It doesn’t matter if you’re a Canadian, an American, rich or poor when it comes to the MOST Foundational Freedom in any society, which is FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.
If any Freedom MUST be INVIOLABLE from the GET-GO . . . it MUST be our unencumbered ability to communicate by any means available, IN ANY LANGUAGE WE WISH, and say whatever it is we wish to say, write, or animate as long as what we convey is true, and not a call to arms to violate the Freedoms of others.
IN CANADA . . . FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IS UP TO ACTIVIST COURTS:
In parts of the MOSTLY English Province of Ontario (96% English – 4% French), because of very noisy ETHNOCENTRIC French Language Activists, GUTLESS Politicians, and ACTIVIST Judges . . . it is AGAINST the Law to post an English ONLY commercial sign.
YOU READ THAT RIGHT . . . It is against the law in FOUR communities near Canada’s Capital (Ottawa), where there is a significant French presence in each of these communities, to post a commercial sign that is in English ONLY.
HOW DID THIS MOST EGREGIOUS ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH COME TO BE?
Canada’s minority French community in Ontario is bending over backwards with the help of Ontario’s gutless ENGLISH government and ACTIVIST French/Bilingual Judges, to set themselves far apart from the 96% English majority by all disgraceful means possible.
Within the last ten years – here are just a few things Ontario’s ETHNOCENTRIC French community has done:
1 – Fly a Franco Ontarian Flag in front of all their cultural centers including schools, and in front of City Halls INCLUDING the City Hall of Ottawa.
What does the Franco Ontarian Flag represent?
It SCREAMS that they are a TRIBE of their own . . . that in a very SPECIFIC way, they are different from everyone else who is not part of their TRIBE, and that they are a NATION within a nation.
There are many serious problems with this sick mindset, but none as serious as the linguistic and cultural EXCLUSION it represents, while FEEDING off the English majority.
2 – French Ontarians have created for themselves (paid for on the ENGLISH PUBLIC PURSE) French ONLY publicly funded healthcare centers where sick or hurt English speakers are NOT welcome, such as in Cornwall Ontario.
3 – French schools have FORCED SEGREGATED school busses, such as in Alexandria Ontario, because they, the French, do not want English school children on the same bus with their French children.
4 – French schools have prohibitions on the use of English spoken between students anywhere on school property, even during lunch and recess.
5 – And then there are FORCED bilingual signs that make it ILLEGAL to post a sign in English ONLY. And that’s where I finally drew the line.
HOW FAR AM I WILLING TO GO TO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION?
a – I sent a mass mailing to every Russell Township household BEFORE the law was passed, warning that “The passage of such an anti-English law could result in BOYCOTTS against French owned stores . . . AND THAT WOULD BE A HORRIBLE THING. BUT WHAT OTHER CHOICE WOULD WE HAVE?”
There were charges laid against me with requests to the Ontario Provincial Police for my ARREST, because ETHNOCENTRIC Franco/Ontarian Activists took this message as a HATE CRIME.
Demands were made by the same ETHNOCENTRIC Franco/Ontarian Activists to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, which is INFAMOUS for defending the most objectionable LEFTISTS one could imagine, for them to use their considerable powers to punish me to the fullest extent of their authority, which was at that time quite substantial.
The Ontario Police were too busy with real crimes to pursue this stupidity, even though by law they had to open a file, which they promptly closed.
The Human Rights Commission would have loved to get their hands on me, but thought better of it knowing that I would have loved nothing more than an excuse for me to get my hands on them.
b – I took the Township of Russell to Superior Court for violating Freedom of Expression, as is GUARANTEED by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, by passing their FORCED Bilingual Sign Law.
The French side . . . fighting with Public Money hired one of Canada’s largest law firms (Heenan Blaikie), whose French Activist lawyer, who is no longer with that firm promised to crush me with costs if I didn’t walk away – LIKE THAT WAS EVER GOING TO HAPPEN.
The Judge (Monique Metivier), who is French, and is known as a French Activist Judge, came out with the most ridiculous ruling AGAINST ME that is nothing more than an insult to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
She also slapped me with $100,000 in costs. Do you think she was out to make a point?
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE BIAS?
c – I appealed the case to Ontario’s Three Judge Court of Appeal (akin to a US District Court), which, at the demand of the lawyer for the other side HAD TO BE BILINGUAL, even though 100% of the case was heard in the English language, which means that the THREE Judges were either French who speak English, or English with a proclivity towards the French.
It took Five Months for the Court of Appeals to RULE AGAINST me, in what has to be a challenge to the first ruling (Metivier’s), in terms of which of the two Judgments is the greater AFFRONT to the TRUE meaning and purpose of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Their unanimous Judgment AGREED that the FORCED Bilingual Sign Law VIOLATES Freedom of Expression, but . . . given the reason for it, according to them, IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
d – NOW ONTO THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA:
I have engaged the services of an extremely capable Lawyer whose specialties include Appeals, who can do the job for us if given a fair chance, which is very questionable.
