A former mayoral candidate facing charges related to his behaviour while being issued a speeding ticket told a judge Thursday he does not consent to be governed by Canadian law.
Brian Alexander, who describes himself as a "freeman on the land" and writes his name Brian-arthur: alexander, demanded a provincial court judge relieve him of the need to report to a bail supervisor as he awaits a court date in January.
"Every two weeks I have to report in like a common criminal. I do not consent to that," he said. "It costs me time and effort. It's a hardship on me."
Alexander was issued a court date Nov. 4, after he was stopped for speeding on Halston Avenue at the west end of the bridge.
He was driving 99 km/h in a 50-km/h zone. Officers told him his van was to be impounded for seven days, pursuant to new provincial legislation designed to deter excessive speeding.
Alexander refused to get out of the vehicle or recognize the authority of the RCMP officers, the court was told. Only after officers threatened to break the windows did he exit. Throughout, Alexander was on his phone to 911 saying he was being assaulted by the officers.
The man has not been charged with offences, although RCMP has recommended he face charges of obstruction and mischief. The file is in the hands of the Crown.
Alexander told Judge Chris Cleaveley he does not believe Canada's Criminal Code or the court has jurisdiction over him.
The judge disagreed, however, and said Canada's criminal laws apply to everyone.
"The Criminal Code gives a provincial court judge jurisdiction to try this offence," he said. "I have jurisdiction over you."
The judge dismissed his application.
Throughout Alexander's appearance, four sheriffs stood silently in the courtroom as the man ranted about the action of the RCMP and his beliefs on the law.
The matter was adjourned until next week, when Alexander will have the chance to argue why his reporting condition should be set aside.
Alexander agreed to return to court then, but seemed reluctant to leave this proceeding.
"You're forcing your jurisdiction over me?" asked Alexander. "I want that on the record."
"The law has jurisdiction over you," Cleaveley responded, telling him he can buy a transcript of the proceeding if he chooses.
"Where is justice?" Alexander continued. "That people have to shell out (to get court records)?"
A sheriff asked Alexander to leave. Two sheriffs watched closely as Alexander visited court registry and lingered in the hallway outside the courtroom.
"I have the right to be here," he said to one of the sheriffs. "This is a public place, isn't it?"
Alexander is known for his often loud and direct expression of his opinions.
He was banned from City Hall in 2008 after scaring employees with his loud, intense style. He also started a web site www.kamloopsbullshit.com to offer his views on issues related to civic politics.
He ran for mayor in 2008. Part of his campaign effort amounted to driving around in his van with his web site address and a list of his important issues painted on its side.
In his application to have his reporting condition dismissed, Alexander described himself as a "natural man, a sovereign born by an act of God" and as such, "holds the power not to consent to unreasonable demands placed upon his person."
He defined freemen as a group of men and women who are breaking away from "the tyranny of de facto government systems."