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REPORTING · 9th November 2013
MWPR
For a full 60 days of the 90 day Sensible BC Initiative Campaign, to hold a Referendum on Marijuana, officers of the law in almost every jurisdiction and capacity in British Columbia have broken the elections Act. The Legislation called the Recall and Initiative Act insists on a strict non-interference and intimidation policy. This Act has specified penalties including up to two years in jail and $10,000 fines for each infraction. RCMP, City Police, Bylaw Officers and more, all whose wages are paid for in part by the Provincial Government, have contravened this legislation.

Specifics relating to the actions of various officers activities are contained in Section 157 of the Recall and Initiative Act. These are unambiguous and directly relate to their activities;

Section 157 (1), in part, states the following - highlighting is ours;

157 (1) An individual or organization must not intimidate an individual for any of the following purposes:

(a) to persuade or compel an individual to sign a petition or refrain from signing a petition;

(c) to persuade or compel an individual to vote or refrain from voting in an initiative vote;

(d) to persuade or compel an individual to vote or refrain from voting for or against an initiative;


Section 157 (2) speaks to “duress” which means “to compel someone to act contrary to his/her wishes or interests.”

(2) An individual or organization must not, by abduction, duress or fraudulent means, do any of the following:

(a) impede, prevent or otherwise interfere with an individual's right to sign a petition;

(b) compel, persuade or otherwise cause an individual to sign a petition or refrain from signing a petition;

(c) impede, prevent or otherwise interfere with an individual's right to vote in an initiative vote;

(d) compel, persuade or otherwise cause an individual to vote or refrain from voting in an initiative vote;

(e) compel, persuade or otherwise cause an individual to vote or refrain from voting for or against an initiative.

Section 157 (3) addresses the scope of the legislation and how the offence may consider indirect to mean the officers may have been intimidated by their superiors, or by the government itself, to commit these crimes against the Sensible BC Campaign.

The meaning of this section is clear. The Provincial Government itself is directly responsible as are the various municipalities and business organizations who have instructed their enforcement officers for the variety of offences to the Act the officers have committed.

157 (3) An individual or organization prohibited from doing something by this section must not do the prohibited act directly, indirectly or by another individual or organization on behalf of the individual or organization who is subject to the prohibition.

Section 157 (4) details where the penalties for the offences and contraventions of the Act can be found

157 (4) An individual or organization who contravenes this section commits an offence and is liable to one or more of the penalties referred to in section 156 (6).

Section 156 (6) allows for the full penalties to be applied to each officer or individual, even the Provincial government itself as it is an organization, for every act of intimidation, interference, imposition and coercion

156 (6) An individual or organization who contravenes this section commits an offence and is liable to a fine of not more than $10 000 or imprisonment for a term not longer than 2 years, or both.


Due to these specific and very detailed legislative measures and instructions and due to the numerous fully documented and verified contraventions of this act by officers and others directly or indirectly employed by the Province of BC it is imperative the Province take specific measure to compensate the Sensible BC Initiative effort.

First, the campaign must be extended a full 60 days. Sixty days has now passed and the efforts of the officers to frustrate the campaign have caused emotional and psychological injury to many canvassers who no longer wish to participate in the effort. Sixty days should be a minimum extension as the campaign organizers will now need to reinvigorate their volunteers.

Secondly, the Province of BC must take measures to fully inform and instruct those in their employ directly and indirectly. These measures must include; full page advertisements in every newspaper in British Columbia as well as Radio and Television advertisements on prime time rating periods. These must fully inform the general population of their own and their officer’s transgressions in this effort and to instruct all those involved to cease and desist in the interference of the Sensible BC Initiative Campaign.

In the alternative, if the Province is not prepared to take such measures, the Province must enforce the legislation and prosecute their officers and others who have transgressed these laws to the fullest extent of the law.

This issue goes to the heart of democracy and to the foundational principles of a free and fair, unencumbered voting system.

The actions witnessed and experienced by those working on behalf of the Sensible BC Initiative Campaign are actions normally seen only in despotic third world regimes. These actions of officers of the law are deplorable and must be seen as offensive to everyone regardless of their position on the Sensible BC Initiative Campaign.

During the HST Campaign none of these actions were observed anywhere in the Province.

The BC Government must take action and they must take action immediately.


A video of such interaction can be seen Here