I am writing Your Majesty because there is no one left to turn to in Canada. Decisions made by the Prime Minister and Governor General have betrayed our democracy. To ask for and grant a request to prorogue Parliament for the sole purpose of avoiding a confidence motion is to defy the democratic will of the Canadian people. In the absence of democratic legitimacy, our Prime Minister is essentially a dictator.
Several years ago, the Paul Martin government tried to avoid a confidence motion for several weeks, until they suddenly agreed to hold one. Thanks to support from a few independent MPs, ultimately they where able to hold the confidence. I always suspected that Governor General Adrian Clarkson had quietly asked the Prime Minister to show he had the confidence of the House. At the time, I felt the delays of the Martin government were wrong, but at least it only lasted a couple weeks.
This time, a confidence motion has been delayed for two months by the action of the Governor General, the very person whose job it is to ensure the Prime Minister has the confidence of the House. I always believe the role of the Governor General was to use her great power to protect Canadian democracy and prevent a prime minister from manipulation the system. The benefit of having a living, breathing person in this role, rather the using a system of rules and laws, is that they can’t be tricked. Yet the Governor General has allowed a Prime Minister to use a trick to keep himself in power. It undermines my confidence in our system.
I do realize that is too late for Your Majesty to prevent this situation, but I humbly suggest that you talk with the Governor General and Prime Minister and remind them about their responsibilities to our democracy and that while the Prime Minister may have substantial power he has the responsibility to maintain the confidence of the House of Commons at all times.
I hope that we can solve our disputes about government without needing to call for Your Majesty’s guidance, but is reassuring to know you are there in case we lose our way.
Madam, I have the honour to remain Your Majesty’s humble and obedient subject,