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Monday, 10 September 2012

The Honourable Brad Wall, Leader,
The Saskatchewan Party
324 McDonald Street                             233 Central Avenue N
Regina, Saskatchewan S4N 6P6            Swift Current, Saskatchewan, S9H 0L3

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Dear Mr. Wall,

Re: Saskatchewan Party Policy JS10-1. Amending The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, Part 1, Bill of Rights:

Be it resolved that a Saskatchewan Party Government shall amend the current Saskatchewan Human Rights Code to enshrine the individual’s Right to own property.

Thank you for your letter of o3 August 2012 in reply to my query regarding the delay in implementing Saskatchewan Party Policy JS10-1. I appreciate your consideration. But are you sure Don Morgan sent you the correct information? Did he perhaps mistakenly send you some of Frank Quennell’s old briefing notes intended for Lorne Calvert?

The reason the Saskatchewan Party adopted this Policy is to begin turning the tide against the over seventy years of socialist attitudes, collectivist policies, and the “planned society” legislation of Tommy Douglas, the CCF, and the NDP. With a Saskatchewan Party finally in Government we now have the opportunity to repair an intentional NDP omission and to begin establishing in law OUR Guiding Principles; principles that recognize:

  • Economic growth and job creation through the private sector, not government, …;
  • 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;

We currently have a 2005 Policy supporting “an amendment to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that would enshrine the individual’s right to own property in the Constitution of Canada.” Yet in the current national political atmosphere the likelihood of a constitutional amendment of this type even being introduced in extremely low. But the British North America Act, 1867, s. 92(13) places the responsibility for property squarely in “the Exclusive Powers of Provincial Legislatures.” Therefore this is our opportunity, our moment, our time to make a significant difference in securing our right to own property - not simply for us, but for our children, and even more importantly - for our grandchildren. Now is our opportunity to definitively show our youth and their children that they can safely return from the Saskatchewan Diaspora.

If implementation of this Policy should cause some current laws to suffer revision – GREAT!! – that needs to happen. Let “Wascana Lake” become our Runnymede! Recognize in our Saskatchewan Bill of Rights that age-old promise of the Magna Carta:

No free man shall be seized or imprisoned or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.1

This Policy is in line with everything the Saskatchewan Party stands for and represents. Failure to implement this Policy would disrespect not only our stated beliefs but also the very process by which we operate as “grass-roots” organization. Both Saskatchewan Party President Gary Meschishnick and former Justice Minister Morgan were present at the 2010 Convention, and both were well aware then of all the potential concerns that you mentioned in your letter. If the Executive Council of the Saskatchewan Party, or the ministers of the Saskatchewan Party Government, had had any valid concerns about the resolution they had ample opportunity to bring their concerns before the Convention for discussion. Mr. Morgan had certainly not been at all bashful at the previous 2008 Convention where he spoke openly against a similar resolution we had proposed.

Mr. Wall, my knowledge of Latin is limited primarily to words like “hemorrhage” and “diarrhea” that have direct veterinary medical application, but I believe the Latin phrase “qui tacet consentire videtur” applies here: ‘he who is silent is taken to agree’. Or, ‘silence gives consent’. The suggestion this be accompanied by the proviso "ubi loqui debuit ac potuit", is also approiate, "when he ought to have spoken and was able to".2

The fact that neither Mr. Meschishnick nor Minister Morgan spoke against the resolution during the discussion period at the 2010 Convention is of vital significance.
Their silence then invalidates and negates their protestations now.

We need this Policy. Saskatchewan needs this Policy.

Let Saskatchewan lead, not follow Quebec. Lead Saskatchewan to set the Gold Standard in Canada for the protection of the individual’s Right to own property.

I trust you will ensure that our new Minister of Justice carries this ball across the goal line by implementing this Policy with the appropriate legislation.

I again thank you for your consideration and look forward to your positive reply.

Sincerely,


Edward B. Hudson, DVM, MS
President
Saskatoon-Meewasin Constituency, Saskatchewan Party

CC: Gordon Wyant, Minister of Justice
Don Morgan, Minister of Labor Relations
Gary Meschishnick, President
Patrick Bundrock, Executive Director
Roger Parent, Saskatoon-Meewasin MLA
Saskatoon-Meewasin Constituency Executive

Ref:
1. Magna Carta, Runnymede, King John - 1215 / Edward I – 1297, Clause 29
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/translation.html
2. Latin Quotations / ‘silence gives consent’
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_phrases_(Q)

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