Alternative title: how many degrees of separation are there between Ontario anti-wind activists and fringe medicine?
Most of my trawling through the federal disclosure records and databases is simply menial drudgery. But there are occasional bright glimmers of something interesting. One of those is Trueman Tuck, lobbyist extraordinaire, of Belleville, Ontario. Tuck only has a couple of dozen active registrations right now, but he has registered 263 times since 2007. He’s self-employed, and he’s a very busy, busy man. Oh, and did I also mention that “Trueman of the Tuck clan,” as he also calls himself, is
A Son of God and a Sovereign Spiritual/Human Being that is purpose driven to educate, assist and defend… other sons and daughters of God.
A quick Google search reveals that he is nothing short of extraordinary. Mr. Tuck has run for the Freedom Party of Ontario, the would-be patriach of the Canadian Tea Party, and an anti-public healthcare activist. And I really do mean anti-public healthcare. Not just the usual run-of-the-mill “let’s privatize everything” shill. He’s currently soliciting donations to combat “the illegal bullying and the malicious regulatory activities of Health Canada, Canadian Border Services Agency and Canadian Food Inspection Agency,” which are apparently involved in a variety of conspiracies to harm Canadians.
Most interesting, though, is the glimpse the Lobbying Registry provides into Tuck’s own activities. In addition to the operations I mentioned above, the following businesses are listed as being based at 444 Dundas Street, Belleville, Ontario, or P.O. Box 22100 in the same city, and are lobbying through Tuck:
- Canadian Coalition for Health Freedom — Maintains that drug regulation of dietary supplements is “destroying Canada” and must be stopped
- Friends of Freedom International — This group exists to “globally preserve, protect and enhance our individual sovereign supreme of free will informed freedom of choice”
- Live Longer Educational Foundation — A non-profit drug store that “will save you at least 15% to 25% or more off of the local market retail price” on alternative medicines, in exchange for an annual membership fee.
- People First Republic Party of Ontario — A political party dedicated to “providing sincere and caring Sovereign Spiritual Human Beings with their own political party”
- Tucks Discount Vitamins and Wellness Centre — Wants to “eliminate current prejudices to non-allopathic health care”
I find it hard enough managing just one blog. I can’t imagine operating three businesses and four NGOs. Mr. Tuck is a very busy man.Tweet