The Federal Government Locks Up Adrien Arcand Once Again: Access Denied!


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The Federal Government Locks Up Adrien Arcand Once Again:  <i>Access Denied!</i>

The Federal Government Locks Up Adrien Arcand Once Again:  Access Denied!


NATIONAL ARCHIVES OR DATA PENITENTIARY?

National Archives or Data Penitentiary?

Data Penitentiary or National Archives

RG146:  ACCESS DENIED!


OTTAWA 12 March 2020:  ADRIEN ARCAND BOOKS has been swiftly, specifically and arbitrarily denied all access to Library and Archives Canada’s RG146 Series containing records of the World War II internment, the release from internment, the legal appeals, the legal claims for redress, the police files, surveillance and other records including diaries and photographs concerning Adrien Arcand and his National Unity Party of Canada.

LAC pretends all these files are “closed” when in fact they are OPEN for consultation … as documented by David Rajotte, a senior archivist at Library and Archives Canada in a research article published by him to encourage their use by writers on Adrien Arcand.

On Monday, March 9th, 2020 at 10:44 am, my formal user card number at last arrived in my inbox, allowing me to attend at the National Archives in Ottawa to review materials.

On behalf of ADRIEN ARCAND BOOKS, I immediately made a formal request to Library and Archives Canada for access to a number of archival documents on Adrien Arcand, in particular on his arrest, his aborted trial, his wartime internment, his attempts at appeal, and then after the war his claims for redress.

The documents are held at the Archives on 395 Wellington Street.  Most are catalogued in Series RG146.

THE FORMAL REQUEST


From:  Research2020
Sent:  March 9, 2020 2:37 PM
To:  Consultation (BAC/LAC)
Cc:  Reference (BAC/LAC)


Subject:  Fw: Request to retrieve documents for consultation.

On Monday, March 9, 2020 11:32 AM, Research2020 wrote:

I am attaching a PDF list of documents in the Archives concerning Adrien Arcand who led the National Unity Party of Canada.  All of the documents would be of interest; however, the really important ones are highlighted in YELLOW, and I would appreciate having those first.  In particular the DIARIES and PHOTOS.

ANOTHER QUESTION

In case I run out of things to do, or I am waiting for documents to arrive while I’m on-site, is the SUPREME COURT OF CANADA file easily available on the QUEBEC SECESSION REFERENCE?  If it’s easily available, it would give me something to look at if I happen to be waiting for the other items to arrive:  https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/1643/index.do

Thank you for your time, I really appreciate it.
[Yours Truly]
Arcand.pdf

ADDENDUM

RERequest to retrieve documents for consultation.


Received:  Monday, March 9, 2020 5:14 PM
From:  Research2020 MtlResearcher2020@privatemail.com
To:  Reference (BAC/LAC) bac.reference.lac@canada.ca
BCC:  MtlResearcher2020@privatemail.com

Hi, Alison.

Thank you for this.  I was going to jump on the bus tomorrow; I hope & pray something shows up by noon or so on Tuesday, so I can come to Ottawa this week.

Thanks for the Debates online, I don’t usually need the paper versions; the links are much appreciated, as I have a hard time negotiating that database.

I presume ATIP won’t have to release the BC Gazette Notices to Creditors, or the other BC newspapers.  They will be looking at the Arcand material.

I hope that won’t take too long; because I need to really quickly check the BC Gazette & newspapers; and I can’t afford a hotel until the Arcand materials arrive before I jump on the bus.

License granted to the BANQ - Free digital publications and Web sites, countersigned by BAnQ on 25 September 2018.

License granted to the BANQ – Free digital publications and Web sites, countersigned by BAnQ on 25 September 2018.

If it’s of any use in possibly speeding up the ATIP assessment, I have a contract with the Quebec Archives who collect my English translations and other work on Adrien Arcand (contract attached).  The BAnQ distributes my free Arcand eBooks.

Also, I’ve just had a devastating robbery of an important fonds that was hard for me to get; it was Arcand’s writings out of a university collection.

