Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ernst Zundel presents the Golden Eagle to Douglas Christie (Doug Christie Memorial Video)


Memorial video of Douglas Christie, showing Ernst Zundel giving the golden eagle to Douglas Christie.  This video is from Dr. Ingrid Rimland Zundel.  www.veteranstoday.com/2013/03/22/doug-christie-rest-in-peace

Ingrid writes: 

Doug Christie was a veritable star in various Canadian court venues – the likes of which the Lobby that plagues us all with all their lies piled up on lies and yet more lies had never yet encountered.

Doug Christie was young, brilliant, fearless, smashingly handsome, determined, exceedingly quick on his feet – conventional descriptions will not do him justice. He was in a league by himself.

Somebody called Doug Christie “Ernst Zundel’s Battling Barrister” – the moniker fit, and it stuck. Seven times he took the Zundel Case alone to the Supreme Court of Canada – I have been told, more often than any other Canadian lawyer with any other case before him or since. He was a class act, both feared and admired by many.

Doug was an intellectual warrior of true grit as well as warmth you seldom find in the legal profession. He was despised and demonized by many, as was and still is his ill-reputed client. Their battle took decades – and isn’t yet done. On good days it simply rained media spitballs. On bad days it was wall-to-wall, blood-curdling death threats and worse – not just against them, but those who supported the battle of constitutionally guaranteed Freedom of Speech.

 
Today I give you Doug Christie, in life and in death. You will also meet beautiful Keltie, law researcher and comrade extraordinaire, Doug’s partner of 32 years and mother of his children. You will meet a much younger Ernst Zundel, the tireless street action populist – by now a world-wide icon of the Movement, prevented from joining his wife.

You will get a glimpse of three or four dozen of Zundel supporters, simple folks like you and I. You will also meet a howling, shrieking mob of Zundel detractors whose behavior speaks for themselves.

In this Shakespearean play, there is your corrupt judge. Your hateful prosecutor who does a hatchet job.
And finally, some glimpses of the moral essence of what really powers today’s premier Thought Criminal – contrary to what you may read in the paper.





Groan and Wail: Free-speech 'zealot' Doug Christie

 

Free-speech zealot Doug Christie defended anti-Semites, white supremacists

By ROD MICKLEBURGH | GLOBE AND MAIL

His supporters called him the Battling Barrister, while his opponents suspect that he shared his clients' controversial views

With his black, Stetson-like hat, long dark coat, black cowboy boots and stern, steely gaze, lawyer Doug Christie would not have been out of place as a feared gunslinger in a Hollywood western.

But for most of Mr. Christie's lengthy, controversial career, his main targets were not bad guys, but what he considered bad laws, in particular laws that restricted the expression of views most Canadians consider reprehensible.

His list of clients included high school teacher James Keegstra, who taught students that Jews were an evil force in society; Holocaust denier and Nazi sympathizer Ernst Zundel; white supremacist Paul Fromm; and Saskatchewan native leader David Ahenakew, convicted then cleared of promoting hatred by denouncing Jews, plus many more who ran afoul of the law and authorities for similar, extremist opinions.

Mr. Christie, who died March 11 from liver cancer at 66, took on these cases with relish, winning some, losing many, and leaving behind a fierce divide of detractors and admirers.

Those he defended called him the Battling Barrister. "He was one of the best defenders of human rights and best lawyers I could have had," Mr. Keegstra said. In an online tribute, Mr. Fromm hailed Mr. Christie as a towering presence in defence of freedom, while another fan, right-wing TV host Ezra Levant, opined that Doug Christie "kept the flame of free speech burning for all of us."

Yet few would deny that the reviled clients and notorious cases Mr. Christie embraced left their mark on Canadian jurisprudence, setting benchmarks for free speech and the application of hate laws. By 1997, he had already made nine appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada.

"Given our system, it is very important that even the most unpopular of figures and causes have their legal representatives doing the best job they possibly can for them," said Robin Elliot, a constitutional law expert at the University of B.C. "These were hugely important cases, so one can say that Doug Christie did his part."

Nonetheless, Prof. Elliot echoed the widespread concern that Mr. Christie did not choose his clients simply because they needed a lawyer.