WHAT ARE OUR PROSPECTS AT THE SUPREME COURT?
I don’t think the prospects are all that good for two reasons . . .
1 – The first step is to ask the Supreme Court for LEAVE to hear the case. But, since the Court of Appeals ruled unanimously, and since the case is a real HOT POLITICAL POTATO, it is very likely that they will decide NOT to hear it.
2 – The Supreme Court of Canada is a LEFTIST Court that is far too often too philosophical and academic for the good of the country. If it does decide to hear the case, it is more likely than not that they will agree that the infringement on Freedom of Expression is an acceptable price to pay to show deference to the French minority.
More than a half million dollars has already been spent . . . SO WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Should I quit and run away? Should I cut my losses and BEG the Courts not to cause me great financial pain with their draconian demand of costs?
OR SHOULD I GO TO WAR WITH ALL GUNS BLAZING?
If you’ve been a regular reader of this BLOG, I guess you already know the answer to that.
THE BATTLE PLAN IS IN THREE STAGES:
1 – Within a couple of weeks, I will send out an extremely creative and serious booklet to businesses throughout small town Ontario, informing them that as of now, any French Activist in their community can force them NOT to use their own language on their OWN signs – OR BE FINED.
And if this law is NOT won at the Supreme Court, it becomes not just the law of Ontario . . . but the LAW for all of Canada.
I will also ask them to ante-up, since this isn’t just my fight. Their RIGHTS are on the line. And if they chose NOT to fight for their RIGHTS, they simply don’t deserve to have them.
2 – I will be sending mass mailings through Canada Post to the people of Cities and Townships throughout Ontario, one City or Township at a time, asking them to ask their Mayor and Council to pass into law a declaration that will read as follows . . .
WE RECOGNIZE, CELEBRATE, AND EMBRACE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, AND WILL NEVER PASS ANY LAWS THAT VIOLATE THOSE FREEDOMS BY RESTRICTING THE RIGHT OF ANYONE TO EXPRESS HIMSELF OR HERSELF IN THE LANGUAGE OF HIS OR HER CHOICE, AS IS GUARANTEED BY SECTION 2B OF THE CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS.
I will follow-up each mailing with a personal meeting with the Mayor and Council in each of those communities, no matter how far flung.
So far, there are just FOUR pissant communities that have STRIPPED Canadians from their Freedom of Expression. I intend to ask more than FOUR HUNDRED to do just the opposite.
3 – The GUTLESS Politicians are about to learn what the fury of the majority is all about.
I intend to target from SIX to TWELVE Ridings, where Provincial Conservative Politicians are the most vulnerable, and organize an aggressive media campaign and series of mass mailings to encourage all Conservative voters to either stay at home, or vote for anyone else but the Conservative Candidate, if that Conservative doesn’t do what WE THE PEOPLE demand of him or her.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH with self-serving gutless Politicians who don’t have the courage or integrity to serve the people the way the people deserve to be served.
If the Conservatives want to behave like Liberals, trying to be everyone’s friend, including ETHNOCENTRIC French Tribalists so as not to rock their boat . . . WHO NEEDS THEM?
The amount of money that I’ve already spent fighting this case is deplorable. The amount of money that has been awarded against me by the Courts is disgraceful. And the amount of time and energy I’ve spent doing all of this is incalculable.
But . . . I guess that’s the price one pays to be a PATRIOT. Or has Patriot become a kind of corny word these days? . . . ALSO – I could wish that the person living with this aggravation and fighting this battle would be anyone else but me . . .
BUT IF NOT ME . . . WHO?
This is NOT going to be a short war. And it is NOT going to be part-time. NOR will it be cheap. So, whatever I can do to raise money to take on several levels of government, ETHNOCENTRIC Franco/Ontarians who are subsidized with our own English Tax Dollars, and Activist Courts . . . I intend to do.
I also intend to continue to focus on other issues such as the DISASTER who occupies the White House, who is placing the entire planet in jeopardy, because if he wins 4-MORE years, all the other problems will pale in comparison.
SO HERE’S MY INITIAL FUND-RAISER:
On Saturday, August 11th, (Sunday the 12th if there’s a rain delay) I will be hosting a HOT DOG BBQ with BURGERS, side dishes, and non-alcoholic beverages in the Pines on our farm.
The cost to attend is $25 per person regardless of age. Everyone is welcome, but needs to pre-register to attend.
It is going to take a great deal more than just a BBQ to raise the MANY hundreds of thousands of dollars we will need, but, as it has been so famously said before:
“The Thousand Mile March Begins With The First Step”
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov