Justice denied, Alexander MacKenzie claims

Amanda Jess
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PICTOU – Alexander MacKenzie claimed he has been denied justice as he protested outside Pictou court on Friday.

Alexander MacKenzie protests outside Pictou court on Friday. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS

MacKenzie, also known as the Ballot Box Bandit, said he is quickly prosecuted whenever he steps the slightest bit out of line, but is not recognized as a victim of discrimination himself.

“It seems like I’ve been protesting all my life.”

He was protesting inequality, he said. He feels he was treated unfairly during a settlement between Pictou Landing residents and the federal government in connection to Boat Harbour pollution.

He said he is bothered by a lot of things, the latest being a charge against him for moving a Department of Highways sign.

“I admit I moved the sign. It was in the wrong place.”

He said the sign for Pictou Landing had been moved, away from Boat Harbour.

He said he shouldn’t be charged for performing what he feels was an act of volunteerism.

He has also been charged with breaching his probation order by not keeping the peace.

On Mar. 12, 2012, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail and three years of probation for theft of property and mischief, stemming from an incident on May 2, 2011, when he stole a ballot box during the federal election.

MacKenzie began protesting on Thursday, and said he will likely continue until his trial date.

His next appearance is Apr. 22.

Organizations: Department of Highways

Geographic location: Boat Harbour

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  • justme
    February 18, 2014 - 10:43

    I don't see how there is inequality between races in this situation. Alexander MacKenzie has the same rights to file a lawsuit as Pictou Landing First Nations DID do....the money they recieved was a settlement, which was the result of a Law Suit they file....he didn't file a lawsuit. If a group of people got a surgery, and found out a material used was defective, and they signed on to be part of a class action law suit....and I did not.....when the money comes, I can't complain that I didn't get paid because I'm black, and all the rest happen to be white. I didn't file a lawsuit....pretty simple. He spends loads of time and energy breaking laws and being a menace....protesting, dragging flags behind 4 wheelers, moving signs he has no right to touch, and worst of all, stealing ballot boxes...he should spent that time researching lawsuits against government for environmental damages, hiring a lawyer, and suing! I don't know anyone who says he shouldn't be entitled to be compensated...but I think he prefers to be a perpetual victim. How dare he claim racism. Not getting a chunk of change from the government when first nations people did isn't racism. Racism is being hung from an oak tree because you're black, Racism is having crosses burned in your yard, Racism is not being allowed to eat in a restaurant because you're the wrong race, Racism is classmates telling you they can't go to your birthday party because of your last name, Racism is being called hurtful names that tear at your soul and no one doing anything about it.

  • Bandit
    February 17, 2014 - 10:27

    Perhaps Mr. MacKenzie can get some politicians involved & make this an election issue & we can vote on it...........................if there is a ballot box available.

  • Dawn
    February 16, 2014 - 11:03

    Must be nice to have nothing better to do than stand on a cold street corner holding a sign & dishonouring our flag & service personnel by pulling it on the ground behind a motorcycle. You'd think that after all these years, instead of promoting equality as he calls it, he'd realize that all he's doing is causing trouble & he'd finally grow up. I for one, am tired of his childishness & seeing his face in the newspaper yet again for more attention.

  • chief wiggam
    February 16, 2014 - 08:44

    in order for there to be any equality/justice people have got to go back to where they came from… it's what i heard.

  • roy jenkins
    February 15, 2014 - 16:05

    I agree with this man and there will never be justice in Canada as long as there is differences in races.

    • Tim
      February 15, 2014 - 17:31

      Seriously Roy? This man is just seeking attention. He is protesting because he is looking for people to feel sorry for him. I have no sympathy for a man that dragged a Canadian flag behind a motor cycle during a 1st of July parade. He hides behind the laws of Canada when it suits his needs but when he breaks the law he is being wronged. Sad.

    • Allan Fraser
      February 16, 2014 - 12:28

      2 wrongs do not a right make. Therefore, when Mr. MacKenzie breaks the laws of the land. He is deserving of punishment. In the same vein. When Mr..MacKenzie is wronged. Said laws should also be applied to those wrongdoers