"There is that suspicion he picked his unpopular cases very carefully, that he was actually trying to further the cause of the hate propagandists and the Holocaust deniers."

Mr. Christie was not a man of the mainstream. Though mindful in public to skirt the issue of whether he shared his clients' beliefs, he never distanced himself from them. He was also on the fringe politically, as a passionate Western separatist. He remained true to this cause to the end, even as a movement that once packed meetings across the west during the height of opposition to the National Energy Plan dwindled to a mere handful of hardcore supporters.

When he last sought elected office in 2006, running under the banner of the Western Block Party in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, Mr. Christie attracted a paltry 272 votes. "Western independence was ... his big dream. It was one of those areas where he felt he had failed so much," said his partner, Keltie Zubko.

Douglas Hewson Christie was born in Winnipeg on April 24, 1946, to Norma Christie and his namesake father. The family of six was not wealthy.

His resolve was tested early, when, at 16, during his first solo flight as an air cadet, those on the ground noticed a problem with the landing wheels. Over the radio, he was told to keep flying until fuel ran out, then land. The young cadet coolly crash-landed the plane, with no serious damage, except for a broken propeller. Part of the busted blade is still mounted in a clock on the wall of Mr. Christie's living room.

Mr. Christie earned his law degree from UBC, where he became famous for peddling sandwiches to his more well-off classmates to help meet the costs of law school.

He opted to practise in Victoria. There, his small, shed-like law office near the courthouse was a familiar sight, its windows smashed many times by anonymous foes, until he finally boarded them over. Mr. Christie met Ms. Zubko, his life partner, on a snowy night at an overflow rally for western independence in Edmonton in 1980. The couple had two children, but never married, despite Mr. Christie's strong Roman Catholic faith.

"We both felt we would make our commitment every day. We weren't going to do it for church and state, or anything like that," said Ms. Zubko.

A month before he died, Mr. Christie found a heart-shaped stone on their rural property outside Victoria. Using red nail polish, he inscribed it with the words: "To Keltie, my rock for 31 years".

Mr. Christie began his long run in the public eye in 1983 when he agreed to defend James Keegstra on a charge of promoting hatred by espousing anti-Semitism in the classroom. After canvassing his client's views in meticulous detail on the witness stand, Mr. Christie argued they were a matter of free expression, and Canada's hate law was unconstitutional. In a landmark ruling that split the court, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the law and convicted Mr. Keegstra.

 

See the full article at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/free-speech-zealot-doug-christie-defended-anti-semites-white-supremacists/article10178510/

 

 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Priest Hails Free Speech Warrior Doug Christie as a "Saint"

 

Priest Hails Free Speech Warrior Doug Christie as a "Saint"

 

VICTORIA. March 15, 2013. "Today we are laying a saint to rest," proclaimed Fr. Lucien Larre, who said the funeral Mass this foggy morning for Doug Christie, Canada's foremost free speech lawyer." He fought for what was right," said Order of Canada winner and psychologist Fr. Larre, "no matter the threats to his life or the number of times his office windows were broken. He stood tall."

 

 

 

 

 

Twice in three days, Canadians have buried a taller than life man, known for his cowboy boots and black hat. Folks crowded a Peterborough hockey arena, March 13, to say farewell to Country and Western icon Stompin' Tom Connors, the boy from Skinner's Cove, PEI, who gave us songs like  Sudbury Saturday Night, Bud the Spud, My Stompin'  Grounds, that celebrated Canada.

 

Today in Victoria, a Western Canadian who struggled for more than 30 years to uphold another Canadian value, freedom of speech, even for people vilified by the press for their unpopular views, was buried. Doug Christie, a proud Scotsman, would have smiled as a lean piper piped his casket into a crowded St. Andrew's Cathedral in downtown Victoria. A large bouquet of vivid red roses and Mr. Christie's black Australian outback hat graced the top of the casket.

 

Fr. Larre hailed Doug Christie as "a real Westerner, a man with ideals and aspirations as high as the Rockies. He stood for a better Canada, a freer Canada," the priest told the packed cathedral made up of mourners who had been Mr. Christie's family, friends, clients, neighbours, and, in several cases, the beneficiaries of his kindness.

