Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the culmination of 350 years of commonwealth constitutional evolution. Despised by Tories because it places the people above the House of Commons, it was nonetheless a revolutionary act signed by the Queen and Trudeau, which brought the three groups of Cromwell's age - the gentry, the levelers and the diggers onto an equal footing before the law. Tories like Mike Harris and Stephen Harper embrace the Cromwellian union of gentry and levelers, but like Cromwell, have no intention of letting the poor (the diggers) into the commonwealth, which is why Harris waged war on the poor, and Harper appeals to gentry and levelers but not to the poor. The liberals need to use the charter to distinguish themselves from the Tories, who are Disraeli conservatives: ie let the servants vote because they will think that their best interests are served by supporting their masters best interests.