To: My Fellow Canadians
Uphold The Charter - Reject rule of law violations in Bill C-51
Call your MPs and demand they cease and desist attempts at violating the Charter and fundamental justice through Bill C-51.
They're inserting consent clauses into the Criminal Code of Canada that place the Attorney General above Judges in determining the proper course of the law and violate the foundation of the Charter.
Why is this important?
There are other petitions out there dealing with Bill C-51, but none address what appears to be the root of the problem.
Consent clauses in the Criminal Code of Canada directly violate the rule of law that forms the foundation of our constituting documents.
Ex: "83.222 (7) No proceeding under this section shall be instituted without the Attorney General’s consent."
Far from giving new powers to Judges, these consent clauses concentrate more power in the appointed office of the Attorney General instead of the Courts. It strips the ability of citizens from bringing charges of these natures before the Courts at all, leaving the Federal government in full control of how this law is implemented.
These clauses grant the Federal government potential immunity to any law that contains them. There are a number of them existing within the Criminal Code, from genocide to bribery to child abuse.
These kinds of clauses simply shouldn't exist in a modern democratic society. They are direct violations of the legal precepts of the rule of law, which states that law should govern a nation, as opposed to arbitrary decisions by individual government officials.
As a citizen of Canada, living in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, I've launched a Charter Challenge against similar clauses in the Criminal Code that concentrate too much power over the law in the Office of the Attorney General. I'm seeking to have section 52(1) of the Constitution Act, 1982 upheld, which demands the rule of law through the Charter.
How it will be delivered