So, I’m really hoping to “make up for it” by having access to other important materials on his internment; and I suspect the Mackenzie King government confiscated Arcand’s personal diaries because they contain evidence he was innocent of the allegations when they interned him without trial.

Thanks, I will wait for news.
[Yours truly]
Attachments:
– contract with the Quebec archives
– front & back covers of Memorandum & Request eBook underway; also the subject of a research article in development.

“Memorandum and Request

Re: Claims of Canadian Nationalists Against The Government of Canada for Unjust Internments

Memorandum and Request Re: Claims of Canadian Nationalists, Adrien Arcand

Memorandum and Request back cover

DOCUMENTS REQUESTED

 
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ARCAND FILED FOR APPEAL OF THE INTERNMENT, DOCS HERE: LAC, Department of Justice Canada fonds: RG13, BAN 2000-01038-5, box 13, file HQDOJ 9-141348, Memorandum from the Deputy Minister of Justice, 18th Sep. 1940, Application for Appeal, October 22nd, 1940; Privy Council Office fond, RG2, vol. 2, File D-15-2, Privy Council

54

RG146, vol. 4163, “Adrien Arcand” file: part 3, internal memo of December 16th, 1940; part 7, decision of 16th April 1941.

55

The information is contained in a summary of proceedings against Arcand: RG146, vol. 4163, “Adrien Arcand” file, part 7.

56

LAC, House of Commons fond: – RG14, vol. 2482, “Correspondence, June 1942” file: letter from Adrien Arcand, May 7th, 1942; – RG146, vol. 4164, “Adrien Arcand” file, part 10, letter from Adrien Arcand, June 8th, 1942; – RG14, vol. 2483, “Minutes of proceedings” file, 1942- 1943, report of meeting, July 14th, 1942.

58

LAC, Office of the Receiver of Enemy Assets fonds, RG117, vol. 2025, file 5237 (Abdelahad), vol. 663 and 664, file 4658 (Clément) and vol. 671, file 5079 (Arcand);

64

RG146, vol. 4163, “Adrien Arcand” file, part 4: – report, March 26th, 1945, – letter from the Commissioner of the RCMP to the Minister of Justice, June 22nd, 1945; – order to release Arcand, June 28th, 1940; – release forms, July 3rd, 1945.

65

See RG146, vol. 4163, “Adrien Arcand” file, part 7, report, no date.

66

Several motions for a new trial were sent to the RCMP. They are in RG146, vol. 4163, “Adrien Arcand” file, parts 4 and 5.

67

The evidence file prepared by the authorities in 1945 is available at LAC, Department of Justice fond, RG13, vol. 2630, file 9-149414.

68

RG146, vol. 4163, file “Adrien Arcand”: part 5: – memo, August 13th, 1945; part 7: – letter from Gérald Fauteux, September 7th, 1945.

69

Débats de la Chambre des communes: – 13th September 1945, p. 155, – October 1st, 1945, pp. 607-609. [ I would ALSO like the English version of these Debates.]

70

RG146, vol. 4163, “Adrien Arcand” FILE, part 5: – list of material returned to Arcand, November 23rd, 1945; – list of material for destruction, September 17th, 1945.

71

ARCAND’S DIARIES
“Various documents were still preserved.  The SCRS archives still contain today a photo album from the 1910s and 1920s, as well as diaries.

These documents are found in RG146, vol. 4164, “Adrien Arcand” file, pockets 1 and 2. – I need the diaries and the photo album for his biography.

72

ARCAND FILED A COUPLE OF LAW SUITS: See LAC, Exchequer Court fond, vol. 1658, file 45476.

73

RG146, vol. 3515, “NUPC, Montreal” file, Part 14, – Petition to the Court of the Sessions of the Peace, November 20th, 1948;

– note on the hearing, December 29th, 1948;
– judgment of the Court, January 26th, 1949;

LAC, Louis St. Laurent fond, MG36, L, vol. 169:
– letter from Salluste Lavery to Louis Saint-Laurent, December 29th, 1950;
– Office of the Receiver of Enemy Assets, RG117, vol. 671, file 5079, letter from Salluste Lavery to Louis Saint-Laurent, August 5, 1952;
RG146, vol. 4164, “Adrien Arcand” file, part 9, letters from Adrien Arcand to the Minister of Justice, November 11th, 1957, November 15th, 1958; Part 10, Report on Arcand’s Claims, June 24th, 1959.”

