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This Case Epilogue written February 1, 2017 is intended to provide context to this web site as it documents a Canadian constitutional challenge spanning from 2004 to 2016. Bruce Montague determined to expose the constitutional violations in the Canadian Firearms Act. After being charged, mounting a constitutional challenge and appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada, Montague's case was dismissed without reasons. With Bruce in jail, the Montagues then faced an another twist of injustice -- the confiscation of their home and property by the Ontario government. The Montagues fought the civil forfeiture of their home for years until, in the summer of 2016, the Canadian Constitution Foundation was instrumental in negotiating with the Ontario Civil Forfeiture department to drop the lien against the Montague home. The Canadian Constitution Foundation deserves our support as they continue to fight other cases of injustice around the country. YOU COULD BE NEXT! Canada is undergoing a quiet revolution and your fundamental rights and freedoms are at stake!
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Feb 18, 2010: Appeal Court Hearing Summary

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Over five years after their arrest on September 11, 2004, Bruce and Donna Montague had their day in court at the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto.

It's taken months of legal preparation, a 18,000km drive to Toronto for the Montagues, and over two hundred thousand dollars of generous donations from liberty-loving Canadians across the country for the case expenses.

After the Rally outside, everyone moved over to the court room for a 10:30am start. The courtroom was packed with supporters, leaving many to stand.

The Montagues' lawyer Mr. Christie argued that Canadians have a fundamental right to self-protection, which entails the right to possess effective tools for that purpose.

The appeal was heard by the Honourable:
Justice Michael Moldaver
Justice James MacPherson
Justice Eleanore Cronk

Mr. Douglas Christie was given 2 hours to present the Montagues' appeal issues and completed his submissions by 12:30pm. Mr. Christie established that, despite opinion comments in various precedent judgements, no Canadian court had directly considered the question before the court -- that of the fundamental right of possession of firearms for self-defense.

He went on to argue that the constitutional heritage of Canada gives citizens the right to security of person through section 7 of the Charter, rights which the court has an obligation to uphold against infringements by parliament.

The crown was given 1.5 hours to respond, but took only 30 minutes to answer the justices on the questions of 1) the crown's inflamatory address, 2) the changing of the charges, 3) the cruel and unusual 18 month jail sentence for a non-violent crime, and 4) the crown's bid for forfeiture of the Montagues' firearms.

The justices anticipated that they would release their ruling shortly.

For more information or comment, contact Bruce Montague at 416 497 9309 or 647 292 9199 until February 20, 2010. Contact Bruce at 807 937 2197 after February 20, 2010.

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