Calgary Freeman not true to the movement, claims member
'You cannot harm somebody, you cannot do fraud in your contracts,' says B.C. Freeman
Some members of the Freeman-on-the-Land movement are upset by the actions of a Calgary man who is refusing to leave a northwest duplex after claiming it as his embassy.
To be quite honest, I've absolutely had it with these people.- Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis
The man also put a lien on the Parkdale property for unauthorized renovations he did.
Kamloops, B.C. resident Brian Alexander is also a self-described Freeman-on-the-Land, but owns the property he lives on.
"You can't claim a rental property as your own private property," he said.
Alexander says the Calgary tenant's actions are "dishonourable."
"The things that he has pulled are not part of the movement. You cannot harm somebody, you cannot do fraud in your contracts and [that is] what he appears to be doing," said Alexander.
"Again, everybody is innocent until proven guilty, and so we are trying to get to the bottom of this and find out what the facts are."
Freemen don't have a formal organization or leaders, but do have an unofficial code of conduct.
Alexander said it's everybody duty to "minister" to their fellow members when someone does something wrong.
"We are seeing that with what's happening in Calgary now because of what this guy who is claiming to be a Freeman, but obviously his actions are not that of a Freeman," he said.
Freeman movement trying to remedy situation
Alexander says the movement is trying to "remedy" the situation for the Calgary landlord, but it's unclear what the group has in mind.
He suggests the tenant come forward and be held accountable, even if that means going to jail.
Meanwhile, this case is increasing their own suspicions of authority.
"There are some questions as to whether he is legitimately acting on his own or if he is actually being pushed by government powers to actually create a negative ... feedback in the public and within government to create more legislation to be able to take away yet more liberties on people," said Alexander.
A court order states the Calgary man must be out by midnight on Friday.
The tenant has so far refused to be interviewed, but he handed over a stack of documents to CBC that included personal notes and what appears to be legal documents of questionable authenticity as they lack the appropriate seals.
Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis had some strong words about the movement.
"To be quite honest, I've absolutely had it with these people," he said. "Every day legitimate people go to court for civil matters or for criminal matters the Crown has to prosecute and these people clog up the system with frivolous matters."
Denis says there will be a meeting with Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhuller and Calgary police next week to see what can be done to improve the process.