OnRecall letter to MPPs
Download: Letter to MPPs & Candidate.
Legislative Bldg, Rm.
111 Wellesley St. W.
Dear Members of Parliament and Respective Parties;
We are writing to you on behalf of all
Ontarians who seek to have competent and fair representation in the
Perhaps former Premier of Ontario Mike Harris said it best in 1993: "The oath to the Queen is fundamental to the administration of the law in this country. It signifies that, here in Canada, justice is done - not in the name of the Prime Minister, or the Mayor, or the Police Chief, as in totalitarian nations - but by the people, in the name of the Queen," The oath taken is the way elected members of parliament—who are assuming positions of public trust—promise to carry out their duties patriotically, and in the best interests of the country.
The Federal Court also expressed that giving allegiance to the sovereign was "a solemn intention to adhere to the symbolic keystone of the Canadian Constitution, thus pledging an acceptance of the whole of our Constitution and national life," It may be argued that it strikes at the very heart of democracy to curtail collective opposition and incentive for change by demanding loyalty to a particular political theory. We would like to remind you of this. It is with this oath in mind, that we submit our inquiry to you.
We are seeking
your (and your Party’s) position on recall legislation in
Do you support the initiative, or do you
not support it? In
We propose a process in
We are asking for
your support in creating and bringing forth a process through which a
registered voter can petition to remove any Member of the Legislative Assembly
from office. We believe recall legislation will strengthen the ties between
good government and the citizens of
The people give their total trust to those they elect, and in that trust there is an unspoken expectation that the elected official has the best interests of their constituents front and center at all times.
The purpose of recall legislation is beneficial to all involved: it keeps our elected officials "honest", and will act as a deterrent to less than fair practices if our elected officials know that should they fail in their elected duties, they can in fact be replaced at the majority vote of the people without waiting for another election. Further, it will attract candidates who feel they can work within their mandate as expected by the people. This gives the citizens more reason to become involved in the government process that was created for them and by them, for integrity and accountability.
Ask yourself this: when you were not an elected official and those governing you were failing in the discharge of their duties, did you not want a voice, a method of being heard at a level that has some value and importance?
Would you prefer a process in which you were not left feeling a victim, with no course to correct the issue, but rather like a valued and integral part of the process that can effect positive change?
Isn't that what Canadian values reflect? A democracy wherein the people can express their voice in a manner that allows it to be heard and considered? It is our hope and expectation that you do in fact support recall legislation as a show of faith in the very people that elected you.
Currently we are gathering thousands of
signatures in support of recall legislation and intend to present it to
This is your chance to show us that you do,
in fact, have the genuine best interests of
We look forward to your reply in this matter with your stated position on recall legislation. It is a simple question we are asking. Are you in favour of recall legislation or not? Can you say you have the interests of Ontarians at heart for a fair and democratic process for the people, or do you merely follow the party line and expect the people to endure it?
Please reference below links:
BC Recall information
Defeated Bill 89 as example.