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An update on our Right to Arms documentary

Well, this is fun. We’re starting to plan the travel for our Right to Arms project as well as doing a lot of research into our traditional right to self-defence. I’m especially looking forward to visiting Roman ruins in Britain.

Yes, Britain. I’m pleased to say one reason we’ve been fairly silent lately is that we’ve been working to get another project ready, on fixing the Canadian Constitution (we have a Kickstarter campaign for that one, here), that was slated for later in 2016 but for which we unexpectedly found a very welcome fundraising partner in the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. And because both projects deal with our heritage of liberty under law, there will be some important economies of scale on travel and other matters (including gear).

So we can afford to visit the UK for the Right to Arms documentary. Yeah yeah. But what about the Romans? How did they get in here? Or Quomodo huc? Simple. The right of self-defence in Canada, the determination to preserve life and liberty as natural rights, has very deep roots indeed. We’ll also be visiting the great forests of the UK to talk about the longbowmen, mainstay of English forces at Crécy and Agincourt, and predecessor of the rifle-bearing citizen soldiers actively subsidized by the Canadian government into the 20th century.

Of course we’ll also be going to important Canadian sites to talk about our own proud supporters of the right to bear arms like, say, Sir John A. Macdonald. And the heritage of First Nations warriors who didn’t know they were not to be trusted with spears, arrows and later guns. And the explorers who carried those long pointy metal things in scabbards without fear. “Ton bras sait porter l’épée” as our national anthem rightly notes.

We’ll have more updates for you as we get closer to filming. Pictures of me reading books and studying websites may not be the highlight of the whole experience for you so we’ll keep them to a minimum, though obviously it’s a crucial part of getting the details right. But just wait till we get to Bath!

Bath
Bath

 

Let’s fix our Constitution

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Seriously. That’s our next documentary project and it’s under way now.

Canada is a great nation founded on liberty under law. But our system of parliamentary self-government was already under considerable strain in 1982 when a group of sorcerers’ apprentices tried to fix the wrong things and bungled it. And the worst thing they did was shut the people out, not just in 1982 but ever since.

By now our Constitution is a mess. And yes, we can do better. Much better.

We’re delighted to be partnering on the fundraising for this project with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. You can get more information at fixtheconstitution.ca. But the core of the project is to explain what was right about our Constitution from the beginning, what was going wrong by 1982, how the “repatriation” made everything far worse and how we can go forward.

It’s not just a documentary. It’s a manifesto, with a plan for undoing the harm from 1982, correcting defects even in the original British North America Act, securing property rights, free speech and genuine self-government, and grounding it all in popular consent. It will include a draft revised Constitution that preserves what is right, straightens what is bent and discards what is wrong.

It’s part of our larger project of reclaiming Canada’s heritage. And as always, we need your support. We’re very grateful to everyone who’s backed our previous documentaries. And if you’re willing to help come to grips with defects in our fundamental law, reduce the gap between government and the governed, and get back to the basics that made Canada great, we’re asking you to back it again.

Why now? Because you fix the roof while the sun is shining. Why the Constitution? Because fundamentals matter. Why us? Because doing it yourself is the Canadian way.

It’s time to fix the Constitution. We can and we should. Let’s do it.