McHale returns to Caledonia

Posted: September 12, 2008 in Attorney General of Ontario, Caledonia, Election 2008, Gary McHale, Headlines, Jeff's Blogs

September 12, 2008

After 10 months in exile at the hands of a trumped up “counseling mischief not committed” charge by the OPP, Gary McHale returned to Caledonia today after a hearing with Judge Marshall and the crown, but while the absurd bail condition that he could not enter Caledonia was lifted, a new tougher set of conditions designed to obstruct his charter rights are now in place.

The hearing in which the conditions were hashed out took place in an in camera meeting (closed to the public), but before that happened, the crown stood up in open court and stated “Gary speaking to a group of people about a smoke shack is the same as Gary protesting at a smoke shack in terms of risk to public safety”

While most of us understand actions to speak louder than words, Mitch Hoffman apparently believes the opposite to be true when the words are coming from Gary McHale as most of his new restrictions revolve around the number of people he can speak with at any given time in Caledonia.

In a public place such as a coffee shop, Gary is allowed to speak to not more than 10 people at any given time or he will be arrested. Yes folks you read that correctly. If he’s speaking to 10 residents and one more person comes along to hear what their Independent candidate has to say, he has to stop campaigning or face arrest.

While going door to door campaigning, Gary is allowed to travel with not more than 15 people or he will be arrested.

While in a private home Gary is allowed to be in the company of not more than 50 people or he will be arrested unless he phones the OPP to give them time to prepare for the riot that the crown claims will take place if Gary McHale speaks to 50 constituents at one time during his campaign.

Gary can visit the families on the Sixth Line and those on Thistlemoore and Braemar, but if he visits Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell, he will be arrested. Yes they are registered voters, and Gary McHale may be their elected MP on October 14, but he will be arrested if he stops at their home while campaigning.

Isn’t it wonderful to live in a Country as free as Canada?

Jeff Parkinson
  1. Mary-Lou says:

    This is the most absurd thing I have ever read.
    If he is elected will he only be allowed in the House of Commons if there is less than fifty present????
    Can Dave and Dana talk to him on a telephone???
    How is Gary supposed to be responsible for how many people who wish to hear is campaign comments?????
    This better also be sent to the Human Rights Commission. It is excessively punitive for such an obsure charge.

  2. Mary-Lou says:

    I forgot one point. Powless tried to beat the crap out of Gary and was not restricted to staying away from Caledonia or limited to the amount of people in a gathering he could be with. The courts that put this on Gary need to be investigated for compicency with the OPP in witholding the rights of citizens in this Province.

  3. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    Good points Mary-Lou.

    To answer your questions the restriction on his freedom of speech and freedom of association only apply to Caledonia and Hagersville so yes Gary could go to the House of Commons and function without having to notify the OPP. Yes he can talk to Dave and Dana on the phone.

    If more than 10 people try to hear his campaign comments in a public place, he has to stop campaigning and walk away.

  4. WL Mackenzie Redux says:

    It’s an obvious breech of democratic participatory rights and charter rights to association and mobility. It is politically motivated and it is unjustifiable as Gary has never been proven to be a public menace. He is a principled honest man experiencing the treatment reserved for maicreants like Earnst Zundle. Those responsible for this civil outrage are as despicable unCanadain scum as any 10 Zundles.

    This is unprecedented in the history of Canadian democratic process and the media will want to know the names of the asshats who think their personal agendas and legal subterfuge trump our democratic right to have official candidates free to associate with and speak to constituents.

    Absolute civil blasphemy. Names should be named and fed to the media and elections Canada.

    I hope Gary files a complaint with federal authorities over this.

  5. ELN says:

    After reading this page…I’ve had to question what country do I live in?? These draconian restrictions could have been applied to a Russian citizen living in the U.S.S.R. about twenty years ago, but now, we’ve seemed to have traded places with the communists. Something is seriously wrong here!

  6. WL Mackenzie Redux says:

    ELN says: ” Something is seriously wrong here!”

    Sure is, and it’s sitting in the Premier’s office directing a soviet styled dystopian regime.

  7. Aaron says:

    I lived in USSR but could not recall that restrictions like that were ever imposed. We had the infamous 100 km radius zone around Moscow which was off limits for those who served their time in jail, but no one never had their constitutional rights restricted by a judge. Maybe that is what makes common law different from criminal code/civil code system which USSR used and Russia keeps using: under the various codes the judges cannot make law, they can only apply the law as written. The common law judges are essentially equal to lawmakers, although unelected.

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