Government Rule Through Intimidation Tactics

Naturopathic Doctor, Eldon Dahl, Raided by Health Canada and RCMP

Mr. Dahl sent the following letter to the Senate and to others on his list, asking that it be circulated widely. We are happy to oblige. His story provides an excellent example of what we can expect to become common place, once Bill C-6 is passed. It it will go to third reading in the Senate soon. We are appealing to Canadians again to write to every member of the Senate and demand that this Bill be sent back to the House. It has many provisions that are unconstitutional on the face of it, and it also affects Canadian sovereignty and our democracy:

Section 2 defines for the interpretation of the Act that government includes:

2(e) a government of a foreign state or of a subdivision of a foreign state; or
(f) an international organization of states

Section 36 gives government the power to create regulations for carrying out the purposes of the Act, including adopting regulations from:
36(2)(b) an industrial or trade organization; or
36(2)(c) a government (as defined including foreign)
36(4) A regulation made under this Act may incorporate by reference documents that the Minister produces jointly with another government for the purpose of harmonizing the regulation with other laws. (i.e. a foreign government’s laws)
Section 14 sets the recall powers and other measures of government as a result of an “incident”, with respect to a consumer product,
14(1)(d)(i) a recall or measure that is initiated for human health or safety reasons… by a foreign entity
Section 64 is a General Provision for greater certainty that, “orders made under this Act…are not statutory instruments within the meaning of the Statutory Instruments Act”. This means regulations and other instruments made under Bill C6 are not subject to the scrutiny and revocation of Parliament – making Health Canada, foreign governments, global corporations and international organizations free to control Canada’s markets and to dictate consumer choice.

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Dr. Eldon G. Dahl

Calgary, Alberta

November 11, 2009

To: Social Affairs Committee, Senate of Canada


My Voice Needs to be Heard

Health Canada raided my loving family – at gunpoint – and kept us prisoners in our own home for 11 hours while they confiscated both business and personal property. I am a naturopathic doctor who sells 100% safe natural products. One of the excuses for the raid was that the totally harmless folic acid (a vitamin) that I sell did not conform to regulations. Instead of informing me by letter or phone call, Health Canada used swat team tactics, which caused us extreme emotional distress as well as irrecoverable financial loss. This unreasonable search and seizure is proof positive that Health Canada cannot be trusted with the powers it already has.

We Need to be Heard

The steering committee of the Social Affairs Committee has excluded witness appearance days for opponents of Bill C-6 and from consumer groups who have an interest in the consequences of this unprecedented piece of legislation. Instead of democracy, there is another agenda in motion. C-6 is fatally flawed in that it unlawfully violates both the constitution and our charter rights as Canadians. Outspoken advocates of this position, including Dr. David Rowland, Trueman Tuck, Shiv Chopra, Helke Ferre and myself have been refused witness days.

In order not to run the risk of hastily enacting an unlawful piece of legislation, the Committee needs to lift its time constraints. It needs to give equal air time to learned opponents of C-6. True democracy demands it. It should be the right of every citizen to participate in any legislative process that would deny our fundamental rights as Canadians.

Health Canada’s Hidden Agenda

I read with interest the testimony of Health Canada officials before you on 21 October 2009. They basically told you to “trust” them: that they would not abuse the sweeping powers given to them by Bill C-6. I don’t believe them. Neither will you when you read how Health Canada conducted an armed raid on my loving family and treated us as criminals, keeping us prisoners in our own home for 11 hours.

Subsection 23(1)(d) of the Food and Drugs Act gives Health Canada the power to “seize and detain for such time as may be necessary any article by means of or in relation to which the inspector believes on reasonable grounds any provision of this Act or the regulations has been contravened.” Health Canada has for many years been using this clause as an excuse to remove from the market entirely safe products which are incapable of harming anyone, and in our case are products that many count on to build and maintain their health. By means of C-6, Health Canada intends to extend its confiscatory powers to every industry that sells consumer goods of any kind.

Note that subsection 23(1)(d) above doesn’t even mention safety or harm. It gives total discretion to inspectors to remove from the market any product which they believecontravenes the Food and Drugs Act. C-6 gives to Health Canada the power to do this (and much more) to those whose consumer products simply may not happen to conform to bureaucratic dictates.

Whenever a product is unjustifiably removed from the market, consumers of it are adversely affected by being deprived of its benefits and by having their rights to enjoy it taken away. Until now, Health Canada has been using its rogue powers to restrict the freedoms of health consumers. If C-6 becomes law, then every consumer in Canada will be affected by this runaway bureaucracy.

