About Freedom Defence Canada

Freedom Defence Canada was formed by concerned Canadians who finally said to each other, “Let’s not just complain about the way things are. Let’s start doing something about it.” That is why FDC Vancouver Island was formed. We want to let people of like mind know that they are not alone, and that together we can do more than if we act separately. Since creating FDC we have discovered that we are part of a larger movement, and that there are similar groups springing up all across Canada.

Our aim is to network with them and mutually support each other so that we can bring you the best of what we do in the service of our nation and beliefs.

For the sake of our children and grandchildren we need to become engaged. What kind of Canada will we leave them if we don’t do something to stem the tide of liberal oppression? I shudder to think of what it might look like if we remain silent.

I hope you will join us here at FDC.

Yours on behalf of the board of directors,
Reed Elley

Mission Statement

Many of you visiting this website may already be acquainted with the aims and principles of FDC. In fact, you may have attended our first public meeting in Parksville when we were known as Social Conservatives United. Since that time we have changed our name to Freedom Defence Canada in order to better reflect our Statement of Purpose, and re-emphasize the fact that we are not a new political party.
“The purpose of Freedom Defence Canada is to defend and promote traditional values on current social issues. We will equip others to counteract the prevailing liberal ideology that intrudes upon our basic rights and freedoms. We will empower social conservatives through support and communication to have an effective voice in the public arena.”

Guiding Principles

  • Freedom Defence Canada supports the rights and freedoms guaranteed to us as Canadians in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Foremost among these, and today more important than ever, are the freedoms of expression, association, belief, opinion and conscience. We stand against any custom, law, political party or special interest group that seeks to diminish or destroy them.
  • Freedom Defence Canada asserts the fundamental truth that the identity of Canada was founded on, and remains rooted in, Judeo Christian ethical and moral principles. We oppose all who would attempt to revise the history of our nation in an attempt to obscure this truth, and we support the free expression of belief in support of this principle.
  • Freedom Defence Canada opposes the principles of Liberal Progressivism. We reject this extremist left wing world view and oppose all attempts to impose it on us. We believe that this ideology has led to the destruction of the most important institutions in Canadian society namely, the family, our educational system, the judiciary and our parliamentary and legislative traditions and assemblies.
  • Freedom Defence Canada supports the principles of social conservatism, a valid philosophy that deserves a place in Canadian life. We oppose those who seek to silence or marginalize it, whether in media, education or politics, recognizing this as a violation of our Charter rights and an oppressive and contemptible action.

Board of Directors

Reed Elley

Reed Elley, a former Member of Parliament for the riding of Nanaimo Cowichan and retired Baptist minister, is a father of 9. He has been married to his wife Louise for 50 years. He is not prepared to rust out but to burn out. Reed lives in Chemainus, B.C.

Irene Oakes

Irene is a retired health care professional who is deeply concerned about both our educational s and healthcare systems. Irene lives in Saltair, B. C., is married to Ken, and has two children.

Ken Oakes

Member at Large
Ken is a retired pastor and political activist. Married to Irene, he has two children and lives in Saltair,BC. A long-time observer of the social and political scene, he is pleased to be part of a movement fighting back against the creeping liberal ideology of the day.

Perry Foster

Communications Director
Perry Foster is a retired high school teacher, writer and political activist. He saw first hand the dangers left wing ideology presented in the public school system.  Brought up on the far left, he eventually became a committed Conservative. Perry has a deep understanding of leftist ideology and the dangers it poses. He is married and lives in Duncan, B.C.

Rick Higgins

Member at Large

Rick settled in Nanaimo in 1984.  His professional career was spent as a marine fisheries biologist.  He is married with two adult children and is passionate about standing for freedom of speech and a return to those moral and societal values which are the necessary bedrock for Canada's success in the future. 


Mike Groenewold

Member at Large
Mike is a former cabinetmaker who is currently delving into graphic art. Having become increasingly concerned over the social and political disintegration in Canada, Mike decided it was time to take action. He is learning what it means to fight for the Truth and not be cowed or silenced by lies and bad ideas. He and his wife live in Parksville, B.C.
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