78

RG146, vol. 4164, “Adrien Arcand” file, part 10, report, 24th January 1963, and transcript of the interview with Adrien Arcand, 1963.

THE RG146 FILES REQUESTED
ARE OPEN

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

In his article, L’État canadien contre le Parti de l’unité nationale et Adrien Arcand1 (translation: “The Canadian State Versus The National Unity Party and Adrien Arcand”), published in 2018 as a research guide on the life and times of Adrien Arcand, LAC senior archivist, David Rajotte criticized two authors on Arcand for their sloppy research:  François Nadeau and Hugues Théoret.  Frustrated by their incompetence, Mr. Rajotte wrote a detailed research guide to the holdings on Arcand at Library and Archives Canada, inviting authors and researchers to use them.

At the beginning of March, 2020, I extracted a number of items from the footnotes to Rajotte’s article and planned a bus trip to Ottawa to view them.  48 hours after submitting the list of materials ― most of them in LAC’s RG146 Series on the RCMP and surveillance ― Library and Archives Canada slammed the door shut and locked it by suggesting I appeal their denial, which is an abuse of process.

But this was no surprise, because the first thing LAC told me, even before I submitted my request, was cancel your travel plans and wait till your documents arrive.  Actually, I did cancel my hotel (good thing), but I lost my deposit.

LAC DENIES ACCESS

LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA SQUELCHES THE ARCAND FILES

BAC-LAC Request for textual archival material


Received: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:24 PM
From:  Consultation (BAC/LAC) bac.consultation.lac@canada.ca
To:  Research2020 MtlResearcher2020@privatemail.com


EXTRACT OF EMAIL FROM
FRANCE VACHON

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your request for archival material.  As you have already been advised concerning the ordering of published and archival material by some colleagues, what follows concerns the archival material ordered for you to date and incorporated into QMS #109054.  […]

Regarding the RG146 series, I have been advised by ATIP that these files are all closed.

Should you wish to pursue a formal review at a cost of $5, please visit http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/transparency/atippr/Pages/how-to-make-request.aspx for more information. Please note that the formal review does not guarantee that the file will be made available.

ADRIEN ARCAND BOOKS
IMMEDIATELY CONTESTS

ATIP MEANS “ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND PRIVACY”

Re:  BAC-LAC Request for textual archival material
Received:  Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:10 PM
From:  Research2020 MtlResearcher2020@privatemail.com
To:  Consultation (BAC/LAC) bac.consultation.lac@canada.ca
BCC:  MtlResearcher2020@privatemail.com

Hello, Ms. Vachon.

Thank you for this information.  You said:  “Regarding the RG146 series, I have been advised by ATIP that these files are all closed.”

ATIP is mistaken.  I presume that ATIP put its decision in writing to deny access to “all” files in the RG146 series.  I would like to have a copy of it, please.  And I would like to point out two things.

NUPC Internment Research 1940 (Cover)

NUPC Internment Archive (1940).  Download it at Archive.org (The Internet Archive).  A.S. gave me a copy of his documents; I produced them here as an ebook, it has an ISBN and has been legally deposited with LAC.


1.  First of all, a colleague and neighbor of mine, [A.S.], obtained scans from LAC of a large file of internment papers on Arcand directly out of the RG146 series, just last year.  Those archival papers were also reviewed by ATIP, and approved for release.  (A copy of the [A.S.] purchase order for these RG146 series materials is attached.)  The invoice came to $133.14 with tax (invoice attached).  Payment of the invoice was confirmed by LAC (three credit card receipts, also attached).  Mr. [A.S.], in addition, clarified with LAC that the documents released were free for circulation.  In addition, the particular file of internment documents was physically marked with a black rubber-stamp as “closed,” meaning that no further documents were to be added to the contents.  “Closed” in that case did not mean the file was unavailable to researchers.  So, obviously, the RG146 series is not, in fact “closed” (meaning access denied to researchers like myself), as now alleged by ATIP.

