Alberta’s Counter Terrorism Crisis Management team issued an internal security bulletin warning every public servant in the province about an Edmonton man with a history of allegedly intimidating justice officials and provincial employees.
The bulletin, obtained exclusively by CBC News, is entitled "Potentially Violent Freemen/Sovereign Citizen." It warns that a security threat assessment of Allen Nelson Boisjoli, "has rated him as having the capability to commit an act of serious violence against members of the Alberta Public Sector.
"His current intent is unknown and this bulletin is precautionary, however it is known that he is exhibiting behaviours that support the conclusion he is becoming more desperate."
The province’s security officials issued the bulletin because a warrant had been issued for Boisjoli’s arrest for intimidating a Crown prosecutor.
CBC News has learned Boisjoli has been arrested and is awaiting his first court appearance July 4. The bulletin was suspended June 19 after Boisjoli was taken into custody.
Court records show Boisjoli is facing one count of intimidating a Crown prosecutor and a second count of harassing the same prosecutor.
He also faces three counts of assaulting police officers. Other court records obtained by CBC News show Boisjoli has been previously convicted for threatening a provincial employee and was jailed for four months.
Refuses to acknowledge authority of judge
Boisjoli, the bulletin states, "is a self-admitted Freeman who subscribes to the belief that he is a sovereign citizen who can opt out of obeying the laws of Canada. Freemen are known to refuse to admit their identity, engage in the filing of vexatious documents, and speak in pseudo-legal nonsense."
Boisjoli posted an audio online of a court proceeding he surreptitiously recorded while acting as his own lawyer in a case where he was accused of breaching a court order. On the recording, Boisjoli openly mocks the court proceedings and refuses to acknowledge the authority of the judge.
"Is it not correct to say that if we are all free and equal, then no one has any authority over anybody else? Isn’t that correct? " Boisjoli asks the judge. Later he demands the judge show him what authority he has to preside over the case. When the judge declines, Boisjoli asks: "Are you even a judge sitting on the bench? Because that is very unlawful and you could be arrested for that."
Boisjoli later boasted in another video that the judge dismissed the case.
"I am pretty proud of this case because I thrashed them, and thrashed them hard," he said. In another online video, he boasts to several people about how he stood over a cowering Crown prosecutor and harangued him.
Sues police, Crown prosecutors and judges
In a lawsuit filed in April, Boisjoli sued former Human Services Minister Dave Hancock, several provincial employees, and several police officers, Crown attorneys and judges.
In a 50-page affidavit attached to the lawsuit, Boisjoli claims he was intimidated, defamed, and villainized by some of the same provincial employees and the Crown attorney for whom he was previously criminally charged for intimidating and harassing.
None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been proven. Hancock and the other defendants have filed a statement of defence in which they said the lawsuit was vexatious and was based on legal nonsense.
In an email, Alberta Justice spokesman Dan Laville said the bulletin was issued as part of the province’s compliance with occupational health and safety standards to prevent violence in the workplace.
"They are issued whenever an individual threatens staff, or threatens to take unlawful action against government," Laville said.