October 8th, 2014
[Letter sent to various relevant authorities of the British Government]
New Scotland Yard
London SW1H 0BG
Attn: Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, QPM
Dear Commissioner Hogan-Howe;
The Government of Canada, through its Minister of Industry, Mr. James Moore, M.P. (Port Moody - Westwood - Port Coquitlam) has declared that the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is not an agency of the Canadian Government. This declaration is at variance with publicly available documents in the archive of the Government of the United Kingdom.
Specifically, British Government archives indicate that the CSA was founded in London in 1917 by the Imperial Government as a direct subsidiary of the BSI, a Chartered agency of the Imperial Government reporting to the Privy Counsel Office. In 1919, the CSA was patriated to the Canadian Government by mutual agreement of the Canadian Government and the Government of the United Kingdom.
We note that Canadian Hansard records likewise confirm that the CSA is a Government agency reporting to the Minister of Industry directly until 1970, and via the Standards Council of Canada thereafter.
In this context, we wrote to the Canadian Minister of Industry on September 3, 2014 to request his clarification on the status of the CSA or, alternately, on his confidence in the integrity of British Government archives. Specifically, we wrote;
“Given that your statements contradict the archive documents excerpted below, even including Canadian Hansard records, we would appreciate your advising whether your previous statements regarding the legal status of the CSA were incorrect or, in the alternative, your Department is accusing the Governments of Canada and of the United Kingdom of fabricating or falsifying the referenced documentation in their respective national archives.”
As the Minister of Industry has declined to retract his declaration, his accusation therefore remains.
Could you kindly advise what the protocol is for processing, investigating, and reporting on accusations of criminal fraud allegedly perpetrated by offices of the Government of the United Kingdom as made by Ministers of the Crown in representation of Governments of Commonwealth countries? [emphasis in original]
A copy of the Sept 3, 2014 letter to the Canadian Industry Minister, and a specimen archive and Hansard report, is enclosed for reference.
[The letter to the Industry Minister, as referenced above, was enclosed as below]
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H5
Attn: Hon. James Moore
Minister of Industry
Dear Minister Moore;
In our letter of 13 July 2014, we noted “that the ambiguity with which your Department has cloaked the status and reporting of the CSA is no longer sustainable. However inconvenient to your Department, a proper clarification of the status of the CSA and its legislative and regulatory productions, its reporting and its regulatory authority, is shortly becoming inevitable.”
We also note your claim that “the CSA is not government-mandated” and is “not a regulatory body,” that it “has no regulatory role in Canada,” and that the CSA “does not report to the Minister of Industry either directly or indirectly” and “does not report to the Standards Council of Canada.” You have made these statements to a variety of audiences, including to our organization during 2013 in a letter from your Department.
Likewise, the CSA has claimed to be a private not-for-profit corporation founded in 1919. They have made these claims repeatedly before Parliament, in various court appearances, and in their public statements.
In conflict with these statements however, we have acquired documentation that confirms the status of the CSA as an agency of the Federal Government, founded during the First World War as a subsidiary of the British Engineering Standards Association by an act of the British Imperial Government and subsequently patriated to the Canadian Government in 1919. Document excerptions are below.
Given that your statements contradict the archive documents excerpted below, even including Canadian Hansard records, we would appreciate your advising whether your previous statements regarding the legal status of the CSA were incorrect or, in the alternative, your Department is accusing the Governments of Canada and of the United Kingdom of fabricating or falsifying the referenced documentation in their respective national archives. [emphasis in original]
We would appreciate your urgent response. We note that we have not received a response to our letter of 04 December 2013 regarding the claims of CSA to privately “own” the law. Likewise, we have not received your response to our letter of 21 January, 2014 reminding you of our December letter. Neither have we received your response to our letter of 15 April, 2014 reminding you of our previous two letters. Neither have we received your response to our letter of 13 July, 2014 reminding you of our previous three letters. In the thirty-four weeks since our first correspondence we have received no answers to any of the six CSA questions that we submitted to your Department on 04 December, 2013.
In this unfortunate context, we are compelled to specify a date to receive a response from your Department. Passed this deadline we will conclude that your statements and implied accusations regarding the CSA remain valid. We will refrain from pursuing the matter until 30 September, 2014.
[& signed with enclosures]