posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 08:33 PM
, a Canadian advocacy group that has as it's main goal to clean up Government in Canada, has gotten
it's case against the Harper Government into Federal Court.
There claim is that Prime Minister Harper broke his own Election Law by dissolving Parliament last September to call a fall election. It gets kinda of
fuzzy here because the Law doesn't clearly state that only a non-confidence vote in Parliament can trigger an election. It did how ever, state that
the next Federal General Election wouldn't be till October 2009.
The Law itself only got through parliament because of assurances by the Conservatives that they would uphold the spirit of the Law and not call a snap
Duff Conacher, the head of Democracy Watch, is also challenging the Election call last fall on a Charter Of rights and Freedoms basis. His position is
that it violates section 3 of the Charter, which guarantees the right to fair elections.
This quote is from Rob Nicholson, who is currently Canada's Attorney general and was at the time Minister for Democratic Reform.
What we have is a situation where the prime minister is able to choose the date of the election, not based necessarily on the best interests of
the country but on the best interests of his or her political party. I believe Bill C-16 would address those concerns. . . . "Instead of the Prime
Minister and a small group of advisers being the only ones who know when the country will move into the next general election, when this bill is
passed, all Canadians will have that knowledge, which makes it fair. . . . This Prime Minister will live by the law and spirit of this particular
piece of legislation. He and this government are driving this democratic reform.
It is going to be an interesting case to watch. I've personally been following it since DW tried to halt the election last fall with it's original
motion. I've heard Conacher speak on several occasions and believe he has nothing but the best interests of all Canadians at heart.
The only part I have a problem with is this...
If Democracy Watch wins, Conacher said his group will consider a class-action effort to recoup the $350 million taxpayers spent on the last
That I don't agree with. It'll be the taxpayers ending up paying again if the class action suit goes forward and they win. The 350 million won't be
coming out of Harpers pocket.
Quotes taken from here
All the information about the case, including the affidavits, can be found at the first link above.
[edit on 8-9-2009 by GAOTU789]