Monday, September 28, 2015

BETRAYED: Stephen Harper's war on principled conservatism



BETRAYED: Stephen Harper's war on principled conservatism, is a new book by FreeDominion’s Connie Fournier.  The book is fantastic and well worth reading.


From the backrooms in the Reform / Canadian Alliance, Connie Fournier details how Stephen Harper seized control of the Conservative party of Canada, and the inside story on what happened with Stockwell Day during the leadership run.


The book also painstakingly details how the Conservative government attacks and silences its critics using draconian legislation such as Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. (This shameful piece of legislation that was repealed by Parliament in 2013)


Betrayed gives chapter and verse on how the thought police work; starting with the Canadian “Human Rights” Commission’s complaint-less investigation and attempts to shut FreeDominion down, using so-called “Hate Speech” provisions.


After detailing how FreeDominion was under attack, Connie Fournier pivots to examine current censorship legislation such as Bill C-51; Stephen Harpers “Anti-Terrorism Act”.  C-51 is a disgrace and can easily be abused by the corrupt spy-masters at the Canadian Security “Intelligence” Service and the Communications Security Establishment.   CSIS is Canada’s thought police, and has been used to infiltrate peaceful groups and movements over the past 20+ years.


I recommend Betrayed.  It is a worthwhile read.  You can order a copy at:









As co-founder of Free Dominion, an internet forum dedicated to principled conservatism, I have many experiences that I could — and probably should — write about.

Free Dominion was launched before the advent of the blogosphere, and long before there was anything in existence that resembled our current social media. The evolution of the media, its application to politics, and our many trials and tribulations as internet pioneers could fill several volumes

Yet, it is those very trials and tribulations — FD's experiences of "disruption" as practised by a government that has now given itself the power to impose it on us all — that qualify me to warn my fellow Canadian conservatives of what our continued support of the Harper government may mean.

Now, with an election looming, I find that the thing that is weighing on me most heavily and begging to be put into words, is this, my plea to other conservatives to step  up and defend our values from the very people we have worked so hard to elect.

I know that this book is not going to make me popular in some Conservative quarters.  In fact I suspect that there will be people I have long considered friends who will feel hurt and betrayed by my words.  For that I am deeply sorry.

But, there is no way around the fact that the Canadian conservative movement has lost its way.  The same people who were motivated to infuse our country with the principles of freedom and democracy, and willing to stand on Parliament Hill to defend those values against the Liberals, have become obsessed with the politics of personality. They are willing to turn a blind eye to anything  that  Stephen  Harper does,  because keeping "our team" in power is now the most important thing in the world. Even if "our  team" is now behaving worse than the dreaded Liberals.

There is no doubt that conservatives have an uphill battle in this country.  When they are in power, there is no external force pushing the Conservative Party to remain  conservative.  Other political parties are left-leaning, so nobody in the House of Commons is going to be opposing moves by the Conservative government that run counter   to the conservative principles of the grassroots.

We understood that when we founded Free Dominion. From the very beginning we said that the site would never be a "Conservative Party" site, but that it would  stand  for  non-partisan, principled conservative values, and that it would hold right-wing  politicians accountable.

Unfortunately, as the Conservative Party became more entrenched in Ottawa, and Stephen Harper consolidated all of the power by winning a majority, then silencing Members   of Parliament and stacking the Senate, the grassroots members of the Conservative Party became less and less important, and less and less vocal.

In retrospect, it was almost inevitable that a ruling Conservative party willing to ignore and ostracize its base would begin to create laws that were obviously not conservative, in the principled sense. The Harper government began to completely disregard the most cherished rights of all Canadians, those of freedom of speech and personal privacy.

Instead of taking responsibility for what we have unleashed on our country, most conservatives have chosen to blindly dismiss the warnings of privacy and constitutional    experts and stand behind their guy. American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt justified his support for a Central American dictator by saying "he might be a bastard, but he‘s our bastard". Current Canadian Conservatives appear to have taken FDR's rationalization to heart.

