ECO CHICANERY AT ITS WORST
Soylyndra-style wind turbines are about “power up” (as electrical output concomitantly goes down) in Ontario -- Canada’s most populous province.
Like Californians before them, residents of Ontario can look forward to soaring energy costs and budget deficits, while “progressive” crony-capitalists -- like George Soros & his business friends – rake in big bucks thanks to rigged government subsidies for their “environment-friendly” initiatives.
But for once, ordinary citizens have had enough and are fighting back ... thanks to the backing of Canada’s home-grown CONSERVATIVE cable channel, “The Sun News Network.”
Using the same “crowd sourcing” financing techniques that have allowed conservative filmmakers, like Dinesh Dsouza, to bankroll their conservative documentary films, Canada’s Sun News Network has filmed “DOWN WIND”, an anti-turbine-power (aka anti-green) documentary which will premiere on this Canadian cable channel tomorrow night (at 8:00 P.M. ET ).
According to Sun News channel, ‘Down Wind’ is a “tell-all film that deals head on with how Ontario politicians rammed through green energy laws and dashed forward with the installation of thousands of wind turbines across the province's farmland and countryside.”
Further, according to Sun News, the film exposes “how THE LIGHTS OF LIBERTY WENT OUT for Ontario citizens who were deeply opposed to wind turbine projects in their localities”.
And if you’re looking for “good guys” to cheer for, this documentary regals us with the personal stories of “RURAL WARRIORS NOW FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS, HEALTH & HAPPINESS” (emphasis my own).
Now, without giving away too much about this Canadian documentary film, let me rhetorically ask American readers whether any of the following sounds just a bit familiar (shades of Solydra!):
First off, “Down Wind” uses official government documents to debunk the Ontario Liberal government's argument (ie, propaganda) which asserts that wind power is economically & environmentally sound.
Specifically, it (a) points to humongous subsidy costs for “wind power” in Ontario;
(b) The documentary film reveals the soaring cost of a fossil-fuel (e.g, natural gas) “back-up system” to keep Ontario’s power output at normal levels, when mother nature intervenes and winds subside for hours, days or even weeks.
And further (c) what would be a news story like this without sordid tales of illegal political contributions and lobbying by the same greedy “crony-capitalist” crowd who almost bankrupted the state of California with their “green” initiatives (“can you say ‘Solyndra’ and George Soros, boys and girls?”)
SO WHAT DO I THINK OF ALL THIS POLITICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHICANERY
In my opinion, this is definitely a documentary worth watching to remind all of us (1) why the mendacious Liberal government of Ontario – responsible for soaring electrical costs & record deficits, in what was once Canada’s best-governed province under Conservative leader Mike Harris – should be defeated in the impending provincial election;
(2) A reminder to American readers what is coming to a city or state near you, once Barack Obama’s now celebrated (by the NY Times) EPA greenhouse-gas restrictions -- for power plants -- kick in.
As I’ve already noted on this Facebook page, President Obama has pretty well lost every war his administration has engaged in, since he came to power.
Not to mention his latest delusional prisoner swap with the Taliban – trading one dishonorable American military deserter for the “top-five” murderous Gitmo residents.
So what does the White House do, as a distraction?
America’s community-organizer-in-chief, Barack Obama, unilaterally declares WAR on COAL!
BUT WHAT CAN AN ORDINARY CANADIAN OR AMERICAN CITIZEN DO TO REMEDY THESE OUTRAGES?
Well, let’s all vow to throw every one of these political bums out in the next elections (in Ontario & the U.S.)
And if you like view a preview of ‘Down Wind’, please click on the Web link below, or cut & paste it into the navigation pane of your Web browser:
And if you’re interested, please note that following the television release of this documentary, a DVD version -- including bonus features -- will be available for purchase at:
AN EXCESSIVELY PUNITIVE RULING THAT SHOULD MAKE ALL LOVERS OF LIBERTY NERVOUS
The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision to force Bruce and Donna Montague to forfeit their $100,000 firearms collection to the federal government should make all Canadians nervous.
AND BEWARE AMERICAN READERS, THIS COULD BE YOUR FATE SOON IF BARACK OBAMA SUCCEEDS IN PACKING THE U.S. SUPREME COURT WITH HIS ‘PROGRESSIVE’ NOMINEES
Bruce is a talented gunsmith.
He violated the law by purposely letting his firearms business license and firearms acquisition certificates expire as an act of protest against the complex licensing and gun registration laws that came into effect in Canada in 1995.
Bruce expressed his principled opposition to the new regime by carrying on his business and publicly (but peaceably) challenging the constitutionality of the gun laws.
Eventually, Bruce was charged and put behind bars — sentenced to 18 months in jail and 90 days’ community imprisonment, followed by a year of probation.
He did his time without complaint or trouble.
In fact, Bruce spent much of his jail time tutoring other inmates and helping out around the facility.
But the government was apparently not to be satisfied until it had punished him for his insolent protest by taking everything that Bruce and Donna have worked for over their lives.
GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS GONE WILD
The Candian federal government used its criminal forfeiture power to try to take the aforementioned firearms (a collection that includes Bruce’s business inventory and constitutes the bulk of Bruce and Donna’s life savings) without giving Bruce or Donna a dime.
And the Ontario provincial government went after the same collection in a civil forfeiture proceeding, but added Bruce and Donna’s HOUSE, which Bruce built with his own hands, to the list.
Ontario’s justification for trying to take the Montagues’ family home?
The government lawyers argue it was a “proceed or instrument of unlawful activity.”
Which is pretty interesting given that the only one standing to make any proceeds off of Bruce’s unlawful activity is the government itself.
Which brings us back to yesterday’s decision.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the feds can indeed arbitrarily expropriate Bruce and Donna’s firearms collection — can relieve the Montagues of $100,000 worth of their own property — despite the fact that no one was hurt by Bruce’s acts of protest.
Something has gone wrong in the pursuit of justice here
That’s the part that should make everyone nervous. It is of course fair to expect the government to punish those who break the law.
But it’s also fair to expect that the punishment will be proportional to the crime committed — that it will NOT be excessively punitive to the wrongdoer and that it will NOT be a cash grab to fill government coffers.
Can anyone maintain that expectation after yesterday’s result?
Are we now to understand that financial ruination is a decent and acceptable way for the federal government to punish FIREARMS licensing offences?
I have a feeling that some liberal readers might “tune out” about Bruce and Donna’s case because it involves firearms, assuming this is just about “gun nuts.”
FOR ONCE THE POLICE HAVE GOT IT RIGHT
For the record, Bruce and Donna are NOT “gun nuts.” They’re proud parents (soon to be proud grandparents) and well-respected members of their community. Before Bruce lost his business, many of his GUNSMITHING customers were local law enforcement agents.
Bruce and Donna are understandably exhausted, and still face the potential loss of their home in the civil trial.
I don’t know yet whether they will decide to appeal this criminal forfeiture decision to the Supreme Court of Canada; and as their legal adviser, my organization [the Canadian Constitution Foundation] will support whatever choice they feel is best for them.
There’s too much at stake for all Canadians’ property rights not to.
[Marni Soupcoff is executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, a non-profit legal charity that represents Bruce and Donna Montague: http://www.canadianconstitutionfoundation.ca/ ]