The Liberals may rescind Bill 29. Can we rescind the Tobin referendum? On July 31, 1997, a snap decision by then premier Brian Tobin called for a referendum on Sept 2. The referendum violated many democratic ideals.
On July 26, The Telegram reported that this province was in fourth place among crime centres in Canada — a big shift since Tobin changed education. The removal of the cross from St. Matthew’s Elementary in St. John’s required just one anonymous person. Students in Catholic and independent schools can enter government competitions but can’t take the prize. Catholic and independent schools are not eligible for free text books in one of Canada’s richest provinces.
A 32-day notice for a referendum is disrespectful of democratic ideals. The mandate for both referendums was suspicious and anti-democratic. The savings from abolishing minority rights are grossly exaggerated.
Tobin’s question and its logical conclusion is a masterpiece in deception. Ottawa has mandated that the separation question in Quebec be crystal clear. Why wasn’t Tobin’s question subject to the same rigour?
The Supreme Court heard the case of the fly in the bottle but refused to hear the Newfoundland case, despite thousands of names on various petitions.
Tobin would not allow scrutineers. A petition to rescind the Tobin regime could have more substance than a referendum without scrutineers — a cornerstone of our democratic system.