Firearms Owners Association
April 15, 2013
The Honorable John Philip Gerretsen, MPP
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If Prime Minister Harper had implemented this firearms policy as he promised, the Conservative Government would have repealed the Liberals' Bill C-68, "Statutes of Canada 1995 Chapter 39, an Act respecting firearms and other weapons" in its entirety.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
1. MORE THAN ONE MILLION GUN OWNERS WITHOUT A FIREARMS LICENCE
2. The English Declaration of Rights, 1689
4. Ottawa, New Year's Day 2003, and Montréal 03 January 2003
5. The Conservative Party Policy - March 2005
6. Mr. Harper Has Not Kept his Promise to Firearms Owners
7. How Bill C-68 Violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Dr. Ted
8 Alone and suffering: Solitary confinement is its own form of torture