Lack of scrutiny over Chinese trade deal extremely dangerous

Four days ago, I posted guest writer Mihael Willman’s article “Order-In-Council to impose one-sided China trade deal” regarding the soon-to-be-ratified Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement.  I was not at all pleased with what appears to be a deliberate avoidance of parliamentary scrutiny, and did a little research on the matter.

Historically, going back to the “Mother of Parliaments”, Orders-in-Council were intended to deal with emergency situations only, such as major disasters or outbreaks of war, with the government taking the necessary action and then going to Parliament for approval “after the fact”.

However, Pierre “shrug” Trudeau used scores if not hundreds of them to change Canadian society without reference to Parliament, which was a blatant abuse of process that should never have been allowed to happen by the three Governors-General between 1968 and 1984, Georges Vanier, Roland Michener, and Jules Leger.

President Obama is using “Executive Orders” in a similar manner, and among other things has set the scene for the U.S. to be divided into ten FEMA regions, with a system of governors to be appointed by him who will answer to the Secretary of Defence.  For a comprehensive report on this, see the link below.  Why President Obama would see fit to avoid debate while setting-up the machinery to administer a state of martial law is a good question, but that’s another story for another time. 

As the Governor-General has to approve Orders-In-Council, the best way to fight this is to request that the Governor-General not sign this or any other order which evades parliamentary scrutiny, or otherwise assists the government in holding back or blocking information from Parliament and from the Canadian people.

One of the Crown’s responsibilities is to prevent arbitrary use of power by the Prime Minister, and I believe that the GG has the power to dissolve parliament and order a general election independently of the wishes of the Prime Minister.  I believe that happened once, at the provincial level.  The GG also has ultimate control of the armed forces.

The exercise of such powers could have serious repercussions on the future of the Crown in Canada, but the restraining powers are there, and they can be used with every assurance of success if the public is supportive. 

At the present time, I believe that we can avoid such a potential crisis if the Governor-General were to have a quiet discussion with Prime Minister Harper on this matter.

Although I hesitate to suggest petitioning the Governor-General on a political issue, the fact remains that in my opinion, and I am sure that of many others, the powers of the Crown have been appropriated by the Prime Minister, and it won’t do any harm to remind the GG that he cannot ignore his obligations to represent the best interests of the people over those of the government.

The bottom line here is that although the Governor-General is technically appointed by the Queen, she will only do so on the advice of her Prime Minister.  And in case you are not aware of it, the present Governor-General, “His Excellency the Right Honourable” David Johnston, was appointed by the Queen on the advice of one Stephen Harper.

In my opinion, Harper’s plan to have such a potentially damaging agreement signed with a hostile foreign power without reference to Parliament and the Senate is a blatant and absolutely appalling conflict of interest, and for the powers of the Crown, which are supposed to be used to protect the people against unjust government, to be complicit through the signing of the necessary Order-In-Council, is little short of treasonous.

We have only until the end of this month to act.  And if we don’t succeed, there will be little point in closing the barn door if we have already surrendered large parts of our sovereignty and independence to a Communist dictatorship.

Take into account the following, which appeared in The Calgary Herald on July 1st, 2010:

“Canadian Security and Intelligence Service Director Richard Fadden rightly signalled that China is a major problem in the foreign-influence department. In Canada, Beijing spies (on us), bullies recalcitrant Canadian Chinese, funds “spontaneous” pro-Chinese demonstrations, and otherwise interferes in our democracy. It seduces politicians, public servants, academics, lawyers and other professionals with ego-boosting, expense-paid China tours and free – albeit wired – accommodation. All this, to buy access and influence. And there are indications that they’re getting it… it will be worth watching the future career paths of Canadian ministers, officials and lobbyists who secured exceptional approvals from Ottawa for recently-announced extraction deals with Beijing-backed companies.” (Emphasis added).

I wish I had known of this sooner, as to my mind we are now in very serious peril indeed and there is so little time to do anything about it.

Jeff Goodall.

The Vancouver Observer published an excellent article on this issue on October 17th.  It can be read here.

Read about President Obama and FEMA here.

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