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Saturday, October 3, 2015

It turns out Queen Elizabeth knows more than Green Party leader Elizabeth May about how Canadian democracy works

...The Green party leader (and only MP) wrote to the Queen in August, alerting her to “a matter of grave importance to Canadians.” Democracy, she related, was in peril.
“The mechanisms Canada had in place to ensure free and fair democratic elections appear to be failing.
“Many Canadians are concerned that our democracy is endangered, due to election infractions in our most recent elections, the lack of investigation of infractions, the de-funding of investigative bodies, and unprecedented prorogations of Canada’s Parliament, which threaten to undermine the fundamental basis of democracy in Canada. I write to request that Your Majesty Commission a Royal Inquiry to investigate what may potentially be criminal activities which influenced Canada’s last election, and that the aim of the Royal Inquiry be to restore Canada to a free and fair democracy.”
Good golly. Normally, the Queen would want to get right on this, but she’s been a bit busy, and only got around to responding in March. Ms. May was good enough to post the reply for everyone to see. It’s kind of odd that she would do that, giving how evidently low on the priority list she stands with Buckingham Palace.
“Dear Miss May,
“The Queen has taken careful note of the concerns you express,”  writes Miss Jennie Vine, deputy to the senior correspondence officer.
“Perhaps I might explain, however, that this is not a matter in which the Queen would intervene. As a constitutional Sovereign, her Majesty acts through her personal representative, the Governor-General, on the advice of her Canadian ministers, and it is to them that your appeal should be directed.
“I have therefore been instructed to forward your letter to the Governor-General of Canada so that he may be aware of your approach to the Queen and may consider the points you raise.”
In other words, why are you wasting our time with trivial complaints about Canadian affairs? And you a party leader —  Does the Canadian education system provide no training whatsoever in the nature and operation of Parliamentary government?


1 comment:

Skippy Stalin said...

"Does the Canadian education system provide no training whatsoever in the nature and operation of Parliamentary government?"

Given some of the statements out of Conservatives over the last seven years, apparently not.

But these people are giving me the opportunity to spoil my ballot for the very first time.