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"In Canada we do not flog our citizens who protest,
we merely strip them of their homes."

From: Kingsley Beattie
Subject:  Canadian Supreme Court condones abuse of power
Date: April 2, 2015 11:03 a.m.
To: mcguinty.d@parl.gc.ca, jfraser.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, harper.s@parl.gc.ca

Could you gentlemen do anything at all to prevent the Crown from using the Profits of Crime Act to seize the Montague family’s last remaining asset; the home they all built together.

Bruce Montague, like I and many others, protested against Bill C-68, which we viewed as a costly and useless attack on the historical rights of honest gun owners; with no impact what so ever on the criminals.

The State seems determined to terrorize any one who dares to openly challenge its authority and get some publicity doing it. Given that we all wanted to challenge the validity of the law, the OPP did not have to send a tactical squad to arrest Bruce at the gun show; and, leave his young daughter all alone. They could have phoned him and asked Bruce to turn himself in. I suspect they wanted a dramatic show of state power.

Bruce was convicted and served his prison sentence, his business closed and assets seized. It is most unlikely that their home was built with “profits of crime”.

I was at the demonstration on Parliament Hill when nine of us were trying to get arrested to challenge Bill C-68. One of the Ottawa Police officers told my son that they had been ordered not to arrest me because of “optics”. I was, and remain, an old man on crutches!

I would be grateful if you help!

Kingsley Beattie

"Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and fined 
for criticizing Saudi Arabian clerics."

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper ... has said Ottawa's influence is 
limited by the fact he is not a Canadian citizen."

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/life/Quebec+support+imprisoned+blogger/10940045/story.html

In Canada we do not flog our citizens who protest,
we merely strip them of their homes.

        "Adding insult to injury, with the Montagues’ reputations destroyed, 
their life’s savings taken, Bruce’s career ended, and their home in 
jeopardy."

Posted by Ed. Hudson
02 April 2015

Canadian Supreme Court condones abuse of power
       
By Derek From
http://theccf.ca/articles/canadian-supreme-court-condones-abuse-power-2/

  On November 20th, the Supreme Court of Canada permitted the federal 
government to take Bruce and Donna Montague’s life’s savings. The 
Montagues’ story is a cautionary tale for those who engage in civil 
disobedience – it’s dangerous to stand up against the government.

Like most small business owners, Bruce and Donna Montague had their 
life’s savings invested in their business. Bruce worked as a gunsmith 
near Kenora, Ontario. Bruce and Donna moved there to get out of the 
hustle and bustle of southern Ontario. Together, they built a home, 
raised a family, and started a business.

But it all started to unravel in 1995 when the Firearms Act came into 
force ramping up Canada’s gun licencing laws.

An act of civil disobedience

Having an intimate knowledge of firearms and firearms culture, Bruce 
was outraged by the gun registry of then-Liberal Justice Minister Alan 
Rock. Bruce viewed it as an unconstitutional attack on the property 
rights of law-abiding firearms owners. He was determined to see the 
law repealed so he organized protests throughout Canada.

Putting his convictions to the test, in 2002, Bruce allowed his 
firearms business licence to expire. And in the following year, he 
allowed his firearms acquisition licence to expire. There is no 
question that he would have been permitted to renew these licences, 
yet Bruce deliberately chose not to do so as an act of civil 
disobedience. His plan was to goad the Canadian government into 
arresting him so that he could challenge of the Firearms Act in court.

For a time, Bruce carried on business as normal, knowing all the while 
he could be arrested at any moment. He remained a respected individual 
in his community with even local RCMP officers relying on him to 
service their firearms. And all the while, he continued to organize 
protests throughout Canada – including one on Parliament Hill.

When the government finally cracked down on Bruce, it was harsh and 
excessive. He was attending a gun show in September 2004 when half a 
dozen police officers showed up to drag him off to prison, leaving his 
12-year-old daughter stranded and alone.

In the ensuing trial, Bruce did not dispute the fact that he had 
broken the law. After all, he permitted his licences to lapse so that 
he could challenge the Firearms Act in court. In the end, Bruce was 
convicted of 26 possession offences – none for being a threat to the 
public peace. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison with a lifetime 
ban on possessing firearms. Donna was convicted of a single possession 
offence and sentenced to six months’ probation.

Not satisfied with stripping Bruce of his freedom and career, the 
Canadian and Ontario governments began scrambling to seize the 
Montague’s property, including over $116,000 worth of family 
heirlooms, books, ammunition, and firearms.

The effect was devastating for Bruce and Donna. Like other small 
business owners, they had the bulk of their life’s savings invested in 
their business. By confiscating the ammunition and firearms, the 
government left them on the brink of a financial disaster.

And this brings us to November 20th’s Supreme Court decision. The 
court has upheld the forfeiture of the Montagues’ property. Their 
life’s savings are gone. Apparently, there is no leniency for those 
engaged in peaceful acts of civil disobedience.

Abuse of power isn’t over yet

But sadly, this decision is not the end of the story. Ontario also 
wants to confiscate the Montagues’ family home. Bruce and Donna built 
this home themselves. It was completed before Bruce allowed his 
licences to lapse. They have never had a mortgage on their home and 
did not borrow money to build it. Despite this, Ontario wants to steal 
their house under the provincial Civil Remedies Act calling it an 
“instrument of unlawful activity”.

Adding insult to injury, with the Montagues’ reputations destroyed, 
their life’s savings taken, Bruce’s career ended, and their home in 
jeopardy, the Ontario government offered to settle out-of-court. 
Ontario will let the matter drop if the Montagues cough up $50,000 and 
agree never to talk about it. Bruce and Donna have rejected the offer 
outright. In their view, it is extortion and accepting it would strip 
them of one of the few things they have remaining – their convictions.