Protecting the party and its interests
This process would also require that the Attorney General report to the assembly, not the government
Many Islanders have come to the realization that the present political system as we now know it, is not democratic or sustainable. There is far too much cronyism, nepotism and corruption in politics. The secret deals, giveaways, interference in community affairs and incremental implementation of controversial or unpopular initiatives against the public’s concerns, are indicators of just how unresponsive and indifferent our major political parties have become. Politics is all about the power and the money, not good public policy.
We have witnessed the mismanagement of billions of dollars in taxpayers’ funds in the past decade. The PNP, the egaming fiasco, the loan write offs, the back room deals, the high speed internet farce with its understated costs, and much more. People have wondered and wonder still, why the federal police force did not actively investigate several of these matters.
The answer is simple. The federal police force will not investigate such actives until called upon by the first minister or the Attorney General of the province, which in our province is one and the same. Obviously, that did not happen.
One would expect that in this day and age, in a modern civilized society, citizens would have some recourse, some one or some arm of government we could turn to investigate such matters thoroughly. Not so in this political climate and the reason is political. As long as we continue to allow the First Minister to hold the office of Premier and Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, the citizens of this fair Island will never have a democratic government.
The practice of combining the ministries is not without ulterior motives, that being to give the ruling party ultimate political, and lawful control. That is part of the reason the ruling parties on the Island have ruled with an iron fist for several decades.
That is why we do not see the federal police forces engage in any investigations into nefarious government dealings or outright government abuses. The main role of the ruling party is to protect the party and the party’s interests.
It would better serve the people if the office of the Attorney General, who is the chief law enforcement officer and guardian of the public interest, were appointed by the Lt.-Gov.-in-Council, on the recommendation of the legislative assembly, not the ruling party.
This process would also require that the Attorney General report to the assembly, not the government, which would allow all members of the assembly and the general public to examine the government’s activities and hold it to account.
It would also allow the opposition members an avenue to pursue questionable partisan activities of consequence. Perhaps then our ruling political parties would not be able to run amuck over the citizens right to openness and accountability.
When electoral reform comes about, I expect that future political leaders will consider the merit in making the law enforcement branches accountable to the legislative assembly. The notion of the Premier or Attorney General ignoring questionable political practices in the name of partisanship or monetary advantage is unsettling to say the least. Yet, it happens and will continue to do so until we change the political process.
Citizens have not lost sight of electoral reform and will continue to pursue this goal until it has been achieved. Right now the Conservative Party of P.E.I. is searching for a new leader in hopes of winning the next election. Doubtless they are beginning to realize the voters do not want more of the same in a new face. Voters want to see meaningful change in the political process. Having our political leaders subject to the laws of the land seems like a good place to start.