Canadian Farmers for Justice -- Information about Canada's Freedom Fighters
web posted September 1996
What is this page? Every month I hope to have updates on the activities on the Farmers for Justice, a group I have frequently written about. I've arranged to have regular reports from the group so that as many people as possible know the struggle that these farmers are undergoing to simply ply their livelihood without government interference.
CANADIAN FARMERS FOR JUSTICE/CANADIAN FARM EXPORTERS NETWORK
Why is Andy McMechan in jail?
Andy McMechan is in jail because he believes that his grain and tractor are his and not the property of the government of Canada. After being arrested, he was informed that he could only leave jail if he turned over his tractor. Andy refused to give up his tractor because he needs it for field work and haying at this time of year. McMechan is such a danger to this country that he placed in the maximum security wing in a correctional institute along with two murderers and an armed robber. His trial will start on August 28. Along with McMechan, 100 farmers have been charged by the government for exporting grain illegally to the United States.
So why is important if a group of farmers has the freedom to sell grain outside of the Canadian Wheat Board? A free society is characterized by a free market. Simply, political freedom is the mirror of economic freedom -- one cannot exist without the other. These farmers have the right to market their produce to whom ever they wish and at whatever price they can get. As said in this magazine many times, the government does not have a right to use their monopoly of force to coerce farmers into being a part of the Canadian Wheat Board. The leftist National Farmers Union does not speak for all farmers. Even if these free-trading farmers are a minority, the majority does not have the right to decide with whom and how these people can trade with.
This issue affects us all. This is a government which is imprisoning people for attempting to act freely, the only country in the free world. If you value the concept of freedom than support the Farmers for Justice. You can reach them at the address at the top of this page. Also, write Agriculture Minister Ralph Goodale and tell him what you think of his and his government's actions concerning these political prisoners.
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