jeudi 7 février 2013

Official request, to Her Majesty The Queen, for the removal of Stephen Joseph Harper from the Office of Prime Minister of Canada for abuse of power and treason


Montreal, January 31st 2013.


Her Majesty The Queen
Buckingham Palace
London,UK SW1A 1AA



Subject: Official request, to Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, for the removal of Stephen Joseph Harper from the Office of Prime Minister of Canada for abuse of power and treason.

Your Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,


I’m addressing to Your Majesty again because Canada is now officially out of order. Stephen Harper has to be removed from the Office of Prime Minister of Canada for repeated abuse of power and treason. These may sound like big words, well Your Majesty, it is what's happening right now, Canada is being attacked from the inside!

I wrote to the Governor General as Your Majesty suggested to me in the May 1st letter. I included all the correspondence with Your Majesty as well. The answer I received from the Governor General's Office referred me to their website. What an insult at this point in the process. I took for account that Your Majesty had already sent my request to the Governor General's Office for further analysis. In the letter, the secretary wrote “Letters that are sent to The Queen that deal with Canadian issues are traditionally forwarded to the governor general for reply.” If this is the case Your Majesty, how is it that I did not receive a reply from his part back then? Couldn’t he have answered something like “I will look into it,” at least? Doesn't Your Majesty’s representative have an official role in Canada? As a Canadian, I would expect a more active involvement on the Governor General’s part. Just this January, his salary nearly doubled passing from $137 500. to $270 602. per year in a time of economic crisis, while jobs are being cut in the public sector and Canada has reached the biggest deficit in its history.


Thinking I might have misunderstood the Governor General’s role in Canada, I researched it and found the official description in:
The Canada Gazette of October 1st 1947: (I enclosed a copy for Your Majesty)

Letters Patent Constituting the Office of Governor General and Commander•in•Chief of Canada
Effective October 1, 1947
Office of Governor General and Commander•in•Chief Constituted
I. We do hereby constitute, order, and declare that there shall be a Governor General and Com-mander-in-Chief in and over Canada, and appoint-ments to the office of Governor General and Commander-in-Chief  in and over Canada shall be made by Commission under Our Great Seal of Canada.
His Powers and Authorities
II. And We do hereby authorize and empower Our Governor General, with the advice of Our Privy Council for Canada or of any members thereof or individually, as the case requires, to exercise all powers and authorities lawfully belonging to Us in respect of Canada, and for greater certainty but not so as to restrict the generality of the foregoing to do and execute, in the manner aforesaid, all things that may belong to his office and to the trust We have reposed in him according to the several powers and authorities granted or appointed him by virtue of The British North America Acts, 1807 to 1946 and the powers and authorities hereinafter conferred in these Letters Patent and in such Commission as may be issued to him under Our Great Seal of Canada and under such laws as are or may hereinafter be in force in Canada.
Great Seal
III. And We do hereby authorize and empower Our Governor General to keep and use Our Great Seal of Canada for sealing all things whatsoever that may be passed under Our Great Seal of Canada.
Appointment of Judges, Justices, etc.
IV. And We do further authorize and empower Our Governor General to constitute and appoint, in Our name and on Our behalf, all such Judges, Commissioners, Justices of the Peace, and other necessary Officers (including diplomatic and consular officers) and Ministers of Canada, as may be lawfully constituted or appointed by Us
Suspension or Removal from Office

    IV. And We do further authorize and empower Our Governor General, so far as We lawfully may, upon sufficient cause to him appearing, to remove from his office, or to suspend from the exercise of the same, any person exercising any office within Canada, under or by virtue of any Commission or Warrant granted, or which may be granted, by Us in Our name or under Our authority.”

    On the Governor General's website his role appears to have been resumed and modified:

    “The Letters Patent Constituting the Office of the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada (1947) authorize the governor general of Canada to exercise powers and responsibilities belonging to the Sovereign, with the advice of members of the Privy Council. The governor general is non-partisan and apolitical.”

    I noticed this last phrase concerning, “non-partisan and apolitical” it does not appear on the official text I joined. Your representative has the power and the duty to intercede just adding all the violations perpetrated by the Harper government since 2006. Instead, the Governor General hides behind a non-partisan and apolitical fake clause which does not make sense just seeing his job description above. The last time the Governor General affirmed it, he was being photographed with an Official from the Republic of Benin. For someone who ascertains being apolitical, it is incoherent. The way the Governor General got this position too is in complete contradiction with non-partisanship. If the Governor General has such a passive role then why would he need such a big staff?