2.  Secondly, the RG146 series files that you say are all marked “closed” by ATIP (i.e., denied access) are specifically referred to as available to researchers in an article by David Rajotte, a senior archivist at your very own Library and Archives Canada.  Mr. Rajotte published his article precisely to tell researchers where to find these records.  All of the the RG146 series files that I have just requested from Library and Archives Canada, and which have been denied to me by ATIP, are footnoted in Mr. Rajotte’s very detailed article designed for researchers, as available.

Mr. Rajotte, himself, therefore, obviously accessed all the RG146 series materials and viewed them in order to know what was in the files, in order to recommend them to authors and researchers on Adrien Arcand.  I find it hard to believe that a senior archivist at Library and Archives Canada would publicly recommend them to other researchers if the files were locked or as you say “closed,” and unavailable.

I am referring to this article:  L’État canadien contre le Parti de l’unité nationale et Adrien Arcand by David Rajotte, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada: https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/bhp/2018-v26-n3-bhp03727/1046920ar/

Rajotte, <i>L’État canadien contre le Parti de l’unité nationale et Adrien Arcand</i> (2018)

Rajotte, L’État canadien contre le Parti de l’unité nationale et Adrien Arcand (2018)

Right off the top, Mr. Rajotte, in his article, used a photograph of the leadership of the National Unity Party of Canada sourced from RG146.  Materials in the RG146 series are cited copiously all throughout Mr. Rajotte’s article.  I requested access to photographs and other materials from the RG146 series footnoted by Mr. Rajotte in that article.

Mr. Rajotte moreover produced and published his detailed article to encourage proper research by authors and academics.  Mr. Rajotte criticized sloppy research by two named authors. Said Mr. Rajotte:

ENGLISH TRANSLATION ADDED FOR THIS POST

Délaisser les archives gouvernementales mène à plusieurs erreurs de faits et d’interprétation.  Jean-François Nadeau, un des biographes, avance, par exemple, que William McDuff, partisan néo-écossais d’Arcand, a été interné.  Les policiers ne l’ont pourtant jamais même rencontré, comme on le verra dans la suite de cet article.

“Forsaking government archives leads to numerous errors of fact and interpretation.  Jean-François Nadeau, one of the biographers, maintains, for example, that William McDuff, a Nova Scotian supporter of Arcand, was interned.  But, the police never even met him, as will be seen later in this article.”2

In another paragraph, Mr. Rajotte criticizes author Hugues Théoret for his failure to do proper research.  Says Rajotte:

Hugues Théoret relate pour sa part son insuccès à retrouver des documents produits par la Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC) sur Arcand, alors qu’ils sont à Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.

Hugues Théoret recounts his failure to find documents on Arcand produced by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), however, they are at Library and Archives Canada.”

There could be no clearer, open invitation to come and see the files Mr. Rajotte footnoted, than these two criticisms.

It would seem an awful waste of the time of a senior archivist of Library and Archives Canada, and a waste of time of his publisher, to publish such a detailed research guide, obviously intended for the use of authors and academic researchers, to encourage them to come and use these archives, only for access to then be denied once a researcher actually requested the recommended files; as ATIP has just done to me.

Either Mr. Rajotte has wasted his own time in mysterious ignorance of the fact that “all” the RG146 series files are “closed” and unavailable to researchers; or ATIP has made a mistake.

So, if you would please let me have a copy of the ATIP decision, I will formally contest it.  […]

Thank you for your time.
[Yours truly]
ADRIEN ARCAND BOOKS
Montreal, Canada

CONCLUSIONS

 
Appeals from denials of access to available information are an abuse of process.

Refusal by public officials to do their salaried jobs properly, according to the law, impartially toward all citizens, is fraud and theft of the taxpayer’s money.

