the end, all MPs will realize that this is a time in the history of a nation, where a decision to pass the morality test today, will continue to count years after this generation.
PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS Whereas:
- S. 67(4)(c) of the Canada Elections Act empowers individuals authorized by a political party to endorse (or withhold endorsement) of a prospective candidate without providing a reason;
- The UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states: “Every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity, without any of the distinctions .. without unreasonable restrictions: (a) To take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives (b) … to be elected…”;
- The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly” and “No one shall be subjected…to attacks upon his honour and reputation.”;
- S. 4 of the Quebec Charter states: “Every person has a right to the safeguard of his dignity, honour and reputation;
S. 91 of the Canada Elections Act states: “No person shall … knowingly make or publish any false statement of fact in relation to the personal character or conduct of a …prospective candidate.”;
- A duty to give reasons for endorsing or not endorsing a prospective candidate does not remove a party’s power to not endorse a prospective candidate, as per s. 67(4)(c) of the Canada Elections Act.
- We, the undersigned, electors of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to amend s. 67(4)(c) of the Canada Elections Act by adding at the end, after the word “party”, “with reasons for their endorsement of the candidate or prospective candidate or nomination contestant”.
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