An unrepentant Brad Love stood in the prisoners' box and
railed against political correctness Monday, before receiving a precedent-setting
18-month sentence for promoting hatred against minorities.
"You can't say anything in this country," Mr. Love, handcuffed
and dressed in blue overalls, told the court after pleading guilty to 20
counts of willfully promoting hatred.
"I have to question for myself the state of affairs in my own country,"
"Folks like me, sometimes we create our own vision."
That vision, according to the Crown attorney's office, was communicated
in numerous hate-filled letters to politicians, the national director of
a Holocaust studies group and even York Region's police chief.
The racist screeds often consisted of newspaper clippings to which Mr.
Love had added his own commentary, prosecutor Moiz Karimjee told Mr. Justice
"The message being communicated is direct and clear: These groups
must be despised," Mr. Karimjee said during the Ontario Court of Justice
hearing in Newmarket.
Justice Gorewich agreed with a joint submission from the prosecution and
defence, which called for a sentence of 11 months in jail in addition to
the seven months Mr. Love served in pre-trial custody. He was also placed
on probation for three years.
Mr. Love pleaded guilty to 20 counts of willfully promoting hatred; one
count of criminal harassment, two counts of sending scurrilous material
through the mail and one count of possession of a weapon dangerous to the
Mr. Karimjee hailed the sentence as the toughest ever handed down for promotion
"A precedent has been set today," he said. "This is the
highest sentence that has been handed down in Canada for hate mail."
Mr. Karimjee said the sentence was intended to send a message that police
and courts will diligently pursue those engaged in the spread of hateful
"Hate crime will be investigated thoroughly and prosecuted vigorously
by the Crown's office," he said.
Sgt. Heidi Schellhorn, of the York Regional Police hate crimes unit, also
applauded the sentence.
"I think it's going to send a strong message to the community,"
Jamie Klukach, the other half of the prosecution team, said the sentence
exceeded those in other high-profile hate crimes, such as those involving
Ernst Zundel and James Keegstra. Mr. Love's extensive criminal record,
which includes convictions for assault with a weapon, intimidation and
extortion, warranted the heavy sentence, she said.
In her submissions to the court, Ms Klukach also highlighted the "psychological
terrorism" Mr. Love's propaganda campaign helped create.
"It has a menacing, quasi-violent dimension to it," she said.
Although Mr. Love framed his writings as legitimate criticism of Canada's
immigration system, there was a more sinister undertone, Ms Klukach said.
"This is quite simply sheer hatred," she told the judge.
"Mr. Love is entitled to his views ... but his right to distribute
them is not unlimited."
Court heard how over the course of months, Mr. Love has undertaken an ongoing
campaign, targeting ethnic and religious groups including Muslims, Jews,
Asians, Blacks, Roma, East Asians and other groups.
He sent letters to the offices of MPs such as Judy Sgro and former immigration
minister Elinor Caplan, as well as politicians in his home municipality
of Mississauga. Also targeted were the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust
Studies and York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge, court heard.
Charges against Mr. Love were laid in York Region, Peel Region, Toronto
and Ottawa. An agreement to hear all the charges in York Region resulted
in the guilty plea being entered here. Mr. Love, 44, has been in custody
since his arrest on charges in York Region in April.
Mr. Love appeared unfazed by the lengthy arraignment he stood through,
or descriptions of his hate-filled messages, which included a expletive-ridden
criticism of Chief La Barge's efforts to bolster race relations.
Prior to sentencing, Mr. Love stood in the prisoner's box and delivered
a rambling dissertation in which he criticized "political correctness"
and Canadians' fears of expressing views on immigration and race relations.
"I am of the belief people in this country are now afraid not just
to do anything ... (but) to say anything about immigration," he told
the judge. "It would be as if we were engaging in some kind of conspiracy
just to discuss this sort of thing."
Often referring to himself in the third person, Mr. Love acknowledged he
did "overstep the boundaries of good taste". But he insisted
he was merely speaking his mind.
"Brad Love at least said it," Mr. Love said. "All he did
was package up his thoughts and feelings in the mail and send them to the
proper political authorities.
"Once the government comes for Brad Love, who will be next?"
Justice Gorewich accepted the joint submission on sentencing, noting he
did not necessarily agree with it.
He said Mr. Love had engaged in a prolonged campaign that could enflame
"You used your intellect in a way that was as negative as possible
and could well have a ripple effect that could be catastrophic in many
communities," the judge said in passing sentence.
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- From Richard - Founders' America
- Dear Jeff Mitchell,
- Re: "Canada 'Hate Crime' Earns Record Jail Time"
- Consider this:
- Racist speech is the first right of Political Man. The
very foundation of politics is racism, or gene-based tribalism, as racism
is the natural drive in all humans to associate with those heritably most
like themselves, striving in the beginning stages of community formation
to build and retain a social comfort zone for self-determination--to build
a psychological and physical comfort zone for social agreement, where one
feels comfortably at ease about one's neighbors and at-large society; for
applying protective laws and ensuring racial continuity; to survive and
pass on their culture and heritage from one generation to the next; a continuity
of one's race, society and its body politic.
- Stifling free speech on political matters critical to
the white man's desire for safe and conflict-free communities is the quickest
means to building up his anger --and resulting bloody revolution.
- Your left-wing political leaders are too shallow-brained
to see that.
- Please pass this along to your editors.
- P.S. Free speech in the U.S is partly to blame for white
males' lack of action against left-wing tyranny, as mouthing one's displeasure
over this and that social/political/cultural matter is cathartic; a lessening
of one's will to act.