Gatineau Valley landowners arm themselves to fight for rights

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by admin on December 15, 2010

By Steve Connolly

The Quebec government may soon come to a shocking standstill as overburdened landowners discover they have more rights than they think. They’re spelled out in our Crown Land Grant Patents, according to Deborah Madill, president of the Ontario Landowner’s Association.

Recognized by the courts, the CLGP is a legal set of rules or an “agreement,” the original contract or land grants issued to the first settlers.

Informing all landowners of their inherent rights is just one of the many initiatives and programs brought forward by the 6,000-plus member OLA. Meanwhile, thanks to the concern of Low resident Albert Kealey, the OLA has now formed the fast-growing Gatineau Valley Landowner’s Association.

For years, West Quebec property owners, many close to the poverty level, have been the target of endless government interference, restrictions, zoning and unacceptably high MRC and municipal tax increases relating to such.

OLA research head and expert, Liz Marshall, says that “people are flocking in droves to obtain their CLGP Certificates.” People are angry and fed up with government meddling and constant tax increases.

“Crown Land Patent Grants are binding contracts that overrule legislation and confirm what the title holder has a right to,” Marshall said, adding that most people, including many lawyers, are unaware these documents exist. “There are court cases and court cases that have stood up in court.”

While these rights were granted to the original owner, unless they were subsequently negotiated away, they are still conveyed to the original owner. These rights include full ownership and use of gold, uranium, silver, tin, trees, etc. No one can usurp them from you in any way if you hold a CLGP Certificate.

With these rights, no municipality can force a landowner to have a septic tank pumped every two or three years and be forced to pay for it. Farmers cannot be ordered to spread, or pile, manure with restrictions. Buildings can be painted according to the landowner’s preference.

Marshall also confirmed that, providing neighbors are not inconvenienced, governments and those officials who contravene the CLGP, will be performing illegally if they restrict property-owner activities on their own lands.

We all need to reclaim our land, our property and our rights. You can start the process by joining the Gatineau Valley Landowner’s Association, which may soon be changed to the West Quebec Landowner’s Association.

West Quebec landowners are urged to attend the first open meeting of the GVLA meeting Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at the Kazabazua Community Centre, where Madill and Marshall will make a presentation and answer questions.

For information, call 819-422-3554 or 819-422-3662.

Steve Connolly is a resident of Low, Quebec.