    Right after the Contempt of Parliament by Stephen Harper, during the 2011 election, the “Robocall scandal occurred. Fraudulent phone calls were made in 234 out of 308 ridings which originated from one of Stephen Harper's election team’s office. It led to voter suppression.  Thousands of people were deprived of their fundamental right to Democracy.  If this is the way to go in Canada, then I'm ashamed to be Canadian now.  The population required a Royal Commission to investigate this offend by the Harper government.  It has been said in the “Charbonneau Commission on corruption, that the Conservative party of Stephen Harper has received money from the organized crime.  Now his party wants to stop public financing of elections and go back to corporate election funding?

    In the Letters Patent, among the Governor General’s duties is the approval and signature of bills.  Here again, how could he approve bills and say he is apolitical?  The Governor General has to know about what he is signing on Your Majesty’s behalf, meaning he has to follow political debates.  Most recent examples would be, omnibus bills C38 and C45.  Both bills were supposed to be budget bills.  In fact, within the past year, Senators passed the two biggest omnibus bills ever presented to the Senate.

    Those omnibus bills should have been divided into pieces, allowing discussion, debate and possible amendments in the House of Commons, in the best interest of Canadians and future generations since they involved deregulations in multiple Canadian Acts.  Instead, the Governor General gave Your Majesty’s Great Seal’s approval to not only one but two of those abusive, short term oriented, irresponsible omnibus bills imposed by Stephen Harper’s fake majority in the House of Commons. Maybe Your Majesty’s representative really does not follow politics in Canada?  If he did, he would have known about the despondency of the Canadian population and he would have sent those bills back to the House of Commons for review.  To pass such a bill without any amendment is a slap in the face to all Canadians.  I would suggest Your Majesty remove the Great Seal from those two omnibus bills and have them broken into multiple distinct bills.  These bills affect over 90 laws that deal with the environment, the protection of our land, the fisheries and the waterways, the old age pension plan, the employment insurance, the food inspection, First Nations treaties, etc. The Stephen Harper deluded Canadians having two omnibus bills passed without allowing enough time for a meaningful debate.  Now he is preparing yet an other omnibus bill for this year called C48.  If these aren’t all signs of abuse of power by Stephen Harper, I do not know what could be Your Majesty?

    In the letter from the Governor General, the secretary also referred me to the Privy Council’s General Enquiries.  I researched the website of the Privy Council of Your Majesty to really understand the actual Canadian Constitution.  I could not believe my findings. “The Privy Council Office (PCO) is the hub of non-partisan, public service support to the Prime Minister and Cabinet and its decision-making structures.
    (…)
    Led by the Clerk of the Privy Council, the PCO helps the Government implement its vision and respond effectively and quickly to issues facing the government and the country.
    (…)
    The prime minister has complete discretion in the appointment of the Clerk, though appointees usually have significant and senior experience in the public service. Democratic accountability, non-partisanship, and national security are the areas where PCO intervenes.”

     

It mentions “non-partisan public service support to the Prime Minister,” non-partisan does not apply here since it is Stephen Harper who appointed the Clerk of the Privy Council Office.  Evidently our system still opens the door to partisan nominations and conflict of interest.  It shows again how our rules could be bent to their extreme limits by Stephen Harper’s ideology.  Since 2006, every nomination for key positions in the government was partisanry based when neutrality should have been the primary criteria.

Pursuing my research, I stumbled upon the 2006 reportRestoring Accountability – Recommendations by the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities,” better known as the “Gomery Commission,” which did an analysis of the federal government and the state of Canadian Democracy.  This exercise cost Canadian taxpayers over 75 million dollars.

Among other things, the Commission’s report criticized the operation of the modern Privy Council Office and Clerk.  It described how there was too much interlacing between the Privy Council Office and the Prime Minister’s Office where the non-partisanship “had become significantly undercut.”  This report is seven years old now.  As of today, the Harper government had not instituted any of the Commission’s recommendations.  Do Your Majesty seriously think that Stephen Harper’s authoritarianism would let implement such recommendations?  What do Your Majesty intend to do about these recommendations knowing that your counselling for Canada is fully partisan oriented which means biased?  

(I enclosed a copy of the recommendations for Your Majesty)

In Canada's governmental system, it clearly shows that there are three different independent branches which are: Your Majesty's interests, the House of Commons and the Senate.  Each being the other one's watchdog for the good functioning of our Democracy. I found a kind of a constitutional infringement in a statement taken from the Governor General's website:

The Canadian Constitution Act (1867) places executive power in the Queen. However, in practice this power is exercised by the prime minister and his ministers. The governor general acts on the advice of the prime minister and the government, but has the right to advise, to encourage and to warn. As such, the governor general can offer valued counsel to the head of Government.”
 

