REXDALE, January 14, 2015, Former political prisoner Brad Love kicked off the 37th year of the monthly Alternative Forum in Toronto tonight with a spirited talk about his persecution over the past two decades for writing and calling politicians and media and speaking his mind.
Brad Love “Citizen Journalist” Opens 37th Year of Alternative Forum
“I only care about my people, not Israel or immigrants,” he said, outlining his philosophy.
“I spent all day trying to get my father into extended care, after a hip replacement operation. Harper has spent nearly $800-million on aid to Haiti, but our medical system cannot deliver,” he added. “Our government spends millions on fighting Ebola, but no one here has Ebola. We spend money on gay marches and multiculturalism, but we can’t get my dad into a nursing home. He’s worked all his life here.”
Recounting the events of last year, he said: “I spent one year in jail for breach of probation.” He had sent packages of information and commentary to several Toronto Jewish groups, having obtained oral consent on the phone. Nevertheless, he was convicted of “breach of probation” and given a draconian 18 months in jail. His conditions had forbad him to write to “anyone” without their consent. [These conditions were imposed in Ontario, not North Korea.]
“The average black crack pusher gets 60 days for a breach. I get 18 months. I am a working guy who works 84 hours a week and no longer even lives in Ontario!”
“Nobody in the newspapers would cover my trial. I had to fly back for repeated hearings 10 times — that’s airfare, car rental, legal fees for a minor breach. They brought in major fingerprint experts for this little breach. They should be working on bank robberies, not a non-violent breach,” he argued.
“I was kept beyond my release date so that sheriff’s deputies could travel from Alberta to arrest me. I was taken in a wheelchair in shackles through Toronto International; Airport. How I got on a plane with no ID, I don’t know. When we arrived in Alberta, I was taken to Leduc. I had a bail hearing by telephone with JP. The Crown said I had no roots in Fort McMurray. I’d worked there for 10 years!,” he exclaimed. “The JP then asked me how much money I had on me. I had $961. I had to post $900. There I was five hours away from home. I was released in a town where I knew nobody at 6:00 a.m. With my remaining money, I took a cab to a bank machine to withdraw money to fly back home.”
This coming Monday, he explained, “I go on trial in Fort McMurray for writing letters to the editor of the local paper Fort McMurray Today and for having had a n argument with a representative of OXFAM collecting money in a local mall, I had said, why are you digging wells in Africa. The blacks must be standing around laughing at these silly Whites digging them wells, while they stand around idle.” These do gooders, he added, “are the types who’;d step over a homeless person in their own city.”
Mr. Love noticed [police hanging around his home a few weeks back. “The police presence sends a message” to the neighbours that the letter-writer is a dangerous person.
“The local paper says ‘we want to hear your comments.’ I wrote to them, I bombarded the editor for years.”
“The judge has said I cannot cross-examine the complainants.” Mr. Love will be representing himself, with the assistance of Paul Fromm of the Canadian Association for Free Expression. Mr. Love is charged with “harassment” and “sending scurrilous material through the mails.”
“These charges are 20 months old,” Mr. Love noted. “My right to a speedy trial has been violated.”
“When I appear in Court,” he explained, “I am animated as I am here tonight. They always have special deputies sitting there. They are used to Newfies or natives,” who tend to be passive. “The IQ in Fort Mac is room temperature,” he quipped.
“The lawyers there are afraid of free speech. One Fort McMurray lawyer said to me, ‘I’m not comfortable with you,’ but they’d eagerly represent a native axe murderer.”
“If you write about immigration and black crime, White cops will come and arrest you, White lawyers will prosecute you. Why? If Love is right and cutting immigration would reduce crime, then it could mean our jobs. The police forces could lose 40% of their force. We’re the bogeyman. Our own people have sold us out!” he charged.
While in jail in Lindsay, he said, “my mail was held without a court order. I was specially punished. When I was released, they gave me 138 letters that had been held.”
“I consider myself a citizen journalist,” he explained.
“When I speak to people in Fort McMurray of these matters, they resent me because I remind them of their own cowardice,” he concluded. A lively discussion and question-and-answer session followed and those in attendance cheered Mr. Love and wished him every success at next week’s trial.