Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Re: Encoding Trudeau's Statist Spirit, George Jonas, Feb. 10.
Commenting on property rights, Mr. Jonas correctly points out, "In absolute monarchies or dictatorships, the individual is unlikely to get protection from a constitution, for the simple reason that there won't be any. It will be either non-existent, or suspended -- or, as in communist countries, there will be no independent judiciary to give it effect."
Having an independent judiciary is the most important criterion for assessing a country for democracy. But as I have repeatedly pointed out, in Canada there is no independent judiciary, as Supreme Court justices are appointed by the PM, with no meaningful review.
Is real democracy something we want in Canada, or are we just paying lip service to it?
Giuseppe Gori, leader, Family Coalition Party of Ontario, Acton, Ont.