It confirms that Your Majesty holds the executive power in Canada. Then it mentions that in practice, this power is exercised by the Prime Minister and his Ministers.  What?  This is outrageous!  It overthrows our constitution’s protection from abuse of power.  It means that Your Majesty leave your side of the executive power entirely into the Prime Minister’s hands?  Then your Governor General is named and advised by the Prime Minister?  How is this apolitical and non-partisan Your Majesty?  Also, how do Your Majesty expect the Governor General to be advised by Stephen Harper then turn around to “advise, encourage and warn” him with an objective view?  Do Your Majesty seriously think The Governor General is going to say no to Stephen Harper whom offered him such a prestigious position?  No, because the Governor General knows he would lose his job over it.

And as I have already mentioned in a previous letter to Your Majesty (December 2011), to avoid such partisanship, the Governor General should be appointed by an independent committee and so should the Senate Members among which, too many recent nominations don't seem to have Canadians' best interests in mind but rather Stephen Harper's objectives. The Senate, being one of the three ruling entities of Canada’s democratical system, it is supposed to be independent from the House of Commons and non-partisan since it is a watchdog in the government overlooking the laws in order to protect Canada's Democracy.  Can Your Majesty explain to me the reason why Senators each have a link to the political party's website which put them in place?  Non-partisanship and Canadian’s interests are supposed to guide Senators duty.

To address the transparency issue, a Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) was named to independently scrutinize the budget for the Parliament on the state of the nation's finances.  We understand here Your Majesty the importance to have such a watchdog over Canadians’ money.  Among his functions, the Parliamentary Budget Officer estimates the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.  When he asked for additional information in order to do his work properly, he was refused access to the data and then publicly attacked in the House of Commons by the Harper government for “overstepping his mandate.”  What?  It is the main reason for his job to have been created in the first place.  The Parliamentary Budget Officer had to address his demand to Courts in order to get access to information.  We understand here that the Harper government works against the best interest of Canadians.  If he wanted to be transparent and accountable to Canadian taxpayers, Stephen Harper would have no problem showing his supposably great work in economy.  The Harper government violates its own accountability and transparency Act.

The Harper government’s spending restraint program has been focusing on front line services, while back office spending continued to rise.  Despite Stephen Harper’s promises, spending cuts haven’t saved any money at all.  That’s exactly the opposite promised by the Treasury Board President, who said last year that the majority of the spending cuts would target administrative and support costs and wouldn’t affect service to the public.  This government plays with numbers and hides facts from Canadians about its inefficiency. The Auditor General reported that Stephen Harper’s government approved billions in spending without knowing long-term consequences.  Where are the sanctions for such incompetence?

Without any consultation or debate, Stephen Harper cancelled our commitment to the international community by unilaterally withdrawing Canada from the “Kyoto Protocol,” this great international project originating in Montreal which put Canada as an Environmental World Leader at the time, a part of Canadians’ pride.  Now, scientists are being muzzled.  None of their research hits the public without the Harper government's permission which means about never.  Taxpayers are obliged to pay for those researchers but not allowed access to their results.  This is complete control of information by Stephen Harper, as never before seen in Canada.

Stephen Harper does not stand up to his title of Prime Minister, which is supposed to support every level of government.  He did not even bother attending Provincial Premiers' meetings even though the Provincial Premiers requested for it.  First Nations' people have to go on a hunger strike in order to meet with Stephen Harper concerning treaties being violated by his government?  Recently in New-York, Stephen Harper chose to go receive a bogus trophy instead of showing up at the United Nations’ meeting we sent him to.  As a Canadian, it is very deceiving to realize that our democracy is being mistreated by its representatives supposed to defend it.  Stephen Harper is blinded by power.

There are many examples of people who lost their position for opposing Stephen Harper’s policies.  One of them is a Senior Justice department lawyer who had been trying to convince his bosses that they were breaking the law by inadequately evaluating whether proposed bills violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  When he realized that no one would do anything about it, he had to sue the Harper government resulting in a suspension without pay for this honest public servant.  Imagine that non-sense Your Majesty?  Even the public servants have to use the tribunals to defend our Charter of Rights and Freedoms against Stephen Harper's disloyal policies.  Court fees have to be paid by Canadians to defend themselves from their own Prime Minister’s abuses of power.  The Opposition had to table a motion to improve civility in the House of Commons since the Harper government turns every opposition around with personal attacks. 

