As a number of people have asked me about this privately in the last little while, I will now bring all and sundry up to date regarding my now decade-long legal interaction with one Patrick Ross (self-proclaimed "Outlaw Tory" on social media and, in his own mind, the baddest dood on the Intertoobz).
It was more than 10 years ago that I sued Patrick Ross for defamation, whereupon Patrick smugly refused to even submit a defense and I was awarded a sizable default judgment:
After much chasing of Patrick around Alberta and Saskatchewan, rather than own up to his financial obligations, Patrick chose to file for personal bankruptcy, after which he did absolutely nothing to live up to his responsibilities under the bankruptcy regime, whereupon earlier this year I filed to have Patrick kicked out of bankruptcy, whereupon the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench was happy to oblige, in a ruling you can read here at the Facebook page of my old drinking buddy Dr. Dawg.
If you don't have the patience to read the whole thing, these two paragraphs would seem to sum up the overall tenor of the ruling (the conversion from PDF to text seems to have been less than perfect):
In short, the court system was, as you can see from the above ruling, more than fed up with Patrick's cavalier use of personal bankruptcy to protect himself while having not the slightest interest in living up to his responsibilities as a bankrupt, and has booted his ass out the door so that my original 2010 judgment of $85,000 is now back on the table and fully enforceable, and I have instructed my lawyer to begin the process of collecting the full and entire amount.
It is worth pointing out that the original judgment from back in 2010 has been increasing at a rate of 2 per cent per year so that, once one adds in a few thousand dollars in costs levied against him over the years, Patrick now owes me in the neighbourhood of $110,000 (CAD), and I have every intention of collecting every fucking penny of that. (It is also worth mentioning that, as long as Patrick dawdles in dealing with this, that amount will simply increase at the aforementioned rate of 2 per cent per year until it is paid off in its entirety.)
One final point. If history is any indicator, Patrick will once again dodge and weave and make himself hard to find. If that is the case, I have been assured that I have recourse to the Saskatchewan provincial Sheriffs, who can be tasked with the collection process, all of which would be done entirely at Patrick's expense. So if Patrick thinks he's going to continue to play the same childish games he's been playing for the last several years, someone should tell him the bad news.
I have been patient for almost a decade, and I am now out of patience. If Patrick Ross refuses to deal with this like a grown-up and accept his financial obligations, then he can explain it to the Sheriffs who show up at his residence to start taking his stuff. And that's all I have to say about that.
P.S. It's worth truly appreciating the situation Patrick finds himself in. Due to his relentless and arrogant non-compliance with the obligations of bankruptcy from the beginning, Patrick's own trustee discharged himself back in February of 2014, which means that, for the last several years, Patrick has been an undischarged bankrupt without a trustee. This means that, even if Patrick wanted to start paying off the conditional discharge order as ordered from back in late 2014, he would be utterly unable to do so as there is no trustee to pay it to.
Far worse, though, is that, technically, Patrick Ross is still bankrupt and will remain in that state in perpetuity until he pays off his entire debt to me, which -- as I have explained above -- the court has now ruled is entirely enforceable. In short, Patrick Ross now has to live with all the restrictions of being a bankrupt, with none of its protections. This is what you would call "the worst of all possible worlds," and it is entirely a world of Patrick's own making.
P.P.S. There is no possibility of Patrick appealing the above ruling as it is now long past the deadline for doing so. In case you were wondering.
P.P.P.S. You might want to check back here occasionally in case there are further updates.
BONUS TRACK: There is a certain irony watching smarmy right-wing gasbags like Patrick Ross lecture others on allegedly conservative values like "accountability" and "personal responsibility" and denigrate the principles of "socialism," only to flee sobbing into the protection of taxpayer-funded bankruptcy rather than deal with the consequences of their actions.
But I'm sure you already knew that, right?