All of the products that I sell are totally 100 per cent safe. All are freely available for sale in health foods stores in the U.S. There has never been a single documented fatality nor even one documented case of harm caused by any of the products I sell, not ever, not in the entire history of the planet. Clearly, Health Canada has for many years been using safety as a smokescreen to hide its true agenda. What is worse, now Health Canada is using safety as the banner they wish you blindly to follow.

What happened to me and my family on 15 January is shocking and incredible, especially given that it happened in Canada and in 2009. My wife and I are still affected adversely by its impact. I wish I were able to tell you about it face-to-face rather than through the written word. If you would like to connect more personally with the events and injustices of that day, feel free to watch any or all of these four short segments recorded on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/media109#p/u/15/SBCHlTxUqNM

http://www.youtube.com/user/media109#p/u/14/C0Qc_njYdjE

http://www.youtube.com/user/media109#p/u/11/i75LovKvKVk

http://www.youtube.com/user/media109#p/u/10/THt0ClMp7FQ

My True Story – Bill C-6 in Action

Health Canada is already doing what they say they won’t do:

On 15 January 2009, at our home in Calgary, my wife answered the door. Four RCMP officers, one with his gun drawn and finger on the trigger burst through. The sheer force of entry damaged the locking mechanism, which lay on the floor. I will never forget the terrifying look on the face of my wife; I have never seen her so afraid. To describe the panic that I felt is nearly impossible. My wife raised her hands over her head in surrender, as an armed RCMP officer pointed his gun to her chest yelling, “That is not cool, that is not cool!” I thought she was going to be killed.

Unbeknown to us, at our daughter’s house across town, our daughter’s roommate was experiencing the same treatment. The RCMP and Health Canada broke into our daughter’s house without her name appearing on any warrant. This is her private residence totally unrelated to our business. The raiding party forced themselves into my daughter’s house and even kicked in her bedroom door.

That day’s events have permanently scarred my memory, and I live with the terror that it may happen again. I heard my wife say, “Please put the gun away! We are no harm to any of you. We are humanitarians, not criminals.” The RCMP kept us confined for the “protection” of Health Canada agents who arrived shortly thereafter, under the supervision of drug inspector Kim Seeling.

I was handed a search warrant and told of our right to remain silent, because anything said could be used against us in a court of law. The search warrant was for Folic Acid, the amino acid L-carnitine, plant based progesterone cream and other ultra safe supplements that are available over the counter in the USA or for export. I asked the officer for clarification, “You raided our home at gunpoint for common vitamins?” He answered, “We have a search warrant for these products.”

My wife asked the officers for their names and badge numbers; they refused her request. My wife, daughter and I were sequestered to sit in our living room for 11 hours. I asked the officer if I could photograph or film the investigative proceedings. He said, “You need to sit where you are. We are treating you very low key. We could place you in a holding cell till the search and investigations are concluded, but we don’t think it’s necessary if you cooperate.” Next I was supervised by two RCMP officers who forced me to open our home safe. Once opened, Kim Selling photographed its contents.

Whenever washroom breaks were needed, a male RCMP officer went with us and stood at the door and listened. Having my wife and daughter victimized in our own home clearly violated our Canadian Charter Rights. And why? Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure.

Storm trooper tactics were never required. The decent and humane thing would have been for Health Canada to notify me in writing or by phone call that they suspected some of my products may not have been in compliance, the let me respond and make good on any alleged noncompliance. After all, my products are 100% safe, as Health Canada well knows.

Present Day

November 15, 2009 marks 11 months. No charges have been laid against me. My entire finished products inventory (not only those listed in the search warrant) continues being seized, my case files are sealed, the RCMP Incident Report refused, and our Access of Information report has been denied. My ability to make an income remains severely restricted because I am unable to conduct any business.

Health Canada also seized my family’s personal computers plus a tax refund cheque that was in my desk. I am an author, and two of my books that were to be published are on the hard drives that were confiscated. Thus, I am also unable to earn an income from my writing.

In seizing my entire inventory, Health Canada violated Section 37 of the Food and Drugs Act, which exempts products that are not manufactured or sold for consumption in Canada. Many of the products I sell are destined for foreign countries and fully comply with the regulations in those countries.

Health Canada also went way beyond its authority by deliberately damaging my international trade reputation. This is an abuse of power with intent to harm. They questioned Slovakia Health, stating that they had concerns about our company’s reliability. When I asked what the enquiry entailed, the inspector at Slovak Health would not say what Health Canada was asking for nor if they divulged any of my confidential information to him.

Health Canada is already destroying businesses and livelihoods. C-6 would give them the power to escalate and expand their police powers exponentially, across many industries, including every retail store in Canada. Since Health Canada has a history of abusing the powers given to it by the Food and Drugs Act (the armed raid on my home being only one example), there is reason to believe that they will also abuse the even greater powers given them by C-6.

