It took nine days for their letter to reach me on July 25, 2019, and in that letter they said I could “submit evidence, in writing, regarding the admissibility of the material”, and it had to be received by them “within 14 days of the date of this letter”.
The background: The Canadian Border Services Agency stole 5 books from me at the Calgary airport on April 24, 2019 upon my return from New York. My first article describing what happened is here. My first letter, then their response, and my second letter to them can be found in those links.
My third letter to the Canadian Border Services Agency follows.
2019 August 12
Canada Border Services Agency
171 Slater Street, 7th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0L8
Traveller Compliance Unit / Prohibited Importation Appeals (address below)
RE: Seizure of personal property (books) at Calgary Airport on 2019/04/24
Regional Control No: 2019-7011-K19-0001
This is my third letter to the CBSA regarding your seizure of my books.
The level of absurdity has reached astronomical proportions. It leaves me speechless. Let me try to find words to describe the paradox.
First, the deadline for rebuttal is impossible to meet. Your letter, sent by ordinary mail, was dated July 16, 2019, and I received it at the Jasper post office 9 days later on July 25th. Keep in mind it is the height of summer. Your letter stipulated that you must receive, by mail, my evidence and arguments within 14 days of the date on your letter, which would have put the deadline at July 30th. If my letter took just as long to reach you as yours to reach me, it would already have been too late, and would have allowed a negative amount of time for me – in your words – “…to submit evidence, in writing, regarding the admissibility of the material. Such evidence should include any arguments that you might choose to make with respect to artistic, literary, or other similar merit (e.g. educational, scientific, etc) of the material in question…”
The more serious matter is that the onus of proof is reversed. You say I should provide evidence that these books do not constitute “hate propaganda”. If something does not exist, it is a moot point to prove it does not exist. If it does exist, then the person alleging that it exists should prove that it exists. The onus MUST be on the accuser to prove their accusation. Your logic is false.
The next flaw in your case against me is that you have stolen the evidence! You have taken away my personal possessions, the books that you deemed offensive. How am I supposed to gather and submit evidence regarding the “admissibility of the material” when you have taken the allegedly-offensive books away from me???