The Harper government favours corporate greed over environmental protection, sustainable development and Canadians' interests.  It was clearly shown in a letter obtained through Access to Information Act which revealed the oil and gas industry was granted its request from the Federal government to change a series of environmental laws to advance “both economic growth and environmental performance.” The letter was addressed to Environment Minister and Natural Resources Minister. It came from a group called the Energy Framework Initiative (EFI), which is made up of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (now the Canadian Fuels Association) and the Canadian Gas Association. (I enclosed a copy of the letter for Your Majesty) The purpose of our letter is to express our shared views on the near-term opportunities before the government to address regulatory reform for major energy industries in Canada,” wrote the EFI.  The letter specifically mentions six Acts that relate to the oil and gas industry's ability to do its work:

  • National Energy Board Act.
  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
  • Navigable Waters Protection Act.
  • Fisheries Act.
  • Species at Risk Act.
  • Migratory Birds Convention Act.

Within ten months of the request, the Harper government introduced laws responding to the oil and gas industry’s demands.  A government that does not work for its citizens but rather for an industry does not deserve to stay in place and should be removed from Office accordingly with the Canadian Constitution.  It is also an infraction to the Oat public servants must sign to protect the interest of Canadians and Canada.  Since the Harper governement is in place, it is cronyism at its best which manipulates Canada's Democracy and laws.  It sounds like treachery toward Canadians.

In September 2009, Stephen Harper promised to end subsidies to oil companies and in 2013, billions of taxpayers dollars later, subsidies are still in fashion at a time when the rest of the world is thinking about renewable clean energies, about shuting down dangerous nuclear plants and methods to stop relying on dirty unsustainable fossil industries.  Let me remind Your Majesty here that those fossil ressources based companies have been paid for by Canadian taxpayers’ dollars to have the present product developed.  Now that the ressources are profitable, they get privatized and sold to foreign investors?  Do Your Majesty understand that your Crown land's ressources are being savagely raped?  There is also a pipeline project.  The pipelines keep on having leaks and are contaminating Canadian soils.  Public Hearings on new pipeline projects prevented public from being heard.  Even a Member of Parliament was refused access to this democratic process.  When you suppress the right to speak from the people, you clearly have lost the authority to govern.

The omnibus bill lowered standards for foreign workers’s wage so that corporations could underpay them. This is an open door to human rights violations in Canada normally known for promoting equality. Do Your Majesty think this is an acceptable standard for Canada?

It was shown that during the G8/G20 summits, a secret law was used to justify mass suspensions of civil liberties of citizens by prohibiting them from demonstrating their dissatisfaction to World Leaders for their abuses.  It is legitimate to express dissent without being beaten or restrained by police forces.  Stephen Harper made decisions behind closed doors again.  But according to one of his past declaration, “it is anti-democratic” to do so.  With Stephen Harper, it comes down to: Do as I say and, don't question what I do.

As I previously wrote to Your Majesty, an other secret deal was made with United States which opened Canadian security files to the American government. “Canada-Us border deal,” a basket of 29 agreements.  Then a secretive “Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act” (FIPPA) was signed by Stephen Harper in Russia.  This is about to sell Canada to China through a deal that strips Canada's autonomy.  It is a slap in the face to future generations who will be tied to China.  Then, they will need fifteen years notice to change anything in this bad transaction, it is socially unacceptable.  The Harper government called the Opposition Leader an extremist just because he dared opposing this Chinese deal bad for all Canadians. Although, many with extensive knowledge in international trade have expressed the opinion that the proposed deal favours China in almost every aspect of the agreement and that Canada has agreed to terms that have been rejected by other major economies in dealing with China.  Imagine!  Canada, Your Majesty’s Crown land, ruled by Chinese interests?  What kind of Canada do Your Majesty want to be Head of State to?  It shows that Stephen Harper is being corrupted by power favoring foreign corporations over Canadians’ protection?  I would define it as a treacherous act to Canada’s integrity.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), warned Canadians that China was controlling some Canadian politians.  We have been warned by our secret sevices on national television to watch out because of profound national danger?  That very important principles of the rule of law and governance might have been compromised?  Seems like treason, prejudicial to the safety and defense of Canadians.

Now there is the “Canada-European Union trade deal” which is so secret that even the Provincial governments are kept in the dark about its content and effects.  All of these international deals are being signed while within Canada’s territory, commercial barriers still exist between Canadian Provinces.  Personally, I would prefer to buy Canadian products first but governments’ laws keep me from the other provinces’ goods and services.  At a time of globalization, it’s a big failure in terms of having vision for the country’s growth and unification.