 

The Battling Barrister " had the ideals our soldiers died for -- for freedom -- but we do not have certain freedoms, like freedom of speech, in Canada today," said Fr. Larre, who returned his Order of Canada honour  in protest when the same honour was bestowed some years ago on mass abortionist Henry Morgenthaler."What mattered to Doug Christie is a man's right to speak. He believed people have the right to go to court whether they can afford it or not," he added.

 

In a stirring eulogy to his father, Caderyn Christie, a second year law student, shared memories of a complex man -- the battling lawyer so well known to the public, the politician, the devoted father, the private man with as wicked sense of fun and humour.

 

"A man like my dad was not meant to die in a hospital bed but on a battlefield with a sword and shield," he said. And Doug Christie very nearly did die in the battle ground of the courtroom. For days during a three week trial in Victoria, Mr. Christie had been in mounting pain, fighting nausea and sleeplessness, but refusing painkillers lest they dull his wits. Finally, on Thursday, February 21, he was too ill to finish his summation and was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with advanced terminal liver cancer.

 

One of Doug Christie's heroes was Confederate General Robert E. Lee whose portrait hung in his office. Lee advised: "Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less."

 

Doug Christie took this to heart and was driven by a sense of duty.

 

Caderyn revealed that Doug often recalled growing up in Winnipeg and that there was always food on the table but just enough. Doug paid his way through the University of Winnipeg working on the railway and as a lifeguard at Banff Hotsprings. For a while he lived in top floor garret that was scorching in the summer and leaked  snow and rain in the frigid Winnipeg winter. Other part-time work paid Doug's way through law school at the University of British Columbia. Doug's single-minded goal was to practise law.

 

He was part way through articling for a Victoria firm when an accidental error in judgement angered a prominent client and the law firm let Doug go. He was in near despair seeing his career stymied before it even began, his son recalled. Then, a single practitioner in Victoria Barney Russ gave the Winnipeg law student a break and took him on as an articling student. Nine months later, Doug was called to the bar and began a 42-year career in law.

 

Years later,  Doug Christie visited Barney Russ who was dying of cancer. Doug asked what he could ever do to thank or repay Mr. Russ for having given him a chance. "Pass it on," he gasped with laboured breathing.

 

That had become a driving force in Doug's life, his son recalled: "He chose to defend people who would otherwise be unrepresented and he paid dearly in his personal and professional life." Although he had struggled hard to become a lawyer and succeeded, "he was very frugal with himself."

 

Caderyn Christie said his father was "profoundly kind to his children. He was also a proud Scotsman and taught us kids how to pull the nails out of a 2' x 4" and reuse them." And, yet, Doug would treat a man who was a regular panhandler at the church doors to a lunch once a month. He didn't just toss him a looney as he walked by.

 

Caderyn  concluded his eulogy with words that left many an eye wet: "Robert Louis Stevenson said: 'A leader is one who keeps his fears to himself and shows his courage to others.' That was my father. He lived fully, he lived freely and laughed every chance he got."

 

In his closing remarks, commenting on Doug Christie's ever present cowboy boots, celebrant priest Fr. Larre quoted a line from Country and Western singer George Jones song Who's Going to Fill Those Shoes? "We must get together for free speech and try to fill those shoes," he urged. -- Paul Fromm

 

 

 

Photo: Leaders of Canada's free speech movement at the reception at Doug Christie's funeral in Victoria, BC., March 15, 2013: Dave "The Unlicensed Man" Lindsay; Paul Fromm, Director Canadian Association for Free Expression; expert witness on Internet and computer technology, Bernard Klatt; and Marc Lemire, webmaster of the Freedomsite, the only victim to win under Canada's notorious Sec. 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (Internet censorship).

 

 

Leaders of Canada's free speech movement at the reception at Doug Christie's funeral in Victoria, BC., March 15, 2013: Dave "The Unlicensed Man" Lindsay; Paul Fromm, Director Canadian Association for Free Expression; expert witness on Inter...net and computer technology, Bernard Klatt; and Marc Lemire, webmaster of the Freedomsite, the only victim to win under Canada's notorious Sec. 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (Internet censorship).

