Firearms Owners Association
November 1, 2008
Dear Premier Brad Wall,
I am aware of no other provincial political party, except the Saskatchewan Party, that includes the return of our individual property rights within their party's platform. Property is not only land, cars, trucks, houses and buildings. Property is your bank accounts, your retirement savings, your body, your ideas and any patents and business schemes that may emanate from those ideas. For example, without individual property rights within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the former federal Liberal government(s) was not required to pay disabled veterans billions of dollars in interest on their benefits. Also consider the landmark case where 18 unions and pensioner groups representing about 700,000 existing and retired public servants, military workers and RCMP officers are trying desperately to get back $30-billion in pension funds from the Martin Liberal government. Former finance minister Paul Martin "used" their pensions to help wipe out Canada's deficit and balance his budget in the early 1990s. The Liberals even built an election campaign around Mr. Martin's legacy as a fiscal manager, which included the elimination of Canada's $42-billion deficit.
Canadians can historically trace their individual property rights to the Magna Carta of 1215, the English Bill of Rights of 1689, John Locke's Second Treatise of 1690, and Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries. However, Canadians lost their property rights to the provinces in colonial Canada under section 92 (13) "Property and Civil Rights in the Province" of the British North America Act of 1867 and in what is now known as the "Constitution Acts 1867 to 1982." The fact that Queen Victoria, along with others, "suppressed" individual property rights using the BNA Act of 1867 does not mean those same civil rights ever ceased to exist. Individual property rights still exist, because a civil right can never be taken away, by anyone.
Premier Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party feel property rights must be returned to the people. I agree with them. I must give the Saskatchewan Party full marks for that excellent policy. If governments continue denying, supressisng and oppressing Canadians of one of our absolute civil rights, our right to own property, we can not possibly live in a free society.
However, it is time for the suppression of our civil rights to end. The Saskatchewan government must be encouraged to introduce a made in Saskatchewan Bill of Rights recognizing individual property rights along with many of our historic civil rights which were cleverly kept out of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms due to political ideologies of its scribers. This Saskatchewan Bill of Rights should not only reaffirm our prohibited individual property rights but also many other civil rights which have been excluded from our common use today. A Saskatchewan Bill of Rights would restore and re-affirm the following rights:
individual property rights, privacy rights, the right to liberty, the right to security of the person, the right to procedural fairness, the right against unreasonable search and seizure, the right to be presumed innocent, the right against arbitrary detention, the right to council upon arrest or detention, the right to freedom of expression, the right of armed self-defense, and equality rights. This "Saskatchewan Bill of Rights" shall remain inviolate by the province of Saskatchewan, the federal government, and the courts.
Premier Wall and others, please support this initiative for a Saskatchewan Bill of Rights today.