Where Are They Now?: Brian Alexander still a Freeman on the Land

Kamloops' best-known Freeman is taking a break from running for political office.

After vying for the mayor's chair in 2008 and 2011 and running for MLA as an independent in 2013 -- all unsuccessfully -- Brian Alexander said he's looking for new ways to advance his political beliefs.

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"I'm going down a different road. I think in the next year here, people will have a better understanding of my different directions. I have some plans here in the future in a different direction that has been previous," he said, adding he is also taking time to focus on his personal life.

Alexander is a self-proclaimed Freeman on the Land, a term used by individuals who believe they can opt out of laws made by governments in favour of "common" or "natural" law.

The beliefs have landed Alexander, who also runs a chimney-cleaning and wood-burning appliance sales business, in legal trouble over the years.

In 2010, he was pulled over for speeding and RCMP officers told a provincial court judge he refused to get out of his vehicle or recognize police authority.

More recently, Alexander spent several days in jail in 2016 on a contempt of court charge after turning his back on a judge and refusing to turn around at a driving-while-prohibited trial.

Alexander said he is still dealing with issues relating to the trial, where he was found guilty of driving while prohibited, but hopes to resolve those in 2018.

His new plans, which he declined to decribe in detail, will remain focused on government accountability. Alexander also continues to maintain his website, kamloopsbullshit.com, which he said he is updating once or twice a year with city-related topics, including the recently rejected Ajax mine and downtown parking.

While he doesn't feel much has changed at a civic level in the years since his mayoral run, Alexander said he is somewhat optimistic about change at the provincial level.

"Change in government is refreshing to see, but everyone has their own agenda," he said. "We'll have to see if the change in B.C. is for the better or just worse in a different direction."

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