 

 

 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lost Doug Christie tapes. A great story on a prison riot that Doug Christie Helped Stop




A very moving tribute to Doug Christie and freedom by Christopher di Armani

The Lesson of Doug Christie – A Tribute to One Man and his Commitment to Freedom of Speech

March 17, 2013

http://christopherdiarmani.com/9898/human-rights/freedom-of-speech/lesson-doug-christie-tribute-mans-commitment-freedom-speech/

 

 

 

On March 11, 2013, the day I learned of Doug Christie’s death, I was both shocked and saddened by the news even though I knew it was coming. More than that, however, I felt drained and empty knowing we had lost one of the greatest Freedom Fighters in a generation.

Anger burned deep inside me as I the saw the enemies of Freedom and Liberty dance with delight, knowing one of their greatest foes had finally fallen on the battlefield.

In the wake of Doug Christie’s passing I wondered how to best show my appreciation, respect and admiration for him, his accomplishments and also my gratitude for knowing this great and valiant defender of Freedom and Liberty.

Lawyer Douglas Christie in Quesnel, BC in 2012

It wasn’t until a conversation on Thursday with actor J. August Richards turned to our mutual passion for individual liberty that the answer was revealed. After relating my thoughts on Doug’s passing, a quote I’d heard recently and my thoughts on the two he looked at me, smiled and said simply,

“That’s it.  That’s how you honour him.”

He was correct, of course, and I thank J. August both for our inspiring conversations this past week and for being my sounding-board to get to the answer I needed about how best to honour Doug Christie.

A few weeks ago I received an email with a quote from Helen Keller.  I didn’t know where or when I would use it, but I saved it anyway.  I didn’t realize at the time that this quote was the catalyst for this article or that it would tie so perfectly into honouring the man who so courageously defended our Rights and Freedoms for the past 35 years.

Then Doug Christie passed away and this quote leapt to mind.

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

This epitomizes how Doug Christie lived his life.

Doug was ever mindful of the awesome and terrible power of the State.  He watched the State crush many a client in its rush to “be right” instead of doing the “right thing”.

There is a difference.

The memory that sticks in my mind is of Doug describing how, in one of his many trips to the Supreme Court of Canada in defense of Freedom of Speech, he sat alone at the defense table on one side of the room while on the other side of the aisle dozens and dozens of government lawyers sat in opposition to him and his client.

Your Honour,” he recounted, “Do you mean to tell me that every one of these lawyers on the other side of the aisle get the same amount of time EACH as I do?

“Yes,” the Court replied.

That sounds fair,” he retorted sarcastically. “Thank you for clarifying.”

The fact Doug was out-numbered and out-financed by a power-hungry government never seemed to faze him.  Doug Christie knew he was correct, that freedom must prevail and that he was the only man standing between the Almighty Power of the State and his poor client.

Sure, Doug knew the odds were stacked against him, but that awful truth never manifested itself into paralyzing fear. It never prevented him from doing everything in his power to defend his clients, and never more so than when it came to the defense of our precious Right to Freedom of Speech.

There is Approved Speech, and then there is Free Speech,” he would tell me time and time again.  “In Canada, thanks to the Human Rights Tribunals and hate crime legislation we have only State-Approved Speech.  We no longer have Freedom of Speech.

I don’t know what sparked the fire deep inside Doug to defend Freedom of Speech.  I don’t even know what sparked his desire to become a lawyer.  What I do know is that very early in his life, Doug Christie decided that he would do the one thing he could do to the very best of his ability, no matter the cost personally or professionally.

He stood on principle.  He believed that Rights and Freedom have meaning.

That is what gave him such strength.  That is what steeled his conviction that the Almighty State must be stopped, no matter the cost.

Doug Christie was just one man.  He certainly could not do everything and he was the first to make that clear, but Doug Christie knew that he could do one thing and do it well: stand for Liberty.

If the life of Douglas Christie taught me anything it is this:

One person can make a difference.

In fact, one person is the only thing that ever has.

Can you or I do everything? Of course not.

But you and I can do something.  You and I can do one thing today to beat back the forces of censorship and oppression that darken our land.

