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    New Twitter handle - @Taleeb Some updates coming for Facebook as well! http://twitter.com/taleeb
    Dec 21, 2011 7:30 pm | British Columbia, North Vancouver
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    Lots of debate around whether or not the LPC should seek the Governor General's assistance in stopping Stephen Harper's assault on the Wheat Board. The fact is, the constitution allows for the use of reserve powers when the executive's advice or actions undermine "the very foundations of the political system." In addition a single court ruling in particular stand out in regards to the powers of Canada’s vice-regals. This occurred in 1937 after the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta decided to reserve provincial legislation for the review of the Governor General. However, following the Governor General’s decision to disallow, essentially vetoing the legislation, the Premier of the province decided to refer the question of reservation and disallowance to the Supreme Court. The decision of the court on March 4, 1938 was that the crown’s powers to reserve and subsequently disallow legislation were “subject to no limitation or restriction.” Arguably, ignoring the rule of law and ignoring the courts would, in the minds of some, constitute undermining the political system - at the very least. I'm no fan of anyone ignoring democracy - but when the Conservative government feels it can ignore legislation and avoid a democratic, open plebiscite of farmers, then I'm comfortable saying there's a pretty compelling reason to fight fire with fire.
    Dec 13, 2011 9:48 am | British Columbia, North Vancouver

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