Adventure Journal

Sunday, 27 September 2009

The Canadian Government Stole From Me...

The Canadian Government Stole From Me

When I am out in the world, I try to be a good Canadian Citizen. I defend the politics of the country, and tell people I meet we do have freedom here.

As a Canadian I have done my best to ignore the nay-sayers and people who say the government is oppressive and caters to the whiney-loosers. I even defend Canada when people tell me that all they read about is how the squeaky wheels get all the grease.

By far I'm not a political activist. I'm an Adventurer who works hard to be proud of his country.

Today, I'm ashamed of my government.

Some people may not know that I'm a World War 2 collector. Growing up in a military family I was taught to believe that the people who fought in World War 2 gave their lives so we could enjoy freedom and be protected from oppressive arbitrary governments and live our lives with respect and dignity. War relics keep that history alive and make sure we never forget all those people who died for the freedom of the future.

A recent court decision brought about by the “Honourable” Justice Sachs on September 17, 2009 shows that Canada is not a land of freedom, but in some ways a land of oppression no better than the world our forefathers fought so hard against.

About a decade ago I purchased a series of World War II relics which, due to their controversial nature have to be licensed, locked, and stored in a specific manner. As a law abiding citizen I follow the law to the letter. I always have.

Out of no-where I get a letter from the government stating they made an error in some paperwork and as a result of an error they made, I am no longer able to keep these pieces of history and must turn them in for destruction without compensation.

No compensation, for an error made by the government, and costing me, a law-abiding citizen thousands of dollars to acquire these pieces of history.

Like many militaria collectors, I fought hard with my lawyer Edward L. Berlew (LLB) a decade long battle to tell the government “Leave my property alone!” and to show them that a bunch of WWII collectables which have been doing nothing but keeping the past alive and collecting dust in a locker somewhere, are no harm to the public, or anyone else. It didn't matter in the end.

After buying pieces of our past and history a decade ago, I now have to “dispose of or export” pieces of history.

It doesn't matter if you believe collecting pieces of World War 2 history is a waste of time, or you believe that certain pieces of history shouldn't be owned by citizens – the bottom line is that the Canadian Government is wilfully forcing us to give up our property.

This court decision was made quietly without any media attention, so there will be no public outcry about our rights being infringed.

Decisions by the Canadian court such as this bring shame to Canada and make it seem as though our parents and grandparents gave their lives up for nothing!

Shame on you Canada! Shame on you for stealing from your people, and showing the world you are no better than the governments our people died to fight against.

Lest We Forget.

"First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist; Then they took our guns, and I did not speak out—because I didn't like guns; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me." - Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)


ADDENDUM: Copies of this blog have been forwarded to the Prime Minister of Canada and other Members of Parliment in the Canadian Government