Abuse of power and manipulation of the “system” by public officials to target and destroy the rights of citizens is malfeasance.

The Memory Hole at Library and Archives Canada

The Memory Hole at Library and Archives Canada

In particular, it is criminal when the type of abuse is intended to hijack the country, slant its politics, control its viewpoints, control its history and crush and silence political opposition.  That can be achieved by controlling information.

Unelected petty bureaucrats in cataloging, reproduction, consultation, and other departments of Library and Archives Canada, at least since 2004 when I became aware of it, routinely engage in abuse of power to deny the public access to information.

Access to information appeals engineered to deny available information is soft warfare waged from within government structures by enemies of the country and its citizens.

These enemies should be fired; they should be tried and jailed; they should be fined; and they should be banned from the public service permanently for violating fundamental rights including freedom of information and freedom of speech.

Library and Archives Canada is our central and largest bank of public information, and those allowed to run it must not be allowed to subvert it on personal whim or for personal agendas.

Furthermore, jobs in the civil service should be rotated regularly to prevent cliques who abuse the public from forming within departments.

POSTSCRIPT

LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA
IS NOT CATALOGUING ADRIEN ARCAND BOOKS

I should have included this in my previous post, as an update on bannings.  Here is my short exchange of emails (not the first; and not the only department) with Library and Archives Canada because they are not cataloguing publications by Adrien Arcand Books.

From:  habeascorpuscanada
Sent:  Wednesday, October 30, 2019 11:10 PM
To:  ISBN (BAC/LAC)

SubjectRE:  ISBN Request – Habeas Corpus Canada / Adrien Arcand Books

I’ve checked the catalogues again, Voilà and Aurora, and Worldcat, and NOT A SINGLE TITLE that I have submitted with ISBNs, has been catalogued.

This looks an awful lot like blacklisting of me and of Arcand’s work.  And I’m going to write a post about it.  Because these ebooks have been online at the Quebec Archives for well over a year, and should have appeared in Worldcat by now; and there is no point in my taking out ISBNs with you people who aren’t cataloguing my publications AT ALL.

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Thursday, October 31, 2019 4:41 AM, ISBN (BAC/LAC) wrote:

Hello,

The ISBN unit does not receive the publications nor does it catalogue books.

I am forwarding your message to Legal Deposit unit, the section of Library and Archives Canada responsible for these tasks.

Thank you,

ISBN/ISMN, Direction générale du patrimoine publié
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
bac.isbn.lac@canada.ca / Tél. : 819-953-3997 ou 1-866-578-7777

ISBN/ISMN Published Heritage Branch
Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada
bac.isbn.lac@canada.ca / Tel: 819-953-3997 or 1-866-578-7777

________________

FOOTNOTES

1.  Rajotte, D. (2018). L’État canadien contre le Parti de l’unité nationale et Adrien Arcand. Bulletin d’histoire politique, 26 (3), 189–211. https://doi.org/10.7202/1046920ar

2.  In his article, Rajotte continues on François Nadeau as follows:

McDuff n’est en fait pas le seul individu présenté comme prisonnier par Nadeau dont le nom n’apparaît nulle part dans les archives de l’internement.

“McDuff is in fact not the only individual presented as a prisoner by Nadeau but whose name appears nowhere in the internment records.”

Jean-François Nadeau: historien?

Jean-François Nadeau: historien?

Can you imagine the feeling of people reading this supposed “historian”, François Nadeau, claiming their relative was interned as a Nazi in WWII, when in fact he wasn’t.  But this incompetent sells books.  This incompetent is catalogued in Voilà and Aurora and at Worldcat, and the man he slanders above all, Adrien Arcand, can’t get a word in edgewise, in French or in English, because LAC and Worldcat will not catalogue Adrien Arcand Books!

And the LAC is now barring access to archives on Adrien Arcand, abusively.  Any information LAC officials might disapprove of, such as facts to support Arcand’s innocence, is thus prevented from getting out.  This is Communist, when you can’t have another viewpoint.  There is no freedom of speech, thought, expression or association in Canada.
 

