The Ontario Land Owners (OLO) are a rural lobby group set-up to"... preserve and protect the rights of property owners and to enshrine property rights within the Constitution of Canada and the laws of the Province of Ontario." On the provincial level, MPP Randy Hillier is a founding member; federally, they are associated with Tory MP for Lanarck Scott Reid. Lately, the group has become quite taken with the concept of land grants, or letters patent , which they seem to feel give a landowner possessing one of these contracts some kind of absolute property rights to their land:
"There is not one piece of legislation, there is not one order in council that can overrule your contract with the Crown because it is based on contract law."
In any case, the OLO recently wrote to a number of Ottawa-region politicians extolling the virtues of these land patents, often delivering these letters to their private residences. The response has been negative:
Article from the Renfrew Mercury Thursday July 29-2010
‘Scary’ OLA letter received for information only
Ontario Landowners Association is distributing personal letters to local heads of council that have some councillors concerned.
At council’s July 22 regular meeting, Admaston-Bromley Councillor Sandra Crozier described the letter – which was delivered to Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe’s home in an envelope labelled ‘private and confidential’ – as “just too scary.”
The OLA held a meeting in Eganville recently on the patents issue. More meetings are expected to be held in other communities to inform the public about their property rights. The OLA letter advises council that any violation of the Crown Land Patent Act “will be met with as much force as necessary to affect our purpose of upholding and enforcing those laws, rights and privileges.”
This is not, incidentally, the first time folks within the landowners movment have threatened violence.