I woke up thinking of Paul Simon’ s lyrics.
One posted meaning is : what can happen if one does not live deliberately.
Canada is slip, sliding away —-anti freedom progressives and even some alleged freedom fighters are aiding and abetting this tragic effort.
I saw its beginnings ( at least in my experience ) during my time as a Minister in The Government of Newfoundland in the 1970’s. As a Minister of Housing I experienced the hard hand of the Federal Government when it began discriminating among Provinces as it related to Federal Housing dollars to the Provinces. I saw it when the Federal Government attempted to deny Newfoundland its share of revenue and say over the then developing offshore resources . Western Canada experienced it through the attempted National Energy Program.
It was most prominently on display during the early 1980’s when the Federal Government tried to patriate and introduce a Charter of Rights and Freedoms—UNILATERALLY!
The dominate narrative tries to hide the fact that this unilateral federal move was rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada in September 1981 . Even lawyers and judges fail to reference it in talking about the development of our Charter.
Simultaneously , the bureaucracies of the Federal Government and the Provinces grew exponentially. Power began shifting from the Parliaments to the Executive —-and to the bureaucracy and government agencies. The judiciary became more activist and boldly asserted responsibility that it did not possess under the Constitution. Witness the decisions relating to the pandemic , and my own personal ( with other Canadians a part of it) legal challenge, still under appeal—a so called ‘expedited process.’ Six million Canadians discriminated from travel in their own country in violation of their Charter rights.
And we all let it happen !!!
Coupled with these developments was the concept that deficit financing was necessary , a new tool that was crucial in modern growing economies . Deficits and debt became popular! And even to the point where the very meaning of a deficit was elastic—current account borrowing versus capital account borrowing. What a trick that has become with Journalist and Economists all over the country buying the deception.
To put it crudely, many were bought off !
This is most blatantly evident in the over $40 billion health transfers annually going from the Federal Government to the Provinces, distorting the constitutional framework of health care being exclusively provincial under the Constitution. Education soon followed and then social services.
The federal state became less and less and the Federal Government became more a NATIONAL Government. The Provinces lost . The power to the centre , especially Ontario and Quebec , that is Upper Canada and Lower Canada in history , were still in control.
Donald Savoie, governance scholar at the University of Moncton , in a landmark book in 2019 highlighted Canada’s weakening democratic position titled ‘Democracy in Canada, The Disintegration of Our Institutions.’ It was inevitable says Savoie given Canada’s founding without a better structural balance——no elected upper house , for example, representing the Provinces like in the US. And the fact that the country has been incapable of wise constitutional change —witness my earlier reference to Pierre Trudeau unilateralism in 1981.
That has now seeped into the Judiciary ! And the Provinces. !
Then the fake Pandemic hit!!!!
And all that history came tumbling down on the individual.
It was and is all about the group, propaganda, group psychosis, The celebrity and graphic revolution as American Historian Daniel Boorstin called it when in it was in its infancy in the late 20th century.
The American Bill Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are under attack as the classic liberal tradition and the enlightenment go up in smoke .
The international co-operation coming out of World War Two gets re-engineered to mean the erosion of the nation state , the diminution of individual rights and the rise of super international unelected agencies to dictate public policy around the globe. This rejection of what it means to be human and organize is dangerously close to being an accepted plan by the government and their technocrats , high finance institutions, the new high tech billionaire class, big media and the flawed academic establishment.
In Canada, the three vital parts of our democracy: parliament, the executive , and the judiciary have seen the most important part being weakened , with the executive and judiciary in ascendent power . The Federal Agencies dominate and the Privy Council Office and the Prime Minister’s and Pemiers’ Offices are in control .
Ironic indeed that Transparency International has just highlighted Canada as having the worst corruption increases ( index decline) of any country in the last five years. Its decline similar to Venezuela.
Imagine no Government in Canada would endorse a National Independent citizens led Inquiry to examine the constitutional and scientific validity of their pandemic actions. I had asked them in writing. Lives were lost, people permanently injured, jobs destroyed, untold psychological damage Individually and collectively ensued.
No accountability and transparency.
