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Canada Colby Cosh: A letter that should not exist: On Notley's obnoxious viceregal fantasy

14:55  21 november  2019
14:55  21 november  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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Alberta Opposition leader Rachel Notley is a bright person, and as a lawyer she is no doubt very familiar with the foundations of Canadian government. Stupidity and ignorance are not the reasons she is trying to drag the lieutenant-governor of Alberta into a partisan struggle in the legislature. No no no.

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a close up of Rachel Notley: Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley, seen in a photo from Oct. 24, 2019, is attempting to prevent the UCP provincial government from eliminating the office of the Election Commissioner.© David Bloom/Postmedia News Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley, seen in a photo from Oct. 24, 2019, is attempting to prevent the UCP provincial government from eliminating the office of the Election Commissioner.

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Alberta Opposition leader Rachel Notley is a bright person, and as a lawyer she is no doubt very familiar with the foundations of Canadian government. Stupidity and ignorance are not the reasons she is trying to drag the lieutenant-governor of Alberta into a partisan struggle in the legislature. No no no. She’s doing it because she thinks you are stupid and ignorant.

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Oh, I don’t deny that the volumes of talk we all heard about “responsible government” in school had a tendency to bound off of our skulls like a Super Ball. But if you are clever enough to have swum this far into a newspaper article, you surely have at least a vague sense that the royal assent lieutenant-governors give to provincial laws once they are passed is all but automatic. You may remember hearing this part of the lawmaking process described as a “formality” or a “rubber stamp.” It is unlikely you have lived long enough to see it unfold in any other way anywhere in Canada.

Notley is concerned about the United Conservative Party government’s Bill 22, which eliminates the office of the Election Commissioner, a sort of electoral-law policeman created to take the work of investigations and fine-levying away from the Chief Electoral Officer. The Election Commissioner’s team swung into action immediately upon being created by Notley’s government, which happened officially on July 1, 2018.

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In the intervening aeons, the commissioner has mostly, though not exclusively, been kept busy punishing financial shenanigans related to the failed UCP leadership campaign of Jeff Callaway. The government says that returning the commissioner’s powers to the Chief Electoral Officer is a matter of cost-saving. The opposition thinks the commissioner is being let go to obstruct further inquiry into the dodgy UCP leadership race.

The broadsheet press, at every identifiable point in the political spectrum, mostly agrees with the opposition. It is not hard to find our arguments for this, and you sure won’t overlook them because they ain’t strongly worded enough.

Let’s agree for the sake of argument that Bill 22 is a bad law being made for corrupt reasons. I say Notley’s letter to the lieutenant-governor, released on Tuesday , is still worse. There will never be any shortage of bad laws or sleazy politicians, but a country can survive these as long as it has a sturdy constitution that is alive within, and grasped approximately by, the public mind. In our case the furniture includes a politically impartial Crown that endorses the laws our assemblies pass. When someone who knows better tries to work the Crown ref, they degrade the premises of Canadian government itself and misinform the populace. It ought to be humiliating even to suggest the possibility.

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Lois Mitchell et al. wearing costumes:  Alberta Lieutenant-Governor Lois Mitchell speaks during Calgary’s 15th Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil to honour murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, on Oct. 4, 2019.© Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia News Alberta Lieutenant-Governor Lois Mitchell speaks during Calgary’s 15th Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil to honour murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, on Oct. 4, 2019.

The existence of Notley’s letter to the L-G is bad per se, but, as a bonus, the details are screwy, too. Notley says to Her Honour: “I am writing to you today to respectfully request that you reserve royal assent for Bill 22 …” It is never made clear what precise course of action is being proposed. The simple withholding of royal assent would contradict 300 years of Westminsterian practice, and would be universally condemned. Under the British North America Act of 1867 a lieutenant-governor can reserve assent specifically for the purpose of referring a law “upward” to the Dominion’s governor general, who may then disallow the would-be law on the advice of her first minister.

This was done, famously, in Social Credit Alberta in 1937 — at a time when the Crown’s representatives were still considered to have something of a role in protecting deep constitutional norms. Even then this function was discernibly passing to the courts, which ended up actually deciding the 1937 controversy; with our 1982 Constitution the existence of the reservation power has been cast into doubt. But, of course, Bill 22 raises no deep constitutional issue. It’s a law that is unquestionably within the purview and capacity of the Assembly — just one that a lot of people think looks like hell.

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I say that Notley is bright, and I acknowledge that she’s a lawyer, but I did not say she’s a first-class lawyer. I mean, I had assumed that, and have been assured of it, but one other feature of her obnoxious letter makes me wonder. Notley cites the U.K. Supreme Court’s recent Miller/Cherry ruling for the proposition that “the privilege of the First Minister and Executive Council to advise the Crown is not without limits.” The UKSC, as I discussed in this space at the time, acted to prevent a prime minister from having the Queen prorogue Parliament.

The Miller/Cherry petitions involved no question of refusing royal assent to a bill, which would be a much more extreme and self-evidently undemocratic phenomenon. In this case Notley seems not to have noticed that she is asking the lieutenant-governor for the opposite of what Miller and Cherry sought; she wishes to thwart the expressed will of a parliamentary assembly, rather than to keep one going. No ministerial advice to the Crown is at issue.

Of course, Bill 22 hasn’t passed second reading yet, so the opposition leader is arguably perpetrating contempt of the legislature — in another, slightly different way — by asking the vicereine to assume that the bill will be passed with the current text. The only answer she is likely to receive is silence, and I trust it will be a disapproving, disgusted silence, every bit as contemptuous as a silence can be made.

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