It is one thing to examine the wording of C-6 and yet another to see and feel its dire consequences. That is why it is so important for you to appreciate what happened to me and my family. Incidents like this will become commonplace if C-6 becomes law.

I write to you on Remembrance Day. My father, like many others, fought overseas in WW II for our freedom. Who would think that in 2009 we would be fighting again for freedom, only this time within our own borders and with a rogue department of our own government?

I am not a complainer. I can take punches like anyone else; but I ask you Canadian gate-keepers, how would you feel if this treatment happened to your family in your home? Do the right thing and protect Canadian citizens from harm, but in so doing, don’t take away our constitutional rights and freedoms.

Mine is just one story about Health Canada’s abuse of power over small businesses. There are many others.

Constitutional Concerns about Bill C-6:

– Scientific Ignorance. In the total absence of scientific evidence of harm, Health Canada intends to take action against product vendors.

– Allegiance to Foreign Governments. Health Canada intends to ignore Canadian

Sovereignty.

– Disclosure of Confidential Information. The Health Minister may

disclose personal and confidential business information to third parties

without the consent of the concerned person.

– Unreasonable Search and Seizure. Inspectors may enter any premises where

they believe there are products relating to the Act. They may examine and seize anything deem relevant.

– Trespassing. Inspectors may enter on or pass through or over private

property, without being liable for so doing.

– Use of Force. Inspectors may be accompanied by peace officers authorized to

use force.

– Confiscation. Goods seized may never be returned to their owner. Anything

seized may become forfeited to Her Majesty in right of Canada.

– Lack of Training. The Minister may designate any person to be

enforcers of the Act, regardless of their qualifications, training, or

experience.

– Unlimited Powers. Inspectors may take any measures they consider necessary

to remedy non-compliance with the Act, including putting the person out of

business.

– Excessive Penalties. Anyone who contravenes a provision of the Act may be

fined up to $5,000,000 and imprisoned for up to five years.

– Presumed Guilty. Anyone whom is believed to have contravened sections of

the Act is deemed guilty of an offence – even if their products are totally

safe. Anyone who pays a fine is deemed to have committed the violation in

respect of which the amount is paid.

– No Defense. Those named in a notice of violation are not allowed to defend

themselves by truthfully claiming that they exercised due diligence to

prevent the violation. Innocence and truth are irrelevant.

– Bypassing Parliament. Health Canada intends to expand the powers of C-6

even further by issuing Orders in Council which will not be subject to

parliamentary debate.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public

hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of

his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

11. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be

presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at

which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.

12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his

privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and

reputation.

17(2). No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Canadian Bill of Rights:

1. It is recognized and declared that in Canada there have existed and

shall continue to exist without discrimination by reason of race, national

origin, colour, religion or sex, the following human rights and fundamental

freedoms, namely,

1(a). The right of the individual to life, liberty, security of

person and enjoyment of property and the right not to be deprived thereof

Except by due process of law.

1(b). The right of the individual to equality before the law and the

protection of the law.

2. Every Law of Canada shall, unless it is expressly declared by

an Act of Parliament of Canada that it shall operate notwithstanding the

Canadian Bill of Rights, be so construed and applied as not to abrogate,

abridge or infringe or to authorize the abrogation, abridgment or

infringement of any of the rights or freedoms recognized and declared, and

in particular, no law o f Canada shall be construed or applied so as to

2(e). Deprive a person of the right to a fair hearing in accordance

with the principles of fundamental justice for the determination of his

rights and obligations.

2(f). Deprive a person charged with a criminal offence of the right

to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a fair and

public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, or of the right to

reasonable bail without just cause.

Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

8. Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable

search or seizure.

11. Anyone charged with an offence has the right

11(d). To be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a

fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.

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Please see the other posts on this blog regarding C-6 for more information and analysis.

Note: in your letters to Senators, while we are certain that this bill will be used to limit access to health supplements, vitamins and nutriceuticals, it makes no mention of them. Indeed, if you read be tween the lines, you can see that this bill could also be used to mandate vaccinations, but also does not mention them. Therefore, do NOT bring that up, as they will reject your letter out of hand. Focus instead on the constitutional issues and the issue of foreign governments and entities making regulations that will apply to Canadians! Please also demand that the Canadians for Health Freedom be allowed to present our objections to the committee before it goes to 3rd reading.

Thanks!

http://canadiansforhealthfreedom.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/eldon-dahls-why-we-must-stop-bill-c-6/


One Comment to “Government Rule Through Intimidation Tactics”

  1. Johan says:

    Our Founding Fathers would roll over in their graves. It’s not just Canada, this brand of strong arm intimidation tactics has been widespread in USA. One of the basic reasons for our style of government is to prevent intimidation and strong arm tactics, but our governments have become the biggest perpetrators. Has greed and lust for power taken their senses?

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