January 31, 2005

WHY WE HOLD THEM IN SUCH ESTEEM

Politician's promises not set in stone, court says (Kirk Makin, Globe and Mail, January 31st, 2005)

It's official: Politicians can break campaign promises with impunity.

An Ontario Superior Court judge has absolved Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty of breaking an elaborately signed contract promising not to raise or create new taxes, saying anyone who believes a campaign promise is naive about the democratic system.

If anyone who voted for a politician based on a particular promise later were to go to court alleging a breached contract, ”our system of government would be rendered dysfunctional. This would hinder, if not paralyze, the parliamentary system,” Mr. Justice Paul Rouleau said.

The judge was ruling on a request from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation to quash the Liberals' new health premium on the grounds that it broke an election promise.

But in unreported obiter dicta, Judge Rouleau went on to opine that he nevertheless thought President Bush could be sued for keeping his.

Posted by Peter Burnet at January 31, 2005 5:42 AM
Comments

In the International Criminal Court, or Canadian courts?

Posted by: pj at January 31, 2005 10:14 AM

It's Canuckastan. What can you say, other than the Two Little Words.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 31, 2005 10:16 AM

"O CANADA, OUR HOME AND NATIVE LAND, TRUE PATRIOT LOVE IN ALL THY SONS COMMAND!"
Thank goodness our friends in the great white north have an judicial system.

"O CANADA, WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE!"
How wonderful it is that Canada's judicial system has taken on the task preventing governmental dysfunction and staving off institutional paralysis.

Posted by: Dave W. at January 31, 2005 12:29 PM

"O CANADA, OUR HOME AND NATIVE LAND, TRUE PATRIOT LOVE IN ALL THY SONS COMMAND!"
Thank goodness our friends in the great white north have an activist judicial system.

"O CANADA, WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE!"
How wonderful it is that Canada's judicial system has taken on the task preventing governmental dysfunction and staving off institutional paralysis.

Posted by: Dave W. at January 31, 2005 12:30 PM

Pj:

Sorry, but you guys are way ahead of us on this one. It's your judges that are fooling around openly with international precedents. Ours are still getting their heads around the sweet mystery of life.

Posted by: Peter B at January 31, 2005 3:16 PM
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