Jan. 22, 2012 - Compelled by Parliament

Compelled by Parliament
Who or what can be compelled by Parliament?

compel - verb (compels, compellingcompelled[with obj.force or oblige (someone) to do something...• bring about (something) by the use of force or pressure... Oxford American Dictionary

I got this phrase from a letter received from a member of federal parliament. Therein, referring to a crown corporation, the MPP stated, "As a crown corporation it is not compelled by Parliament."

In other words, crown corporations are not under the jurisdiction or authority of Parliament.

Per Wikipedia:

In Canada, Crown corporations, within either the federal or provincial sphere, are technically owned and operated by the monarch, as the institution's sole shareholder; this follows the legal premise that the Crown, as an institution, owns all the property of state. In practice, however, most Crown corporations operate at arm's length from the government, with direct government control only being exerted over the corporation's budget and the appointment of its chairperson and directors through Orders in Council.

This same source lists various Federal and Provincial Crown corporations, however, Canada Revenue Agency, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), are two other Crown corporations are not appearing on this list. 

If a mere Crown corporation cannot be compelled by Parliament, how is it that men and women with the unlimited capacity for sovereignty can be compelled…or maybe lawfully, they can not…!

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