There is one thing you and I can each do today to defend our precious Liberty.  It doesn’t need to be epic in scale.  It can be small, even miniscule in size.  That is not important. What’s important is that you and I do that one thing we are capable of today.

Doug Christie spent his life doing that one small thing he was capable of doing.  He did it every single day.

I never once heard him say,

I don’t have time.

Or

I can’t do that.”

He often said,

I don’t have time today, but I will tomorrow.”

Or

Can you help me?

The Lesson of Doug Christie, for me, is crystal clear and is epitomized by those words by Helen Keller, another individual who faced enormous challenges in life and never let those challenges stop her:

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

Doug Christie never refused to do the “something than I can do.”

That is an impressive quality.

So I offer you a challenge: Every day for 1 week I challenge you to do “something that I can do” in defense of our Rights and Freedoms.  It can be anything. Here are just a few examples:

  • Donate $50 to Marc Lemire‘s or Arthur Topham’s Free Speech Legal Defense Fund.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  • Write your Member of Parliament and tell them to repeal a law offensive to liberty.
  • Join with like-minded individuals to brainstorm ways to defend personal liberty.  If you want to connect with me you can do that here: http://support.rightsandfreedoms.org/contact-us/

When fear and doubt creep in late at night and the terror grips your heart as the police sirens scream or the sounds of jackboots clap like thunder, steel yourself with the thought that you are not alone; you are not one lone person, defenseless and helpless… you are, just like Doug Christie was, the most powerful force in existence:

One Human Being Standing Against State Tyranny.

I guarantee you Doug Christie will watch over you and he will smile and cheer you on from Heaven while you do.

So… To the enemies of Freedom and Liberty I say this:

Enjoy your little happy dance that Liberty’s soldier Doug Christie is no longer on the battlefield… Enjoy your victory while you can for this I guarantee you: your glee at his demise will be short-lived.

Doug Christie dropped the torch of Freedom on March 11, 2013 but it is, even as I write this, being picked up….

I don’t know who they are…

I do not know where they live…

I do not know what preparations they make…

What I do know is this:   

We exist.

We are Legion.

We will not be crushed.

We will not be denied the Freedom and Liberty that is our birthright… for the spirit of Doug Christie lives on in each and every one of us who were blessed to know him, even if only for a minute.

You were better off while he was alive, for at least then we slept…



Read the complete article at:
http://christopherdiarmani.com/9898/human-rights/freedom-of-speech/lesson-doug-christie-tribute-mans-commitment-freedom-speech/

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Funeral of Douglas H. Christie - Canada's greatest freedom defender (March 15, 2013) [Videos + Pictures]



In Loving Memory of 

Douglas Hewson Christie
April 24, 1946 to March 11, 2013







The Funeral Mass for Canada's greatest freedom fighter was held at the Victoria Cathedral in downtown Victoria.  Hundreds of people from across Canada and the United States came to pay their respects.


In keeping with Doug's proud Scottish tradition, a bagpiper filled the air while the Christie family carried the coffin into the church.









Caderyn Christie gave a very thoughtful and tear-jerking Eulogy of his father.

 

The Funeral Mass was officiated by Reverend Fr. Lucien Larre, who gave a rousing memorial of Doug Christie and for freedom of speech in Canada.




After the funeral mass, mourners attended a memorial service for Doug.





Caderyn Christie and Scott Zubko remember Doug Christie.


Friends Share their Feelings and Memories of Douglas Christie









Douglas Christie Memories











Doug's Guiding Principles:

"Freedom of Speech is the one gift you must give to your worst enemies in order to keep it for yourself"

Audi Alteram Partem (Hear Both Sides)


"Pass it on"

















Thursday, March 14, 2013

Douglas Christie obituary

Douglas Hewson Christie

Born, Winnipeg, April 24, 1946, died of metastatic liver cancer, Victoria, March 11, 2013.

Predeceased by his mother Norma in 2008. Survived by wife Keltie Zubko, son Cadeyrn, daughter Kalonica, sisters Jane Christie and Myna Cryderman, brother Neil, father Douglas, and the extended Zubko family. 

