Thornhill ON – Like many other “New Media” sites we take submissions from the public when we feel they offer some interest to the reader.
Today Mr. Robert Ede of Thornhill Ontario submitted the following.
– – Prescience or Preciousness – We’ll know tomorrow!
Rideau Hall, Ottawa.
March 26, 2011
All Canadians were stunned and then exuberant when informed by the former Prime Minister that the Governor General had rejected Mr Harper’s request for a dissolution of the House of Commons and that Canada had avoided an election almost-guaranteed to return another “Hung House” (aka Minority Government).
According to tradition, precedent and the Constitution Acts, the Governor General, in His Role as representative of the Crown in Right in Canada, His Excellency has called upon the Liberal Leader (Michael Ignatieff) to form a government.
The former government/cabinet was defeated on a contempt-of-Parliament motion of Mr Ignatieff’s yesterday in a Commons vote of 156-145. The Opposition Parties and independents solidarity on this ethical question shows that the House does demand Accountability and Transparency from the Stewards of the Crown’s assets, treasury and sovereignty.
A statement from the spokesperson for His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston hearkened back to the King-Byng refusal of dissolution in 1926 (where the main opposition party actually held more seats than the King government) and the 2008 dissolution by his predecessor as precedents.
The statement’s Press Release quotes the Governor General as saying “In hindsight Mr Harper should have been refused in 2008, he’d not been defeated … he’d given up” and that “The most probable outcome of a 2011 Spring election is another minority House of Commons, perhaps in a coalition and perhaps as a one party minority, with Bill by Bill consent of the House.
Given Mr Harper’s contempt censure by the House yesterday, and notwithstanding Mr Harper’s opinion that a dissolution is the ‘only option’ available to him … it is not the only option open to the Office of Governor General. We believe he need not be automatically given a dissolution and the assistance of the incumbency-advantage in a hastily called election.
“While Mr Harper has served us well during the gruelling financial and economic times since the early-renewal of his mandate in 2008, an election called despite Mr Harper’s self-imposed 4 year-fixed-term changes to the Elections Act in 2007, We have decided to save the money and give the “majority” in the House an opportunity to govern”.
“Mr Harper’s recommendation was refused based in an array of inputs and constitutional-valid choices derived from the institutional memory of the members-for-life of the non-current Privy Council who were canvassed overnight.”
“Canadians are invited to study ss. 38 & 50 specifically within the BNA/Constitution Act 1867, as amended (see full table below), and the Letters Patent of 1947 for individual confirmation of the Constitutionally-entrenched authority behid my Actions today in Her Royal Highness’ name today”.
Mr. Ede then supplied the following about himself so you our viewers would have a bit of understanding where he’s coming from.
In real life, Robert Charles Ede, 57,is a RE/MAX Realtor TM living Thornhill (sales representative with RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd in Toronto, first registered in 1974) and a inveterate letter to the editor writer. (Most recently published Hill Times Page 9 attached)
His zeal towards politics was ignited by the Charlottetown Referendum campaign when he formed a NO cmttee and thereafter joined the Libertarians to run Federally in 1993, provincially in 1995 and (after a pre-merger adventure on the executives of the 2 local Progressive Conservative Constituency Associations) ran as an independent in the 2006 London-North By-election in 2006 on his own “11 points to discuss… or we’ll never get anywhere” platform ( see blog link)
Ignored by the good people of London he retreated, licked his wounds and continues to write on the theme “If we’ve got a Constitution …. why don’t we follow it?“
A non-de-blog site “Sunset Sketches of a Little Country” was created in the character of Stephen(DOT)Leacock (a Rip van Winkled version of the Great Cdn short-storywriter and Political-Economics professor) attempting to point out “my how things have changed since my demise” and offering a second view (no one else seems to share) on the proper role of the Governor General re Prorogation and the 2008 Dissolution.
A Real Estate and Political blog “Nobody ever explained it to me like that” hold his views on Real Estate, economics, social policy etc often with a slant towards “the reality of most-everything-is-backwards to the commonly-held view“.
He’s done remarkable research (for a self-taught amateur with a high school education) on topics ranging from the HomoSex Civil Marriage Law to Multiple offers in a Hot Residential Real Estate Market to God & the Bible to a colour-coded, annotated Plain Language Version of the Canadian Constitution . Actually EVERYTHING with this guy somehow gets back to the constitution – he’s created a one-page 8 1/2 x 11 document outlining the evolution of Canadian governance from 1763 – pretty concise bathroom reading.(attached .xls)
He has a particularly large bee in his bonnet over the “usurpation of the Privy Council” by Wm L M King (the facts are the facts, he’s right on the as-writtende jure provisions and just has trouble convincing other people that the de facto situation is non-compliant with the law)
He enjoys writing from another person’s point of view and in addition to the revived-Leacock personna, has written a 2003 Proclamation from HRH the Queen (based on the format of the Quebec Act of 1774) and most recent a hypothetical press release from the Media Office of the Governor General on the future-news-possibility of the GG refusing the PM a Dissolution and asking the Opposition leader to form a government.
His perspective is to inform and edify, perhaps to provoke to anger the blithely-nescient and benignly-neglectful Canadian populace to take charge of their sovereignty, their governance systems, their lives and their future …. with as little dislocation and upset as possible.
In his non-real estate life he calls himself a “Forensic Acuitant” and explains (with a sly grin) that an acuitant has 4 degrees and a modicum …. a degree of intelligence, a degree of tolerance, a degree of humility, a degree of empathy AND a modicum of wit.
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