October 3, 2005
720 Bay St.
October 3, 2005
Legislation designed to confiscate property from those that have made their
money through illicit means was hailed as a major victory by many of us. At
last, those in organized crime, for which the bill was primarily meant,
would not be able to keep the assets they accrued thought their criminal
activities. Those against the legislation indicated we were on a slippery
slope, and that the legislation could be used to seize anyone's property if
the government choose to do so. I, for one, scoffed at such an argument.
However, it seems those people were correct, for now I hear your government
has chosen to seize the property of a law abiding citizen, whose only crime
has been to choose not to register his guns. This is hardly someone the law
was designed to target. In fact, Mr. Montague, an otherwise law abiding
citizen, has openly defied a bad law, and his arrest is for this, nothing
more. Surely the seizure of his property was made without your authority and
you will move to stop such a travesty of justice. If, in fact, you were
aware of this, perhaps you are not completely aware of all the
circumstances, given your busy schedule. I hope, once you are aware of the
issues surrounding the case you will reconsider.
Mr. Montague is doing something, based on his conscience, that he believes
is right. Openly defying bad legislation in a democratic society has always
been not only tolerated, but encouraged. It is not that Mr. Montague wants
anything special, he does wish to go to court and answer the charges and let
the court decide his fate. Please allow him to do this without further
hassles such as seizure of his assets, which will hinder his ability to
afford decent defence council. This would not be in the interest of justice.
Please let me know of your decision.
James W. Thacker
Odette School of Business
University of Windsor
Windsor Ontario N9C 3P4
Cc: Bob Runciman
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