The last time we had a Conservative Prime Minister who went off the rails, the Party was split and remained so for many years. Brian Mulroney did a lot of things that infuriated the conservative base, and conservatives reacted strongly by withdrawing their support and voting, instead, for the new Reform Party.

This time there is no major alternative conservative party to attract the votes of conservatives who are disillusioned with Stephen Harper. And, I don‘t really think there  is an appetite for creating another Party split even if there was.  But, the fact remains that the  misdeeds of Brian Mulroney pale in significance when compared to the gross attacks on our freedom that have been perpetrated by Stephen Harper and his Conservative government.

In this book, I will be making the case that conservative Canadians have a responsibility to keep our government in check.  When a leader that we have elected goes off the rails and begins to dismantle the very fabric of our democracy, we have a duty to send our own people into the political wilderness until they learn to handle the unfettered power of a majority government with the care and respect it deserves.

Perhaps you are thinking right now that I am not giving Stephen Harper enough trust.  You might think that he is not the type of man to abuse legislation that allows warrantless government access to our personal information, or legislation that allows judges, in secret trials, to give CSIS permission to do virtually anything but rape us or kill us.

His record tells a different story as I detail in Chapter ten.

But,  even if you do trust Stephen Harper and discount my reading of events, he is not going to be the Prime Minister forever. You have a responsibility to ask yourself if  you trust the level of power that Harper has consolidated in the PMO in the hands of every potential new government that this country ever elects.

If the answer to that question is "no", then we must accept that Stephen Harper, by ramming through some very perilous legislation --most  notably Bill  C-51, the  Anti-Terrorism Act -- has put future generations in danger. For that reason alone he must be stopped. I will be talking in this book about Free Dominion's history and about some  of our experiences with censorship and "disruption" that have occurred already, under the watch of our Conservative government. Unfortunately, there will be holes left in our story because, at this time of this writing, we are bound by an extremely broad court injunction that could literally land us in prison for contempt of  court if  we share certain details of our journey.

Despite this impediment, I will share what I can, and I hope I will give my fellow conservatives some important things to think about.  What is our responsibility as party   grassroots? As Canadians? Should we hold our own leaders accountable? If so, how?

All of these are critical questions that must be asked and answered by Canadian conservatives.  We took the bull by the horns in 1993 and we showed the Conservative government of the day what kind of values we expected them to exhibit.  Now it seems we have come full-circle and we are back at that same crossroads.

What do we do?  Do we put on our blinders and satisfy ourselves with the fact that, after many years of work, "our team" is finally in the driver‘s seat? Or do we remember all of the things were fought for... indeed, all of the things that our forefathers fought and died for... and get back in the game?

I hope that by the time you finish reading this book, you will be ready to choose the latter.  

Our chance to act is coming soon. Election day is October 19th, 2015. Let's make it count.








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BETRAYED: Stephen Harper's war on principled conservatism


Authored by Connie J Fournier
Contributions by Mark J Fournier
Edition: 1

Longtime Canadian conservative activist Connie Fournier makes the case that the Conservative government in Canada has lost its way and that party members have a responsibility to hold their leadership accountable in the 2015 federal election by voting against Stephen Harper.

Publication Date: Aug 03 2015
ISBN/EAN13: 1515399400 / 9781515399407
Page Count: 154
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Political Science / Privacy & Surveillance






Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bring Free Dominion Back! Fundraiser for Appeal

If you can help out, please do!  It's a great cause.



Bring Free Dominion Back!

For over 14 years we at Free Dominion have been standing up for freedom of speech and privacy online.

