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Nipawin Journal

20 January 2010

Never be denied human rights

It's time for the Wall government to enshrine our individual property rights into a Sask. Bill of Rights. That would mean that Canadians could never be denied these human rights inherited from England, as they now are. Our right to private property, is one of the oldest and most fundamental rights in our British-Canadian legal history. Our property rights were deliberately omitted from Trudeau's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These smothered rights still exist for us, but not in the Charter. Although rights can not be extinguished they still must be legally pursued to use. Property rights provide us protection of our privately owned property from government expropriation. They can be traced to the Magna Carta (1215); the English Bill of Rights (1689); John Locke's Second Treatise (1690), and William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1675-1679. They are imported into Canadian Law by the preamble of the BNA (British North America) Act of 1867. Until these rights are legally placed into the Charter or a provincial Bill of Rights, Canadians are unable to hold property. For example, without individual property rights the former Liberal government was not required to pay disabled veterans billions of dollars in interest on their benefits. Former Liberal finance minister Paul Martin "used" the veterans' funds to help wipe out Canada's deficit and balance his budget in the early 1990s. The Supreme Court upheld this "acquisition" by our federal govt. in Authorson v. Canada (Attorney General) 2003.

Also, suppression of our property rights permits the Harper govt. to remove firearms from innocent responsible Canadian gun owners by employing the Firearms Act and criminal code. In addition, under provincial seizure of criminal property Acts, police merely need to think a person possesses proceeds of crime such as cash, homes and other property before the provinces can impound one's property. This confiscation of property can be done without due process of law and without just compensation to Canadians.

Today, we can address this infringement of our civil rights by enshrining individual property rights into the Sask. Bill of Rights. Ask your Saskatchewan Party MLAs to stop suppressing our property rights.

Joe Gingrich
Nipawin, Saskatchewan