Then , such an Inquiry gets established outside of Government , with such a stated goal , but quickly deteriorated into the violation of the reason for its existence , its independence , and a blatant conflict of interest ensued , with personal agendas superseding the public good ; a non governmental approach turns into one in which one of the directors of the non-governmental non profit corporation agrees to be paid simultaneously to lead a parallel non independent , Provincial Government Inquiry. The very elites the Inquiry was to avoid. !
So it seems all of society has been infected by this group dogma, this insidious approach to Governance, the control by the elites to the detriment of the citizen, the taxpayer and elected institutions.
Part of a summary of Don Savoie’s book reads :
‘As a result, the scope and size of government and Canadian federalism have taken on new forms largely outside the Constitution. Parliament and now even Cabinet have been pushed aside so that policy makers can design and manage the modern state. This also accounts for the average citizen’s belief that national institutions cater to economic elites, to these institutions’ own members, and to interest groups at citizens’ own expense.’
‘Slip, sliding away————
Hon . A. Brian Peckford
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Pretty sad commentary Mr. Peckford. Hope you’re wrong but all the evidence is around us that you’re right. I fear for my descendants for they will be suffering the most paying back all Justin’s newly printed $ giveaways all over the world without creating a single Canadian job. He gave away tens of millions flying throughout Africa in a failed attempt at getting the seat on the United Nations Security Council. He got ousted after the first vote whereas PM Harper tried to get the same position years before but made it through several votes before losing and he didn’t do a world tour giving money away.
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We place too much importance upon “democracy”, and an inadequate importance upon Individual Rights as part of the Supreme (Constitutional) law.
In the absence of the recognition of the rights respecting individual as the sovereign unit of value, democracy is merely rule of the mob. A regression back to primitive tribalism ruled by “deer leederz” and their medicine men (the “exspurtz”).
In America, Americans have erroneously associated the discovery of objective values to Christianity (rather than upon Aristotle’s beneficial influence to Christianity), and in Canada the Charter can be suspended (as we have observed) by the mere whims and wishes of the “deer leeder”.
It’s difficult to express the magnitude of importance the discovery of Individualism truly is. Too many people want to be the “deer leederz” who conquer and control others because they “know better”. Religious faith engenders this knowledge without effort (=fake knowledge) ultimately resulting in the renouncement of values.
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So many will be standing around scratching their collective heads and wondering “wot happened?”!
A sad but probably very true commentary, Mr. peckford.
Unfortunately, worrying after the fact will probably be too late.
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Canada started slip sliding away into hell when real estate became an investment and also made worse when women got the vote and homosexuality was decriminalized and divorce liberalized. This didn’t just happen the other day. It was a long term project that spans decades and centuries done by wicked and popular people in high places. The solution is not more democracy, communism and globalist oligarchy.
The solution is none at all and more supremacy of God and the rule of his laws.
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I noticed today on forwarding today’s blog entry to my MP and others, that forwarding or posting one blog entry also forwards all previous entries. Is there a way to curtail that and allow forwarding of just the one article?
Sadly, methinks the slip started quite some time ago and, realistically, Canada has been sliding into the abyss of mediocrity for quite sometime.
The mediocrity skids are being eagerly greased, with the new environmentally friendly woke grease, by the Trudeau cabal in Ottawa aided by the various provincial premiers (with, it appears, the exception of Danielle Smith and Scott Moe) who have sold their soul to the Lucifer of our times.
Canada is in a mess, affirmed by virtually every meaningful measure (economic, social and otherwise), and most Canadians are oblivious to the dangers such a mess is in the process of delivering.
Welcome to the Canadian Twilight Zone, where reality is executed and delusion is worshipped!!! You, my friend, are working diligently to be the conscience of a nation where, unbelievably, a conscience is persona non grata!!!
Food for thought and those seeking the truth!!!!
What you are experiencing so are we in South Africa including our judiciary has been corrupted. In one instance a group has taken on our APEX court and lodged a complaint to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has seized a complaint lodged by Liberty Fighters Network (LFN) and others against the Republic of South Africa during its 25th Extraordinary Session held during 25 February and 5 March 2019 in Banjul, The Gambia.
All attempts to fight it have been slapped aside by our courts. One bloke took them on to “Show us the Virus” They wouldn’t allow it to go ahead.
We have another local org taking on one of our Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. who a directly ignored a court order to provide information requested. So they are going now for proceeding with an application to hold Dlamini-Zuma guilty of contempt of court.
It is very sad —-