We fought and won a copyright case where the court greatly expanded what was considered to be "fair dealing" with news article excerpts, and clarified that posting images using a "hotlink" was not unauthorized usage.  Prominent tech lawyer, Michael Geist wrote of that decision, "The decision has enormous implications for Internet users, news organizations, and free speech in Canada as it removes much of the legal uncertainty surrounding sharing information online." Geist concluded by saying, "For Internet users accustomed to posting, linking, tweeting, pinning, or otherwise communicating the news of the day online, they can breathe a sigh of relief as the decision sends a strong signal that such activities fall within the law. " - Michael Geist

Recently, we won a defamation case where the court examined fair comment in the context of the blogosphere.  Toronto civil litigator John Philpott wrote, "... the court here seems to be creating a separate standard for the blogosphere and giving them a much longer leash as to what they can say and use a fair comment defence to do that."  He goes on to say, "We will need more decisions from the court to create certainty in this area. Although the recent Ezra Levant decision did not permit the defence of fair comment, I expect that case to become an outlier and that courts will increasingly side on the view of fair comment when political speech is involved."  - Advocate Daily

These decisions made life a little bit safer for everyone who posts online.

Free Dominion was closed to the public last year as a result of a court injunction in another case that is currently under appeal.  The injunction is vaguely-worded and holds us, as site operators, liable as publishers if posters write virtually anything about the plaintiff in that case.

Recently, however, we re-opened Free Dominion in a limited fashion to allow concerned conservatives a place to speak out against the notorious "Secret Police" Bill C-51 that is currently making its way through Parliament.

Within days, we were notified that we must edit materials we had posted on the subject of Bill C-51 or face criminal contempt charges and possible prison time for allegedly violating the injunction.

We want to be able to re-open Free Dominion completely so that we can continue to fight for expanded freedom of speech online and to fight against out-of-control government spying and "disruption".

In order to do that, we must win our appeal of the case where the injunction was ordered.

Although we have had several wins, the courts have not been kind in awarding us our costs.  As a result, we have had to fund all of these cases ourselves, and with the generous support of other people who love the internet.

We need $14,000 to get caught up and ready for the appeal that will likely be held in the fall.  We have already paid nearly $12,000 for transcripts for the case, and we will be presenting a solid case.

Please help us get back in the game.  We are fighting as hard as we can, even with a court order that is hobbling our efforts.

With your help we can put that behind us and get back to putting our efforts where they keeping our internet safe, free and private, and in holding our government accountable for undermining those important values.

Please help us by donating what you can, and/or by sharing this campaign through your social media.

We are able to accept donations outside of this campaign and add them to the total, so if you would prefer to use PayPal, you can contact me at the email below.

If you prefer to use an Interac e-Transfer, you can send it to

Or, if you like using the mail, our address is as follows:

Connie Fournier
2000 Unity Rd
Elginburg, ON K0H 1M0

Thank you for your help!

Yours in freedom,

Mark and Connie Fournier

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Untitled Poem by Douglas Christie


From the Friends of Freedom newsletter – Feb/March, 2015:







It has been two years since Doug Christie passed away, and in memory of him, I would like to share with you his last poem, found after his death. I hope you find some com fort and encouragement in it.






I have no regret for all the

wounds I've suffered,


By those who hacked and

hewed and tore at my good



I fought for what I thought was



And I would fight them just the

same again.


For soon no more remains of all

my sorrow.


For once gone they can inflict no

more of pain,


And I will count the world’s

contempt and sneering,


Not as a loss of hope, but as a



For those who can not go upon

this journey,


But must remain to battle when

I'm gone,


I pray that when the struggle is

too weary,


I can from be yond the rest less



Stretch forth my arm and help

to make you strong.











Monday, February 23, 2015

BREAKING: Internet Free Speech - FreeDominion beats John Baglow (aka "Dr Dawg") in defamation trial

BREAKING:  Internet Free Speech - FreeDominion beats John Baglow (aka "Dr Dawg") in defamation trial

If you ever want to see how bad defamation / libel law is in Ontario, read this decision by the Ontario courts:

This case has been dragged through the courts for years, all over a few words a poster on the FreeDominion message board said.  The entire hearing is a travesty of justice, and really brings the entire legal system into disrepute.  Defamation law’s are worse than the notorious “hate speech” laws of Section 13 (Canadian ‘Human Rights’ Act).  The only difference is the huge costs involved.  The underlying legal framework is just as broken and needs to be repealed – just like Section 13 was.

