Right to Life is disappointed that Jacinda Ardern has recently refused to respond to our letter asking her views on important justice and human rights issues that face our nation.
As the newly elected deputy leader of the Labour Party she is potentially a future Deputy Prime Minister. Her dismissive response raises serious questions of trust and undermines our Parliamentary democracy. Good government is government by the people for the people.
Ms Ardern should remember that those who govern do so with the permission of the governed. Right to Life believes that the electorate has an absolute right to ask her and individual Members of Parliament and candidates who are standing for election to our Parliament questions on important social and justice issues.
Those who are standing for election to Parliament have a serious duty to provide a response to questions of importance to the community. A similar letter was also sent to the Hon Paula Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister. We await her response.
Ms Ardern’s action is contrary to the Labour Party’s Policy Platform policy 1,18 that upholds Labour’s pledge to be open and transparent in government. [Read more…]