Justice denied, Alexander MacKenzie claims

Published on February 14, 2014
Alexander MacKenzie protests outside Pictou court on Friday. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS

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

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.