RULE OF LAW – BORN JUNE 15, 1215, DIED DECEMBER 13 2010
It is with sadness and the deepest of regrets that we announce the death of the Rule of Law in the area of consumer products. Born in England with the Magna Carta, the Rule of Law immigrated to Canada and flourished. She influenced Courts and politicians alike. Despite the odd set-back, everyone thought she was alive and well. Her influence seemed to be wide-spread, supported by Canadians from coast to coast who enjoyed the protection from state excess that she provided. At times great fanfare accompanied efforts to ensure that she would live among us forever. Most notable of these efforts was the Canadian Bill of Rights in 1960, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.
In retrospect it is clear that the environment that led to Her death was the complacency of the very citizens she was so diligent in protecting. We so believed that she would be among us forever, that we were not watching to see that she was in danger. Sadly the danger struck quickly. With the exception of brave Liberals in the Senate, all four parties in Parliament rammed the Consumer Product Safety Bill (C-36) through Parliament in record time. The Rule of Law was blind-sided by the Bill, and despite efforts to revive Her, She was declared dead by the Senate on December 13 2010.
With Her passing, the state can now take control over private property in the area of consumer products, and in some cases keep the property, without any Court supervision of any kind. This can be done in secrecy, so that the rest of us will not know of families being destroyed by unchecked state discretion. State discretion without independent Court supervision (see the definition of Tyranny in any dictionary) is the anathema to the Rule of Law, and led to her demise.
The Family, the grieving citizens of Canada, requests that instead of flowers, donations be given to those groups seeking to preserve the few fundamental freedoms that, although under attack, are still on the endangered species list.