Tyranny in the Great White North
"The courts have just effectively fined me $1,000 in travel expenses. This is shit," fumed former political prisoner Brad Love in an exclusive interview with CAFE today from Fort McMurray.
On March 19, Mr. Love was arrested and slapped in handcuffs after addressing a meeting of the Canadian Association for Free Expression in Toronto. The maximum impact takedown with a reporter and photographer from the Globe and Mail in tow, was accomplished by eight burly Toronto detectives to arrest the unarmed bricklayer political letter writer.
Apparently, the Metro cops had no trouble dragging themselves away from dealing or not dealing with out of control Jamaican gangbangers whose gunfire is regularly heard throughout North Rexdale. "Book him, Danno, six counts of writing non-violent letters to B'nai Brith and the York University Student Union."
Someone up top, unable to deal with out of control immigrant crime, has decided to target Mr. Love for frequently criticizing just such crime. His letters, it was charged, violated his parole conditions for, get this, writing other political letters. [No, you're not reading a story about Burma or Red China.]
When he was finally granted bail, Mr. Love's sister-in-law had been forced to put up the entire equity of her home, $110,000, as bail. Mr. Love's lawyer, Peter Lindsay, was dumbfounded, explaining that he's seen people charged with murder, yes murder, not writing letters, get out on $100,000 bail. While Mr. Love has two jobs in Alberta. his bail conditions required him to reside with with his brother, work in Ontario, write no letters to anyone without their express permission, and, like a bad little boy, be in by 10:00 p.m.
He went back to Court and had the bail conditions amended. He had to post a further $22,000 cash -- not surety or promise. Having paid this extortion, he was allowed to return to Alberta and his job, still, of course under the letter writing prohibition gag order.
In 2003, Mr. Love was sentenced to 18 months in jail under Canada's infamous "hate law" for having written non-violent letters to approximately 20 politicians and the thin-skinned police chief of York Region, Armand LeBarge, who initiated the charges, after Mr. Love wrote him a letter twitting him for spending $750,000 on a mobile command centre, when some of the major crime problems in York Region are grow-ops run by Vietnamese criminals and drug pushing by other poorly screened immigrant groups.
Mr. Love's trial for his letter-writing "breach of probation" is set for May 3-4, 2010. However, he was informed by the law office of Peter Lindsay, his lawyer, that he must return to Toronto in person, February 9, to confirm his trial date and, that, despite the fact that he has a lawyer, empowered to represent him.
So, Mr. Love must pay to fly back to Ontario and take time off work to agree in person to a date he and his lawyer have already agreed to.
"This truly is abuse by process and punishment by process at the hands of a highly politicized judicial system," commented Paul Fromm, director for the Canadian Association for Free Expression.