The P.E.I. government and Island police agencies have served formal notice to outlaw motorcycle gangs – you are not welcome here.
We are keeping a close eye
on you and the province is ready to assist courts and police with legislation
to investigate and prosecute you, if necessary.
It is an appropriate
response to the very real threats posed by the Hells Angels and other outlaw
gangs that have set up shop on P.E.I. The Angels arrived last fall, greatly
raising the alert level. Police in other provinces warned that the Angels are
here to establish territory.
Premier Wade MacLauchlan
felt the situation was serious enough to call a news conference, flanked by
police agencies and government ministers. He outlined possible measures open to
the province and police to curtail gang activity. It was a clear warning
whatever you do better not cross over into criminal activity. If you do, the
full weight of police and government agencies are coming down on you. If police
need additional help, it will be there.
The outlaw gangs did
respond. They met Saturday to discuss the province¹s ³discrimination against
bikers.² The Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents, which
charitably describes itself as a not-for-profit association, posted a response,
saying it "vehemently opposes the government's attempts to erode the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms of the sons and daughters of P.E.I."
And if it wasn¹t so
serious, it would be almost laughable to keeping reading, ³We, the motorcycle
community, will not be intimidated and threatened . . . "
Well that¹s too bad. We
vehemently oppose outlaw motorcycle gangs setting up on P.E.I. Why are you
here? It¹s not to conduct food drives or take tours to Anne of Green Gables.
No, you¹re here to conduct criminal activity. Drugs are your lifelines
everywhere you go. Why would anyone think it would be different on P.E.I.?
The ACC declared the
provincial response as fear mongering by the police and political pandering by
the premier. Good. If nothing else, the premier and police got your attention.
All the province has done
so far is have the justice department look at some legislative changes.
Granted, government should not be deciding what clothing its citizens should
wear in bars. But before anyone starts feeling sorry for the Hells Angels,
never forget that intimidation, threats and criminal activities are their
In response to the bikers¹
complaints, the department of justice felt obliged to issue a statement,
lest the gang¹s tender feelings were hurt. The government pledged that it does
not intend to implement any legislation that would infringe on anyone's Charter
rights. The goal of the premier¹s initiative is to ³protect the safety of
Yes, we must be careful
that the Charter rights of all citizens are respected and protected. And we
must avoid any expensive Charter challenges.
But the Hells Angels are a
criminal gang. They won't get too much sympathy around here.