Doug graduated with a double major in political science and philosophy from the University of Winnipeg in 1967. He moved to Vancouver where he graduated in law from UBC in 1970. He has lived in Victoria, B.C. since 1970, where he has maintained a sole proprietorship law practice in an age of large legal corporations, occupying a humble office the size of two parking spaces across from the courthouse. His practice initially focused on criminal law, but he later developed a deeply passionate interest in freedom of expression and civil liberties. Throughout his life as a lawyer, he embodied the true spirit of "pro bono publico" often representing clients of little means to ensure they had a voice. He was a born defense lawyer, brilliant cross-examiner, and tenacious arguer. 

As Canada's most prolific defender of free speech, he appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada for this issue more times than any other counsel in Canada, to date.

He defended the landmark cases of Keegstra, Zundel, Malcolm Ross, John Ross Taylor, Canadian Liberty Net, and Finta, all before the Supreme Court of Canada. Doug also appeared in the Old Bailey and the Court of Appeal in London, England, and throughout Canada in all levels of court, and his family spent much time seeing him off and greeting him at airports. 

His wife Keltie worked with him as his legal assistant during the years before the children were born and together they worked on the case of which Doug was proudest. As defense counsel in Canada's only war crimes trial (the Finta case), he took part in court proceedings for the defense in Hungary, Israel and Canada. After a 2 year investigation, millions of prosecution dollars and a 9 month trial, the accused was acquitted without calling evidence, in less than 2 hours on the basis of Doug's cross examination. After the crown's appeal to the Supreme Court, he was successful in having the law severely restricted and it has never been used again. 

Up until the time of his death, he continued to advise clients around the world on publication and free speech issues. Two and a half weeks before he died, he was struggling to finish a jury trial, fighting pain and nausea, but true to his aim, he still wanted to finish the trial to the best of his ability. He deeply regretted to the end that he was leaving his clients unrepresented by his illness and death. 

During the 1990′s he built a reputation as a major inspirational speaker for freedom, travelling the world speaking about its importance. 

In 1978, he created a political movement called the Western Canada Concept, for the Independence of Western Canada. As the major advocate of Western Canadian independence, he spoke in 100′s of meetings in most little towns and cities of Western Canada, on talk shows, to schools and universities, and widely varied associations. For example, in July of 1981, he gave 36 speeches in 30 days, travelling throughout BC and Alberta, advocating Western Canadian separation. He ran in many provincial and federal elections, always taking the opportunity to express his political opinions. 

Cadeyrn and Kalonica will greatly miss his ever-present guidance, encouragement, love and support as well as the spirited arguments he delighted in starting around the table at meals. Keltie is profoundly grateful for the great joy (amid the challenges) of life and work with him for 32 years. He was a kind and humorous man who gave freely all that he had of his wisdom, his fighting spirit, his off-the-wall solutions and his love of beauty. In memory of Doug, and in lieu of flowers, we ask simply that you do as he always tried to do: pass on any kindness shown to you, to someone else. 

Prayers will be held at McCall's Downtown, Johnson and Vancouver Streets at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14th. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Andrews Cathedral, 10 a.m., Friday, March 15th, with private interment to follow. There will be a reception at the Laurel Point Inn, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All those who wish to share their memories or who were moved by his life, are welcome. Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Bros. Funeral Home
http://www.mccallbros.com/douglas-hewson-christie/#.UUD8GjL34sE.facebook

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Barbara Kulaszka, Ezra Levant, Paul Fromm and others on the passing of Douglas Christie - One of Canada's Greatest Freedom Fighters

Thoughts and Tributes on the passing of Douglas Christie

One of Canada’s Greatest Freedom Fighters

 

 

 “I think my daughter said it best, that everybody talks about his legacy as a lawyer, a public speaker, an inspirational speaker — a person who helped a lot of people who were down and out and couldn’t pay — but she said his real legacy was as a father,” – Keltie Zubko

 

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“I was honoured to work with Doug Christie over the past 25 years. Canada is a much better place today than it might have been because he had the courage to defend clients targeted by the powerful and did so brilliantly. I regard him as one of the greatest lawyers Canada has produced, since he defended extremely unpopular and isolated people fearlessly and in doing so protected the rights of all Canadians to freedom of speech and the right to be heard.  He is an advocate in the truest sense of the word.” – Barbara Kulaszka

 

