Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Freeman-on-the-Land Andrew Paterson, who is to re-launch his CICV talk radio show this Friday, at 9 a.m.

About two weeks ago, Lake Cowichan resident Andrew Paterson officially became a Freeman-on-the-Land.

Unhappy with the Canadian government, for a multitude of reasons, Paterson’s freeman status revokes his consent to be governed by the Canadian government, though common law still applies – he must not harm others, steal, or create fraudulent contracts.

“Canada is a common-law jurisdiction. I am choosing to live under the common law, but not under the current structure,” Paterson said. “It’s a means of saying, enough is enough.”

As a Freeman, Paterson has abandoned his Social Insurance Number, which he refers to as an employee identification number for the government of Canada. Canada is, after all, a corporation, he said, with its head office the Washington embassy.

“I’m choosing to fire my boss. I don’t want the benefit/privilege that goes with the system,” he said.

One such benefit, Employment Insurance, is no longer available to him. On the plus side, although he must continue to pay consumption taxes, he is no longer liable to pay income taxes. Although some Freemen claim universal access to health care is a right in Canada, Paterson has private medical insurance.

Paterson’s intents are outlined in an affidavit he signed, which is a formal sworn statement of fact, and was notarized a month ago, and served on the Governor-General, Prime Minister, and others.

But why go to all this trouble? It’s not to avoid income taxes, Paterson said, citing a popular misconception. And it’s not so that he can do whatever he wants to do, either.

As a Freeman, he has to be more personally accountable for his actions, and he isn’t interested in becoming a hated member of the community.

“I don’t need to be told to drive 40 kilometers per hour to go through town safely,” he said, as an example, adding that rules commonly make enough sense that he complies with them, regardless of whether or not he has to.

One point made in his affidavit clears up this misconception. It reads, “it is my understanding that acting peacefully within the community standards does not breach the peace.”

The main reason for his actions is that he wants a better future for his daughter.
“I care about the world that my daughter and her generation will inherit. World governance created by deception of the masses is a legacy unworthy of support,” he reasoned.

During Paterson’s initial 30-episode talk show on the local CICV radio station, he outlined many areas that he feels the government is deceiving its people, and creating a bleak future for its habitants.

The fact that all political parties in Canada have become pretty well the same, is one such troubling development, Paterson said.

“Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss,” he said, citing a song by The Who. It’s this kind of smoke and mirrors effect the government pushes forward that tricks people into thinking they live in a democratic society.

One recent example is the Liberal government’s push for the HST, after having said, before the most recent election, that they would not be introducing the taxation.

“It’s working against our best interests,” Paterson said, of the government. “The people of BC have clearly expressed their wishes, and a representative government is honour-bound to respect them”

Having worked previously for British Petroleum, and other major companies, spending quite a bit of time in other countries, Paterson said that travel has helped make him realize how things are, globally.

The thing that pushed Paterson over the edge, towards following through with becoming a Freeman, was a documentary he watched on the residential school system. The movie, Unrepentant, by former United Church minister Kevin Annett, claims that between 50,000 and 100,000 aboriginal children were killed in the school system over a century.

“I believe him. He’s made an overwhelming case,” Paterson said, of the genocide. “To date, there’s been no accountability... The Canadian government is just as repressive as any government. You’d be amazed.”

He plans to launch the second season of his show on CICV this Friday at 9 a.m. Unlike his initial 30 episodes, which outlined various problems with the Canadian government and power structures, this new season will outline more positive things – solutions to these problems.

His main message is the same as last season – freedom.

“Once we can no longer remember what it is like to be free, how do we get this back?,” he asked.


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