Goderich Township map
Goderich Township map

De-amalgamate Legal Precedent Petition by Goderich Township – Petition of Right of 1628

The Petition of Right of 1628 – to de-amalgamate

Goderich Township

You are invited to Queen’s Park to witness

what has never been done before!

On Thursday, November 27th, MPP Jack MacLaren will present a Petition of Right to the Attorney General, the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, on behalf of the freeholders of Goderich Township, to de-amalgamate Goderich Township from the Municipality of Central Huron, thereby establishing an historical legal precedent in the Province of Ontario.

The Petition of Right:

  • Became law in 1628, when the Lords of Parliament forced the King to acknowledge habeas corpus and right of rule;
  • Is a common-law right afforded to subjects to redress the Crown for grievances;
  • Is an Imperial Statute, Constitutional Document identified in the Revised Statutes of Ontario 1897; and,
  • Was used successfully in 1986 by Air Canada against the Attorney General in British Columbia in Air Canada v. B.C. (A.G.), [1986] 2 S.C.R. 539

Please RSVP Jessica Annis at Jessica.annis@pc.ola.org or 416-314-7900 so that your name can be provided to security.

Detailed agenda below.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


9:30 AM –Jack’s office – Room 421 – 4th Floor – West Wing – Visitors

· Enter South Door Basement, get Public Gallery Pass and Security Pass

· Take west elevators to 4th Floor, take a right, walk to the water cooler, take a right

· Drop off coats, electronics (phones and cameras), pens, paper

· Same procedure if arriving after 0930.

· Gallery Pass only allows access to the Public Gallery.

· Security Pass allows access to other areas (RSVP Jessica for both). 

10:00 – 10:30 AM – Media Studio – Everyone

· Press Conference (Open to the public)

· Jack MacLaren, MPP, Carleton-Mississippi Mills

· Cindy Moyer, Huron-Perth Landowners Association

· Brian Barnim, former Councillor, Municipality of Central Huron

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Chamber & East Public Gallery – Jack & Visitors 

· Question Period

· Visitors seated in the Public Gallery from 1030-1130.

· Presentation of Petition of Right to Attorney General will be at about 1115.

12:00 – 12:50 PM – Basement Cafeteria – Jack & Visitors

· Lunch

12:50 – 1:30 PM – Chamber & East Public Gallery – Jack & Visitors

· 1:00 PM 

· Jack introduces visitors and freeholders of Goderich Township

· 1:05 PM

· Jack makes Statement RE: Petition of Right

· Jack reads the accompanying petition (signed petition that accompanies the Petition of Right)

· Jack tables the signed petition and factum

1:30 – 3:30 PM – Location TBD – Everyone welcome

·  Reception


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the undersigned.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the undersigned.


Yours in liberty,




Jessica Lauren Annis, BURPl, MCIP, RPP

Executive Assistant

Jack MacLaren, MPP, Carleton-Mississippi Mills

PC Critc, Senate & Democratic Reform

Room 421, Queen’s Park

(416) 314-7900


The Petition of Right being pursued in Goderich represents the culmination of several years of hard work seeking to “right a wrong”, and has very important implications for Hope Township residents and Rural Redesign. If you are able to attend on 27Nov2014 please RSVP Jessica Annis as described above. This is a historically significant event and we should all do our best to support this initiative by Goderich.
For those with limited availability, the Question period from 1030 – 1130 during which time MPP Jack MacLaren will rise in the Chamber and present the Goderich Petition of Right to the Attorney General is the most important time for Rural Redesign to attend and demonstrate our support.
For those interested, GO trains leave Oshawa at 0838, 0908, and 0938 and arrive in Union Station at 0941, 1011, and 1041 respectively. From there it’s a short subway ride to Queen’s Park. (Check Google Maps for more detail).
Goderich Township map
Goderich Township map