Essential Knowledge Needed to Grow a Democracy part 3
Political Sovereignty in Canada
The word Sovereignty means who’s in charge, who is the “supreme power or authority”. We listen to the political machinations over the so-called the contempt of Parliament by Conservative Cabinet Minster Bev” Oda, over whether or not she lied to Parliament. The battle plays out as if this is the battle over democracy itself. As heard on the House (a CBC Radio 1 show) regarding what the public will think of this issue if there is an election, an opposition member said, “ They (the public) understand on the doorstep, fundamentally the principles of our democracy, and what a fragile construct it is – how we can’t allow it to be implementally eroded by what our current government has been up to”.
“ People get that on a basic, school yard level, and a basic fairness and fundamental freedom”.
Wow, Parliament Democracy is that fragile, and yet they yell at each other like they do. Parliamentarians live in their own little world in Ottawaville, thinking that they are the only game in the democracy game, never once thinking that it is from the people that they get their power from, Our Parliamentary members believe that Parliament is sovereign. Perhaps it is true in Canada, only because Canadians do not understand the principle, and we let our politicians get away with not being accountable to them.
In Switzerland, the People are sovereign with their Direct Democracy. If the Swiss parliament should implement a law that is contrary to the will of the people, the people have the right, by Law. to implement an Initiative to force their government to give the people a Referendum that will enforce the will of the people.
As our leaders lie to us, the people, they are in the true sense of the word, showing contempt to the true sovereign, the people.