Participatory Citizenship, a democratic Love story.

May 15, 2013

By Robert James When I heard of the trials and tribulations one Canadian citizen has, and continues to face for writing non-violent, non-threatening letters I was aghast. Most people have never taken the opportunity to question their government’s policies, or rebut their agenda; others have hidden their personal opinions from the clearly biased reporting of major media. Yet what can happen when a private individual, via personal correspondences with politicians and newspapers decides to take a stand and debate the facts? In the traditional form of democracy barely still memorable; it was not only the Average Joe’s right to engage his elected officials, it was a sacred duty of every active Canadian citizen. Brad Love at 54 years of age is an old school family man, always an upbeat neighbour to everyone and shows a strong work ethic, regrettably not instilled in the post-Trudeau era. At one time a construction worker and bricklayer in Etobicoke, Brad found (as most reliable blue collar blokes do) the real work and pay is in Alberta’s industry rich promised land. After leaving the GTA Brad without delay found work in Fort McMurray – Canada’s heart for black gold, next door to the Athabasca Oil Sands. Often getting up to 84 hours of work in some weeks, Bard makes it clear he does not pay half of his wages in taxes… the government just takes what they want before the ink is dry on his well earned paycheque. You think more then anyone Brad should have the freedom to write letters to members of parliament or newspapers during his lunch break about how his… not the government’s, his money is being used. Well our Canadian government seems not to think so and have harassed, imprisoned, tried to bankrupt, confiscated private property, and even illegally revoked his charter rights. What murderous act of savage terrorism did Brad Love commit to become an enemy of the state? Honestly, he used an old fashioned typewriter to write non-violent, non-threatening letters… THAT’S IT! As any Canadian should be, Brad Love is highly critical of half his pay being used to fund a varied number of social programs including immigration, restorative justice and foreign aid. For such “crimes” he is having his life and finances broken apart for simply using his democratic rights to privately contact his elected officials and the media. If that does not get our readers upset, maybe the fact Canada runs their own internal kangaroo court system (spending millions per year to prosecute people like Brad) should. What is more we need to be ever vigilant of the growing police state following orders form the quasi-official, self-elected nanny state who now uses our own police force to intimidate and provoke what it considers to be political dissidents. Someone in the government did not like what he read, and stripped Brad of most of his fundamental freedoms under the Canadian Charter. Does that mean fundamental freedoms do not apply to a citizen when the government says so? “The average crack dealer would get legal aid for free, spend 20 minutes in court and get maybe 60 days in prison” Brad commented. In his case Mr. Love has spent the past four years flying back and forth from his small town in Alberta to Toronto, spending a countless fortune to battle the so-called “criminal justice system”. Brad has also spent six months behind bars after being encouraged to plead guilty by his own lawyer who quickly took his payment and has since abandoned his client. Unconstitutionally Brad was ordered by the courts not to write to ANYONE without expressed consent. That means Brad can not dispute any discrepancies on a bill, can not plead his case with the court of public opinion, or even send out birthday wishes and Christmas cards. Yet what’s more even with express consent, the kangaroo courts – agreeing that Brad did not break his probation by calling before hand; still found him guilty of breach of probation… So you are technically innocent, but paradoxically guilty by Canadian legal standards?!?! Inciting subversion of state power is still a crime under the law of the Communist State of China, used against human rights campaigners, democracy supporters, and political reformists. Most of those convicted did nothing more then write letters or make statements that were critical of their government. How could we, as a free people allow the Canadian government to let our legal system take advice from Mao Tse-tung’s evil little red book?

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