On September 23, 2010 the Montagues received a
from the office of the Attorney General resuming proceedings to confiscate their property as "proceeds of crime."
Civil Forfeiture Legal Documents Archive »
Let's be clear. Bruce Montague deliberately challenged the firearms law because he thought it was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court chose to ignore rather than to answer Bruce's challenge, though the question is of significant public interest.
Bruce was convicted and is doing time for paperwork violations, not violent crimes or acts endangering the public peace.
Now the Ontario Government is using its relatively new "organized crime" property confiscation legislation to take the Montague home.
Bruce did jail time as a political protester. Fine. Lots of good guys in history did jail time too in protest of entrenched societal injustice.
However, Bruce's wife and family should be left out of this. Confiscating the inheritance of the children (who are all at University now) and putting his wife on the street is an outrageous miscarriage of justice.
But that's what the office of the Attorney General of Ontario is proceeding to do.
Is the present Attorney General aware of what is happening? Is the Ontario government prepared to defend its actions to voters?
All Canadians who value their homes should feel compelled to write. Is this proceeds of crime legislation applied so loosely that you too could find yourself losing your home on account of a personal vendetta by government officials?
Contact Ontario Attorney General
It only takes three minutes to write to the
Ontario Attorney General
A letter sent to the AG by Doug Wightman is posted here along with other letters.
Contact Information for Ontario Politicians
Let's hold our politicians accountable for the consequences of this dangerous "proceeds of crime" legislation.
Write Attorney General of Ontario, John Gerretsen, MPP
Write to the Office of the Attorney General: contact»
Sarah Campbell, MPP (Bruce's MPP)
Premier Kathleen Wynn, MPP
Randy Hillier, MPP (Conservative, property rights advocate).
Find your Ontario MPP using this
list of current MPPs »
Read more about this "guilty till proven innocent" proceeds of crime law
Read the act itself: Civil Remedies Act, 2001 »
In 2009 the AG boasted of having confiscated $11 million and having $39 million frozen
Interestingly the legislation being used against the Montagues was sponsored by the then Ontario AG Jim Flaherty: Bill 155, Remedies for Organized Crime and Other Unlawful Activities Act, 2000 »
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