7 words: have caused tens of thousands of dollars spent on both sides.  And the result?   FreeDominion (a conservative message board) was exonerated, and “Dr. Dawg” – aka John Baglow, who sued, had his case dismissed.

I have written about this ridiculous defamation case in the past:
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>March 27, 2014: Day 4 of the Baglow v. Smith & Fourniers Defamation Hearing: Lawyer Outs Himself!
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>March 24, 2014: Day 1 of the Baglow v. Smith & Fourniers Defamation Hearing
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>March 19, 2014: FREEDOMINION: Defamation Law is strangling the Internet

Bravo to lawyer Barbara Kulaszka, and Mark/Connie Fournier for sticking to it, and following this case to this decision.  It’s not an easy struggle to fight a ridiculous lawsuit through various levels of the justice system for years; and case law was made today, which makes the internet a little bit freer for political message boards, bloggers and others.

You can read more about this decision at:

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This is a big victory for freedom of speech on the internet.   It appears that the costs have been split and the Fourniers are on the hook for a substantial amount to defend themselves.

If you can help, please do:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Growing Awareness of Freedom of Speech | Keltie Zubko

Growing Awareness of Freedom of Speech 

by Keltie Zubko

“We don’t absolutely make it illegal to talk about certain subjects, we just make it so dangerous, with so many obscure and complex rules that no one dares to go there.  Somewhat like gun laws. We don’t overtly ban all fire arms. No, we would find too much resistance and rational criticism. The hypocritical Canadian way is simply to regulate them out of existence, gradually, just like controversial speech. Hate laws mean whatever we say they mean. We will only tell you after you say something if you have offended. This is the process of gradual Marxism. The state gradually disarms the citizen of their weapons and their free speech by slow degrees so that absolute control both physical and mental will be with the state.”

~ Free Speech Lawyer Doug Christie speaking at the University of Ottawa, April 8th, 2010


There could hardly have been a more dramatic or heart-breaking way to start 2015 with a spot light on the essential underpinning of free societies, than with the murders of the satirists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris this month where it appears that the writers and artists and body-guards were assassinated for their views.

The extreme censorship of killing those who express opinions in opposition to one’s own cannot fail to engage the whole world’s attention upon the issue of freedom of expression.

Those who have been paying attention and noticed the growing unwillingness of even the so-called “democracies” to uphold the principles of free speech will not be surprised.

Censorship by killing the messenger is only the extreme form of what goes on, and is continuing to go on, even today, in Canada, the United States, and other so-called “free” countries of the world where censors seem to be growing in power. You would be hard-pressed to find any country that is not increasing laws, regulations and unspoken strictures against certain speech. There’s a growing convention that holds a certain kind of “tolerance” to be a greater value than freedom of expression.

This is true from our public lives to our private sectors, from our kindergartens to our supposed bastions of free intellectual enquiry, the universities.

Jokes seem to be drawing heat and censured more than ever, but watch out if you dare touch those certain forbidden topics.

It was quite remarkable to see all the journalists and politicians and everyone with a Twitter or Facebook account adopt the identity of Charlie Hebdo, with the ubiquitous signs that suddenly popped up everywhere. How sad to realize what it would take for most of these people to notice the issue of free speech, much less take a stand for it.

Only the visceral shock of the most absolute form of censorship finally motivated some action, albeit the token action of changing profile pictures on social media accounts. When it got to the degree of republishing Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons, there was much more reluctance. At least the issue became a cause celebre for a period of time, debated and argued along with all the political, religious, social, philosophical problems that co-exist with the issue of free speech.

