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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Freedom movement news: The Moderate Separatist, The Fraser Institute, Tibor Machan, Pierre Lemieux, and the Canadian Constitution Foundation kick statist butt today

In freedom movement news today, Leigh Patrick Sullivan over at The Moderate Separatist is doing his part for free speech by promoting Ezra Levant’s new book Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights. Sullivan is calling the book a “must read” and writes:

In Shakedown, Levant goes into disturbing detail about his 900 day battle with the Alberta Human Rights Commission over his decision to print those dastardly infamous Muslim-themed Danish political cartoons in his Western Standard magazine.

Nice work, Sullivan – but why so moderate about Alberta secession?


The Fraser Institute is taking their fundraising machine south of the border. In a job posting, the Institute announced today that it is looking for a Director of Philanthropy, America, someone to squeeze cash from rich American donors.

The Fraser Institute is the best financed free market think tank in Canada, but the U.S. is where the serious cash is found for fiscal conservative and libertarian organizations. The Institute is adhering closely to rule #18 of The Laws of the Public Policy Process: “You can't save the world if you can't pay the rent.”

I only hope Fraser Institute bagmen get to their greenbacks before the Fed, the silent monster of hyper-inflation hiding behind every ruinous "stimulus" scheme.


Libertarian author and philosopher Tibor R. Machan will be speaking tonight in Jacksonville, North Carolina at Hilda's Restaurant in Northwoods Shopping Center.

Cool. I wish I could be there.


Former Western Standard columnist and gun rights advocate Pierre Lemieux will be challenging the Canadian gun control laws in defence of his right to self-defence. He will be in court in Mont-Laurier on May 26 and 27.

When renewing his firearms licence, Pierre refused to answer a question about his love life. Question 6(d) asks, "During the past two (2) years, have you experienced a divorce, a separation, a breakdown of a significant relationship, job loss or bankruptcy?" As an answer, he wrote, "My love affairs are none of your business."

For his defiance, on December 1, 2007, Pierre received a registered letter from the Québec provincial police, which administers the federal gun control laws in cooperation with the RCMP, notifying him that the "registration certificates" of his legally registered guns had been revoked.

You can join me in supporting Lemieux’s legal fight here.


Finally, former Western Standard columnist and lawyer Karen Selick has joined the Canadian Constitution Foundation as Litigation Director. The CCF is a great organization and the libertarian Selick is a wonderful addition.

I’m going to send the CCF a donation today using this link. That’s just the kind of guy I am.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on April 7, 2009 in Libertarianism | Permalink


Pierre is one more innocent victim of a police state gone mad. The most disgusting thing remains the fact that the state gun registry has zero effect on gun crimes or crimes of any nature. I believed from the start that it was fascism on the march with the goal of disarming all citizens. In fact, Allan Rock (unsure of spelling) even stated himself that only the police and military should have the right to bear arms.

I have a couple of happily married friends whose wives found the questions invasive and disgusting. One fellow mentioned that he doubts the same questions are put to a female applicant, and I suspect he is correct.

Posted by: Alain | 2009-04-07 7:54:17 PM

I'd say Levant should run for Czar of Alberta and lead us to independence, but I know it ain't gonna happen, and I'd hate to see a good man go broke trying.

Posted by: Pete | 2009-04-07 9:35:30 PM

When the gun control people called my wife to ask if it was ok with her for me to have a license, she said "Why in hell is this taking so long, of course its ok" She was actually truly annoyed that they called her at all. And she doesn't really like guns.
Yes the state is far too damned busy in this area.

And I hope Pierre does well.
Good Luck to Karen.

Posted by: JC | 2009-04-07 9:40:26 PM

Good luck to Pierre, I hope they don't destroy him like they have Bruce Montague.

Posted by: Pete | 2009-04-07 10:05:10 PM

The only reason that this question exists at all is as a sop to feminists like Wendy Cukier who think that men only buy guns so they can shoot their wives. Hell, that describes C-68 in its entirety. Even its most vocal proponents now admit it was never intended as a tool to fight crime, but was created so women could feel safe in their homes.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-04-08 6:28:27 AM

Hate to be picky but...

"the Institute announced today that it is looking for a Director of Philanthropy, America"

From FraserInstitute.org

"Director of Philanthropy, America
Posted: October 29, 2008"

Posted by: Freemarket Job Hound | 2009-04-08 7:10:22 AM

Thanks for being picky, Freemarket Job Hound. For some reason that notice appeared in my Inbox yesterday.

I guess it's not that easy to find such an individual.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-04-08 10:57:30 AM

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