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Over the past 35 year one man has stood up to the Almighty State in the arena of Free Speech: Douglas Hewson Christie.
On March 11, 2013 Doug Christie succumbed to cancer, leaving behind his wife and two children. My most heartfelt condolences go out to them as they deal with the loss of father, husband and hero.
To quote Doug's wife Keltie,
I am sorry to have to tell you that Doug passed away this afternoon at about 4 p.m. from metastatic liver cancer.
The children and I, and his sister Jane, were privileged to be present.
Two and a half weeks ago he was fighting his last case in court, determined to finish and not let down his client.
There will be a funeral in Victoria and opportunity for those who were touched by his life, to attend. This will be announced as soon as we know details.
Right now we are dealing with the great shock and sorrow.
While the Christie family mourns the loss of the head of their family, the rest of us are left mourning not only the loss of a friend, but the loss of the one man who consistently stood up to state censorship.
His legal battles are literally the history of the battle for Freedom of Speech in Canada.
I had the honour and pleasure of meeting and working with Doug over the past 7 years and, contrary to public perception, the man I knew was not only kind and honourable, he was arguably the man most committed to fighting for our God-given Rights and Freedoms.
Doug, I will miss you and your tenacity, dedication and devotion to us all.
To Keltie, Cadeyrn and Kalonica, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you... and that if you need anything, please just ask.