The T Word

You might be startled to know that some people believe that it is treasonous to declare oneself sovereign. Some people even believe it is treasonous to consider it possible that someone might be sovereign, other than of course the state’s designated sovereign. Treason is no small matter, so this question must be clearly and openly addressed.

Treason is defined in the Criminal Code of Canada as “using force or violence for the purpose of overthrowing the government of Canada or a province”.

It is important to ask yourself the question: what does the expression “government of Canada” mean to you? Is it a group of people? Is it a system used to choose a group of people? Is it the Queen? Is it the Constitution that has received the Queen’s assent?

Perhaps a better question to ask is whether you would prefer your nation to be governed by people or principles. If you prefer your nation to be governed by principles, then that is convenient, because Canada’s Constitution clearly states that the nation is founded on principles. Now it doesn’t exactly say what those principles are, but it does give us a few good hints. It states that those principles recognize “the supremacy of God and the rule of law”, and it also includes a set of rights and freedoms that it says exist because of those principles and thus they should be manifestations of those principles.

Those rights and freedoms are guaranteed by law and written to be the highest law of the land, higher than any elected official. You can’t change those laws just by being elected, no matter which office you are elected to. Since those laws are written as manifestations of the nation’s founding principles, changing the way those laws are written is intended to be a massive undertaking that requires the express approval of many political bodies in Canada, as is normally the case in constitutional democracies.

So if you prefer your nation to be governed by principles instead of people, then you might say that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is in fact your government. Now, by definition, anyone who uses force or violence for the purpose of destroying the existence of the rights and freedoms listed in that Charter is committing treason. Destroying rights and freedoms of one individual indicates a willingness to destroy those same rights and freedoms for others.

The Constitution of the Interactive Sovereign Society (ISS) states that each member is sovereign in their own right. It also states that each member agrees to uphold the laws democratically created by the society’s electorally supported legislative representatives. It also never at any point in time denies the right that section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms claims is guaranteed by law, “the right to vote in an election of members of a legislative assembly”. The Crown’s legislative assemblies, on the other hand, violate this law, by providing the right to vote on one day and then denying it for several years.

The definition of treason, you may recall, is the use of force or violence to overthrow the government of Canada. If laws created by a Crown legislative assembly are enforced upon an ISS member, then the ISS member, who has agreed to follow the laws created by a legislative assembly that never denies their electoral rights, is being forced to follow laws created by a legislative assembly that does deny their electoral rights for periods of time. The rights that they are guaranteed by the founding principles of Canada are being destroyed. If force or violence is used to do this, then by definition, whoever is exerting that force or violence is committing treason.

One additional important point is that the Interactive Sovereign Society Constitution recognises that sovereignty can never be truly realised without love, trust, and mutual respect between Those who assert their sovereignty. This means that ISS members agree to love, trust, and respect Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, a fellow sovereign. By extension, this would include showing love, trust, and respect to her subjects, the citizens of the nation of Canada. If you can find definitions of the words love, trust, and respect that would indicate their compatibility with use of force or violence, then you must have a different dictionary than I’ve ever had access to. Use of force or violence by ISS members for the purpose of overthrowing a government that many Canadian citizens are grateful for would be in defiance of the ISS Constitution.

The members of the ISS are sovereign, and They are by definition not treasonous. Any representative of the nation of Canada, on the other hand, that attempts to enforce laws created by the nation’s legislative assemblies upon an ISS member appears to be committing treason, according to the Criminal Code of Canada and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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