Let me address the rumours floating around that the Order of BC Advisory Council is going to rely on an “obscure rule” to appoint our disgraced former premier Gordon Campbell, to the Order of BC.
And I do think perhaps they will – using a loophole.
The Order of BC advisory council is likely going to use a rule written into the Act itself, that they may use interpretation thereof, to follow through with his appointment – despite the fact their own nomination rule contradicts it. ( see the print screen at the bottom of this post.)
Under the Provincial Honours and Symbols Act, http://www.protocol.gov.bc.ca/protocol/prgs/symbols/symbols_and_honours_act.htm#part2 , section 17, states the following :
(1) Appointments to the Order must be made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on the recommendation of the advisory council.
(2) A person who is an elected federal, provincial or municipal representative is not eligible to be appointed a member of the Order while that person remains in office.
(3) A person may not be appointed a member of the Order posthumously unless the advisory council recommends the appointment to the Lieutenant Governor in Council before the person’s death.
Aha. The act itself, states one can’t be appointed to the Order while an elected official….. but then, the rules of nomination, clearly state that one can’t even be nominated while an elected official. A contradiction.
Clearly, one can not be appointed to the Order of BC, if they are not eligible to be nominated in the first place, as per the nomination rule… but wait. There is more.
The catchpoint here, is that the nomination rule used as the basis of the argument to deny Campbell the Order of BC (from the nomination information link on their website, “Your nominee must not currently be an elected person with federal, provincial or municipal governments. ” ) , is not officially included within the Act that governs the Order of BC itself.… yes indeed, they will use a loophole to appoint this undeserving man to the Order of BC, if they have to.
There is however, within the Act itself, this section:
18.1 Resignation and termination
(1) A member may resign from the Order by giving written notice of his or her intention to resign, signed by the member, to the Chancellor.
(2) The Chancellor may terminate a person’s membership in the Order
(a) on the recommendation of the advisory council, and
(b) with the approval of the executive council.
(3) If a person’s membership in the Order is terminated under subsection (2), the termination is effective when the Order in Council respecting the person’s membership is rescinded.
(4) If a person ceases to be a member of the Order under subsection (1) or (2), the person must immediately return the following to the secretary:
(a) the commission evidencing the appointment of the member;
(b) the insignia of the Order that were presented to the person.
So there you have it. If the Order of BC advisory council persists in appointing Gordon Campbell to the Order of BC, ona bloody loophole, he can still do the honourable thing and resign, or the Chancellor can terminate his membership, on the recommendation and approval of that council, listed below:
The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, email@example.com phone: (250) 387-2080
Lance S. G. Finch (chair), Chief Justice of British Columbia
firstname.lastname@example.org (this is the Canadian Judicial Council. He’s a member. Ask they forward it to him)
Bill Barisoff, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Dr. Ralph Nilson, president and vice-chancellor, Vancouver Island University
Councillor Barbara Steele, president, Union of British Columbia Municipalities http://ubcm.ca/EN/meta/contact.html (use this contact form)
Pierrette Maranda, associate deputy minister, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat
John Furlong, O.B.C.
Barbara Ward-Burkitt, O.B.C. Email: email@example.com.
You know what to do… carry on! Click on the image below for full size to see why this government has to go. It makes up rules for no apparent reason, since they have no intention of following them.