As we watch the shenanigans in Ottawa around irregularities in senators’ billing practices and more closer to home watch the PC government significantly attempt to change supports for disabled people, it might be worth pondering the corrupting potential of power and privilege.
The Magna Carta, the American Bill of Rights, human rights as declared during the French Revolution and the UN Declaration of Human Rights, were all created to limit the power of the so-called executive branch. The initiators of these iconic documents understood that without clear and public declarations people in power have the opportunity to run roughshod over their citizens.
How the electorate challenges the Canadian and provincial governments is not an optional exercise. It means, I believe, continuous awareness and involvement. Governments in democratic countries are there to follow our agenda not theirs. They have a duty to consult on a range of issues. That’s why they were elected in the first place.