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Address to the Saskatchewan Party Members
Convention November 2014

Why I am running for President

When my wife and I immigrated to Canada 37 years ago,
we were woefully ignorant about Saskatchewan.

We thought that Saskatchewan was simply an extension of the Great Plains north of the 49th parallel.

We had no idea of the deep roots of socialized politics in Saskatchewan.

Upon moving into our new home in Saskatoon we were quickly introduced to "Crown Corporations";
Sask Tel,           Sask Power,     Sask Energy.

And SGI - only one choice, take it or leave it
- actually you have to take it.

And of course,
the provincially owned and operated Liquor Board Store.

Even before we got to know our family doctor,
he quit his medical practice and left the country to "get away from socialized medicine".

Soon thereafter, Saskatoon voted itself "A Nuclear Free Zone."

But for me, the hardest thing to accept was that I had to purchase a City bicycle licence to ride my bicycle in Saskatoon.

As my duck-hunting buddy Jack Wilson likes to say:

          "All is forbidden here unless specifically permitted by the State".

Fortunately for all of us, in 1997 four Progressive Conservatives and four Liberals got together and began to change things.

Premier Brad Wall and our Saskatchewan Party MLAs have been 'a breath of fresh air' in our Province that had for far too long been adrift in the doldrums of socialism.

We can now proudly and loudly say:

          We are no longer a "have not" province.

Our kids no longer have to move away to find a job.

 

 

With all of these improvements in our provincial Government,
my wife asks me
Why are you running for President ??

I am running for President of the Saskatchewan Party because I would like to assist semi-normal people bridge the gap between normal people and totally abnormal people.

I probably need to define these terms.

"Normal People" are your friends and neighbors who are not here today.

"Normal People" are out shopping at Canadian Tire or Wal-Mart, in the woods hunting deer, or at home carving out a watermelon to wear to the football game tonight.

          ***
"Totally Abnormal People" are political animals like Brad Wall, Don Morgan, Roger Parent and our other MLAs - these men and women are Totally Abnormal People.

These Totally Abnormal People actually enjoy going door-to-door asking,

          "How are we doing?"

These Totally Abnormal People take all manner of verbal abuse and seem to thrive.

The mere whiff of a political campaign seems to energize them.

          ***

The Semi-Normal People are those of us here today who do not necessarily like the 'thrust-and-parry' of politics but know that it is necessary.

We Semi-Normal People work our buns off because we want to help make a difference in politics, to improve our lives, the lives of our families, and the lives of our Saskatchewan neighbors.

We Semi-Normal People are the "bridge" between our normal neighbors who vote once every four years and our elected representatives who make laws.

          ***

I would now like to discuss an extremely important issue where we Saskatchewan Party Members can make a big difference in our Province:

our individual Property Rights.

          ***

Next year the English-speaking world will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Under pressure, King John signed the first charter of Rights in 1215.

Section 39 of the Magna Carta declares:

 
 No freemen shall be taken or imprisoned or disseised or exiled or in any way destroyed,
 
except by  the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.

In 1628 Sir Edward Cook forcefully reasserted that principle in the Petition of Right.

 

Cook declared:

 "that no man ... should be put out of his land or tenements ... without being brought to answer by due process of law."

Unfortunately in Saskatchewan we no longer honour this provision.

You may have heard about the business owner who had one of his company vehicles impounded after an employee was caught using a cellphone while driving.

While we all agree that distracted driving is dangerous,

the Leader Post declared this:

"an outrage to those on the right who correctly see this as ham-handed and a totally unfair infringement on an individual’s personal property rights."

The former NDP Government did not pass this unjust law.

Our Saskatchewan Party Government passed this law -

          a law that allows for the impoundment of personal property without the benefit of trial.

Unfortunately, this distracted driving law is but one example of how our Saskatchewan Party Government is not holding true to our guiding principles in protecting our freedom.

Under laws passed by our Saskatchewan Party Government, personal property can legally be taken from individuals without the benefit of charge, trial, or conviction.

In seeking this nomination I declared that I:

          "support fully the eight basic principles of The Saskatchewan Party."

I would like to call to your attention to three of these basic principles:

Smaller, less intrusive, more efficient government.

Democratic reform to make government more responsive to the people it serves.

Individual freedom and the equality of opportunity for all citizens.

I repeat for emphasis:

          less intrusive government

responsive to the people it serves.

Individual freedom

 

In protecting our individual freedoms we need to remember what William Pitt, said in 1763 concerning personal property:

"The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown.
 It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it;
 the storms may enter, the rain may enter,
— but the King of England cannot enter;"

As I have outlined in the pamphlet -

A Method to Entrench Individual Property Rights in the Constitution of Canada

- the way is open to us to protect our individual property Rights.

Our Provincial Government,
by joint resolution with the federal Government,
can enshrine the protection of individual property Rights into the Constitution of Canada.

This will involve change.

Some laws will need to be amended.

Philosopher/Nobel laureate Friedrich A. Hayek said:

"We shall never prevent the abuse of power if we are not prepared to limit power in a way which occasionally may also prevent its use for desirable purposes."

We need to have the courage to do what we know we can do to protect our property.

I close with a quotation from Jeremy Bentham:

"A state can never become rich but by an inviolable respect for property."

I believe the objective of our Party Membership is to give guidance and direction to the Government.

With your support, as your President, I will strive to do that.

Sincerely,

Edward B. Hudson, DVM, MS
edwardhudson@shaw.ca
306-230-8929 (cell)

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

 

"Screw your courage to the sticking-place,
and we will not fail."