Right now, it does not make any sense the power conferred to the Prime Minister in Canada.  Stephen Harper appointed the Governor General, then a majority of Senators which he later used to promote his undemocratic bills.  He appointed the Clerk of the Privy Council and in addition, he ultimately runs Your Majesty’s Privy Council for Canada.  It leaves Canadians without any protection from the tyranny of Stephen Harper's domineering ego who thinks he is the CEO of Canada inc.  I ask Your Majesty, what else is needed in order to have you impose your authority?  Because it is clear that the situation in Canada is very alarming.  In Canada, treason is a federal offense.


In the dictionary, treason is described as: ”a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.”
Canada's Criminal Code, section 46:

Offences against Public Order

Treason and other Offences against the Queen’s Authority and Person

Marginal note: High treason

46.(1) Every one commits high treason who, in Canada,

(a) kills or attempts to kill Her Majesty, or does her any bodily harm tending to death or
destruction, maims or wounds her, or imprisons or restrains her;

(b) levies war against Canada or does any act preparatory thereto; or

(c) assists an enemy at war with Canada, or any armed forces against whom Canadian
Forces are engaged in hostilities, whether or not a state of war exists between Canada and
the country whose forces they are.
Marginal note: Treason

(2) Every one commits treason who, in Canada,

(a) uses force or violence for the purpose of overthrowing the government of Canada or a 
province;
(b) without lawful authority, communicates or makes available to an agent of a state
other than Canada, military or scientific information or any sketch, plan, model, article, 
note or document of a military or scientific character that he knows or ought to know 
may be used by that state for a purpose prejudicial to the safety or defence of Canada;
(c) conspires with any person to commit high treason or to do anything mentioned in paragraph (a);
(d) forms an intention to do anything that is high treason or that is mentioned in paragraph (a) and manifests that intention by an overt act; or

(e) conspires with any person to do anything mentioned in paragraph (b) or forms an intention to do anything mentioned in paragraph (b) and manifests that intention by an overt act.”

Secret deals made behind closed doors instead of being openly discussed and debated like the Canadian Democracy always did since its foundation. This opaque way of functioning by the Harper government is anti-democratic, anticonstitutional, a huge disrespect for Canada’s Institutions. Stephen Harper says something and does the opposite unilaterally without any discussion. Dictatorship works this way, but this is Canada we are talking about, a great Democracy. There are so many violations to Canadian ethics and Democracy, to the Constitution to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It would be irresponsible not to act upon such attempts to the integrity of our Canadian democratic system. It is dangerous for Canada's heritage, for Canadians' rights and for future generations.


Members of government having to plea allegiance to Your Majesty, it means that you are on top of the chain of command therefore Your Majesty’s duty would be to rescue Canada's Democracy at this critical point in time. I ask Your Majesty, when will you act upon your monarchical duty? Because Your Majesty do not have a ceremonial role only in Canada's Constitution. In the Letters Patent, it is mentioned that the Governor General has Your Majesty’s power to remove from office any person “upon sufficient cause to him appearing.” The Governor General has not only the right but he has the duty and the power to remove Stephen Harper from the Office of Prime Minister of Canada, since he proved too many times already that he has no concern for the future of Canada. Stephen Harper is giving us all the reasons why a maximum of two terms for a person to be in a position of power is more than enough to cause long term damage. Can Your Majesty please intervene and send an order to have changes made to our Constitution as soon as possible to stop those abuses?


I may seem insistent, it is because the hour is constitutionally critical Your Majesty. After demonstrating many examples to you, I officially request from Your Majesty to have Stephen Harper removed from the Office of Prime Minister of Canada for abuse of power after contempt of Parliament and, treason against Canadians and Your Majesty's Authority. This ultimate responsibility incombs to Your Majesty. If Your Majesty can not act for Canadian's best interests, maybe Canadians will have to revisit their Constitution and make the necessary changes to better be protected from people like Stephen Harper and his authoritarian regime.

I thank Your Majesty for taking this matter as serious as the current situation is for Canada's Democracy. The duty of bringing back order in Canada is now incumbent upon Your Majesty, Canada's Head of State or it will be the ebb of a once great Nation.

Have a magnificent day Your Majesty. Sincerely.


Chantal Dupuis
Montreal, Qc



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6 commentaires:

  1. Wow what a great letter

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  2. Wow! Excellent letter!

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  3. Is there any way to condense this into a mass mailing project or petition? She needs to know just how fed up we all are and clearly the message isn't getting through - or is being ignored. Flooding her mail might make her take notice and do her job.

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    1. It has been done in 2012. Someone turned my first letter into a petition and sent it to Her Majesty. I am awaiting for the answer to this one.

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    2. It seems like time to do it again...

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