Ignorance is strength.
L’ignorance, c’est la force

 

New eBook:  National Unity Party of Canada (NUPC) Internment Research 1940

  The PDF version is now online. It’s only 17 MB.  26 Sept. 2019.


This is a new type of eBook from Adrien Arcand Books.  This is bona fide, primary source, raw, declassified research material, authenticated by the Ottawa Archives.  Declassified except for parts that are still redacted.

NUPC Internment Archive (1940). Download it at Archive.org (The Internet Archive).

NUPC Internment Archive (1940).  Download it at Archive.org (The Internet Archive).


NUPC Internment Research 1940 (Cover)

NUPC Internment Archive (1940).  Download it at Archive.org (The Internet Archive).

These are just some of the declassified papers in Ottawa concerning the 1940 (illegal) internment of Adrien Arcand and his men.  We know from his Memorandum and Request (1957) that he was interned because Roosevelt (FDR) ordered it.  There’s a lot more material out there that needs to be included in this research.  I don’t have the budget for it all, just yet.

There is a bit of junk in this archive, not directly related to the internments.  For example, the RCMP memos on a Mr. J.C. MacCorkindale.  However, it is searchable.  The found searches are highlighted in red and yellow (see below).

Most of these documents are in English.  Most are by the federal government.  But you will notice that the Government of Quebec of that day also had a hand in the file, and did nothing for these innocent men — nothing that appears here, at any rate.  The Quebec government simply handed them over, denying Quebec had jurisdiction.

NUPC Internment Archive (1940). Download it at Archive.org (The Internet Archive).

NUPC Internment Archive (1940).  Download it at Archive.org (The Internet Archive).

This is a big download, 202 MB when zipped, and it may be a bit slow loading and working on your PC, if you have an old one like I do.  To try to keep the file-size down, the final eBook holds only 30 pages in memory at any time, so be patient while it loads.  Sometimes, the front cover may go white.  I don’t know what to do about it, you’ll just have to reload the execute file if you want to see the front cover again.

If you download via torrent, please seed for awhile, help to keep it out there for others.  Thank you.

Because of the size of the download, I’ve hosted it directly at the Internet Archive (Archive.org): “NUPC Internment Research 1940”.

So, download and enjoy this very unusual eBook of primary source material on the 1940 internment of Adrien Arcand and his men.  Please let me know if you have a problem downloading this file; or if there is any problem with the file once downloaded.  It’s an execute file, a flash flipbook.  In a day or two, I hope to be able to put up PDF and ePub, as well.

I chose the dark wood background for this eBook as reminiscent of the camps.  I hope you enjoy the effect.


My description of this item at Archive.org reads as follows:

NUPC, the “National Unity Party of Canada” and Adrien Arcand and his men are the subject of the present file of federal government of Canada and RCMP documents on their 1940 internments (without trial).  The internements were carried out on the orders of F.D.R., aka Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the American President of the day.  Arcand was warned of FDR’s demand for his internment by a spokesman sent to him in Montreal by Lord Lothian, British Ambassador in Washington some 30 days before the arrests took place. That information comes from Arcand’s own 1957 “Memorandum and Request” that you can read online at http://www.adrienarcandbooks.com or go directly to: https://downwithhate.wordpress.com/

It can therefore safely be assumed that Arcand and his men — who after the end of WWII, and even at the beginning, are known to be innocent of any charge at all — were FRAMED by the Federal Government of Canada to please an American President. Innocent men were interned for years, and one died. Decent Canadians and their families were abused by their own governments to please a foreign government.

The research file you are looking at here consists of scans by Library and Archives Canada of an original federal government & RCMP file at the time of the internments.


I haven’t forgotten.  I still owe you the Memorandum and Request eBook, and an Editorial on the 74th Anniversary of Arcand’s release from internment.  Please accept this in the meantime, it was finished back in late July, but I haven’t a chance to finalize the Editorial or the other eBook.

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