CUFOA

Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis

Bruce & Donna Montague's
Constitutional Challenge

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April 15, 2013

The Honorable John Philip Gerretsen, MPP
Attorney General of Ontario
McMurtry-Scott Building
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2S9

Dear Mr. Gerretsen,

We call upon you to treat Bruce and Donna Montague justly, with fairness and respect. We are writing to voice our opposition to the destruction of the Montague's private property by your Ontario government.

Millions of responsible Canadians(1) like the Montagues, consider the licencing mandate of the Chretien Liberals' Bill C-68 an unjust violation of many of our civil rights, including the loss of our right to "have arms for their defence".(2, 3) But what makes Bruce and Donna different, from the millions of responsible firearms owners who covertly refuse to submit to what they consider a civil rights infringing and undeserved law, is that the Montagues actively and overtly participated in peaceful civil disobedience against Bill C-68.

Bruce took part in the Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association's (CUFOA's) demonstration(4) against this civil rights violating Act on Parliament Hill during its New Years Day rally in Ottawa in 2003. After that peaceful demonstration Bruce was involved in political action at the Conservative Party's National Convention in Montreal in 2005. Bruce not only took part in fabricating the firearms resolution but was also instrumental in forging the firearms resolution into the Conservative Party's firearms policy it is today.(5)

If Prime Minister Harper had implemented this firearms policy as he promised, the Conservative Government would have repealed the Liberals' Bill C-68, "Statutes of Canada 1995 Chapter 39, an Act respecting firearms and other weapons" in its entirety. Therefore, the Montagues would have been completely exonerated. But Mr. Harper has refused to "promote" the Conservative Party's firearms policy.(6)

The Montagues felt honest, open and peaceful civil disobedience would bring attention to the atrocities contained within Bill C-68 and provide a mechanism by which they could legally challenge the unjust Act within this nation's court system over constitutional issues held in the Act.(7)

Instead of respecting the Montagues’ open, honest, peaceful, non-violent actions, on September 2004 the OPP forcefully arrested the Montagues during a peaceful demonstration for his refusal to possess a firearms licence. Seven years dragged on after the initial arrest, until Bruce and Donna were finally convicted and severely punished, in Ontario, for what millions of Canadians do secretly every day; possess firearms without a license.(1) Bruce spent seven months behind bars for a "crime" in which no one was assaulted, robbed, injured, or harmed in any way. Bruce was also held in solitary confinement for fifteen days at the Kenora, Ontario, remand center during his incarceration. Many see solitary confinement as a cruel method of torture.(8)

Now your Government of Ontario intends to inflict more punishment, more hardship, more pain and suffering upon the Montagues. The Government of Ontario intends to destroy all of the firearms within the Montagues' valuable collection and even take their home and other possessions away from them.

Your legal maneuver is despotic, tyrannical, oppressive, sadistic and certainly not becoming of a free society. The Montagues were doing nothing more that expressing the views of responsible firearms owners across this nation.

We reiterate Mr. Gerretsen, treat the Montagues justly with fairness and respect; drop all civil actions against them and set them free.

Sincerely yours,


Joe Gingrich
Firearms Chairman, Nipawin Fish & Game League
Nipawin, Saskatchewan. S0E1E0

Sources:

1. MORE THAN ONE MILLION GUN OWNERS WITHOUT A FIREARMS LICENCE
http://www.garrybreitkreuz.com/breitkreuzgpress/Guncontrol37.htm

2. The English Declaration of Rights, 1689
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/17th_century/england.asp

3. To Keep And Bear Arms, The Origins of an Anglo American Right,
Joyce Lee Malcolm, Harvard University Press Cambridge, Massachusetts 1994

4. Ottawa, New Year's Day 2003, and Montréal 03 January 2003
http://www.cufoa.ca/thumbnails/ottawa/index.html

5. The Conservative Party Policy - March 2005
http://www.conservative.ca/media/20050319-POLICY%20DECLARATION.pdf
The Conservative Party Policy - March 2005

6. Mr. Harper Has Not Kept his Promise to Firearms Owners
http://www.cufoa.ca/aticles/licensing/licensing_29_nov_2012.html

7. How Bill C-68 Violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Dr. Ted
Morton
http://www.lowe.ca/Rick/FirearmsLegislation/charterViolations.htm

8 Alone and suffering: Solitary confinement is its own form of torture
by George Will 02/21/2013
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/will022113.php3

CC:
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
The Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan
The Honourable Gordon Wyant, Minister of Justice, Saskatchewan
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety
The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Justice