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“I’m saddened to report that my friend Doug Christie has passed away. Doug was a lawyer, husband and a dad from Victoria BC.  But he was more than that of course.  For a generation he was Canada’s leading free speech advocate – in fact, he was often Canada’s only free speech advocate. …  Doug Christie kept the flame of free speech burning for all of us. For Jews, for gentiles, for blacks, for whites, for conservatives, for liberals…  That’s the thing about free speech that Doug Christie understood; it’s the gift that you have to give to your opponents, if you want it for yourself.  I’ll miss Doug.  He was a great public speaker, and a passionate scholar of history … He’s gone, but his project [for freedom] continues; and I pledge that I’ll continue his fight.  Rest in Peace Doug Christie; A freedom fighter of the first order.” – Ezra Levant

 

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“Doug was an immensely brave man and a towering presence in Court. His height and firmness of bearing made an impact on many a judge, and, I suspect, many a miscreant or liar under cross-examination. Other lawyers have told me that Doug was one of the most intimidating cross-examiners in this Dominion. … The Doug I knew was a sensitive and proud man. He was a deeply moral man. He did not seek notoriety. He felt the rejections and condemnations deeply. Yet, Doug felt a higher imperative -- individual freedom and liberty. These had once been the values of our generation. … Doug Christie was a one man Dutch boy with his finger in the dyke holding back the tidal wave of repression. His achievements were many.” – Paul Fromm

 

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“I weep and am sorrowful. Doug Christie stood his ground, he fought using principle, he is and always was a free man, he loved his life, his children, his partner and all the treasure his life created. I saw him take on the most difficult conundrums in our struggle to be free and defended the principle of freedom for all of us. Objectively, we are measured by our ability to improve the human condition and I am a better Canadian because Doug Christie defended my freedom. This is a great loss to humanity, to humans everywhere. I am proud to call Doug Christie my countryman. You are a hero Doug Christie. We will not forget you. I will not forget you. Thank-you Doug Christie.” – Philip Kuefler

 

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“Along with so many others, I will remember Doug Christie with gratitude and high regard. The memory of this courageous and principled man shines all the brighter during our dark age of rampant opportunism and deceit. My sympathy goes especially to Keltie, his devoted wife.” – Mark Weber

 

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“It was God who sent Doug to me in a David and Goliath situation back in the 90s. If you have never had an experience of being a client of his in a courtroom full of hate, (for him and us) then you will never know the feeling of the hand of God on your shoulders when the crown stays the charges and the crowd gasps in disbelief wanting their pound of flesh. Doug rescued us from the fire, for that, and all of his work there IS a special place for him, in the arms of God.” – Joe Lockhart

 

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“When I met Doug Christie he was the complete opposite of what I was told to expect. He was a very caring libertarian; he stuck up for the rights of almost anybody. … I’ve always kind of compared him to a giant sequoia. His roots are deep; the shadow is right across the country. And we’ve lost a giant. We really have.” – Barclay Johnson

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Barbara Kulaszka, Douglas Christie and Marc Lemire

Ottawa, Ontario. 2007 in front of the Canadian “Human Rights” Tribunal

 

“Douglas Christie is a hero and dedicated fighter for freedom of speech.  In my youth, I recollect attending a meeting where he was the guest speaker. I was struck not only by his superior oratory skills, but even more so by both his passion and love for freedom. He brilliantly conveyed the significance of what freedom is all about and how vital it is to resist artificially induced state control over it.

 

Over the past couple of decades I have become closely acquainted with Doug. The respect that spawned the evening I saw him speak for the first time only deepened with every case and submission that he made on behalf of freedom. His defences consisted of a rare combination of sound logic and reason combined with compelling emotion.” – Marc Lemire

 

 

 

Quote of the Day



"There is an ancient custom used here in Kanada: It is called public stoning and has its roots in the Middle East.
These days it is carried out in the media (CBC) and singles out any individual that disagrees with what is "politically correct". Doug Christie was prepared to help anyone in the stone pit. One of a kind."
Helge Nome




Douglas Christie
April 1946 - March 11, 2013
 

Free speech hero passes - Douglas Christie, RIP

Nice tribute to Douglas Christie by Ezra Levant.