These are highlighted by such events as the arrest of over 70 people in France for alleged hate crimes, within days of the Paris march. Their crimes are supposedly defending or glorifying terrorism, and the most famous of these is by a comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, charged over a Facebook post saying “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly.” This is a combination of the names of magazine Charlie Hebdo and Amedy Coulibaly, the attacker who killed four hostages at the supermarket. Dieudonne also has repeatedly been prosecuted for anti-Semitism. He explained the post in an open letter to the French Interior Minister Bernard Caseneuve, saying he was being silenced by free-speech hypocrisy. “You consider me like Amedy Coulibaly when I am no different from Charlie.” It appears that only approved people are allowed to say “Je Suis Charlie.”

Meanwhile, there is a contest in Iran, seeking entries of cartoons about the holocaust. We shall see how many “Charlies” enter that!

The big question, of course, is when it comes to defending a few individuals whose freedom of speech is still at risk, today, here and now. We’ll see if any of the brave journalists or marchers will put their money where their Facebook status is!

Who will donate, just for example, to the defence fund of Arthur Topham, charged under section 319(2) of the Canadian Criminal Code, so he can hire a lawyer and maybe get a fair trial, when the long process of a criminal trial (after first being put through the human rights act’s wringer) finally takes place this coming October in Northern B.C. for his website He and his family have been fighting for freedom of speech for years now, but of course the “Charlies” may not find his ideas palatable.

When I heard about the deaths at Charlie Hebdo, the first image that came into my mind was the smashed and bleeding face of Robert Faurisson, from Lyons, France, beaten by some young men for his opinions about historical revisionism that he had and still has put forth for decades. That beating, in September 1989, was hardly noticed except by fellow revisionists, and certainly no media would dare to actually defend Dr. Faurisson’s right to speak his opinions, unmolested.

Then I thought about the fire-bombing of Ernst Zundel’s house in downtown Toronto that resulted in the partial destruction of his house and his many precious possessions, like his library of rare books. No one died, it’s true. The rationalization was that he deserved it. I don’t recall the media stepping in to condemn this kind of violent censorship. No one would ever want to say “I am Zundel”; his opinions were too far beyond the pale.

I also remembered years of living with death threats when my husband Doug Christie dared defend people charged with word and opinion crimes. Our office was vandalized, we were attacked on the way to court, threatened with horrific consequences, and very seldom did Doug get any credit for defending principles fundamental to a free and democratic society, i.e. freedom of speech. No, he was reviled for sympathizing too closely with his clients. He lived and died with the tagline “lawyer to holocaust deniers, neo-Nazis and hate mongers.”

If the journalists and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo have made one thing clear with their courage to express themselves and in their tragic deaths, it is to bring the debate out where it belongs, where we all must come to terms with what we value, what we will fight for, what the limits might be, what we are prepared to accept or not accept.

What is freedom? What does it really mean? How much do you care about freedom? What values do you place above freedom? Many people believe we need a society where no one offends anyone else, where we maintain a patina of niceness from kindergarten to university, the workplace and government and on to the grave. This seems to be the trend right now. Ask the Dentistry Students at Dalhousie or the potential law students who want to go to their Christian Trinity Western University and then practice law in BC.

I contend that no matter how unpleasant the free expression of ideas may be, it is necessary to help us understand what precisely we do believe and think. Freedom of expression is necessary to create the great pool of invention and creativity responsible for enhancing our lives as human beings in every field imaginable, even religion.

After seeing years of the creeping advances of thought police throughout the world under whatever guise they take and which has culminated in this most extreme and terrible attempt to kill ideas, I think that the consequences of censorship are far worse.


Keltie Zubko is the editor and publisher of Friends of Freedom a private newsletter for the supporters of the Canadian Free Speech League, dealing in cases of censorship and persecution of political, religious, and historical opinion. She is also the wife of former “Battling Barrister” Douglas Christie who tragically passed away in March of 2013.


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