On September 04/07 the Kingston Whig Standard ran a hard-hitting editorial against native lawlessness in connection with land claims and the OPP’s direct contribution to the degradation of the rule of law and democracy.
“But if the aboriginals succeed in flouting the court, they may never pay directly. Instead, they will damage democracy by reinforcing the wrongheaded notion that courts are a mere convenience, to be ignored when desired. And if the OPP do not enforce the judge’s orders, they will have successfully helped erode the rules that bind this society together. The ultimate end of such scenarios can only be anarchy.
Which means no laws are sacred.”
On Sept 07/07 John Tory came out swinging:
“Speaking to reporters from Osprey Media newspapers…the provincial Progressive Conservative leader suggested he would establish a zero-tolerance policy on aboriginal land occupations if he is elected premier…”
“We can’t have even legitimate complaints settled by people taking the law into their own hands,” Tory said in response to a Whig-Standard question about the six-week-old uranium mine blockade by local Algonquins in North Frontenac.”
“I won’t just sit back and [these occupations] go on in place after place after place. The results of that are very predicable.”
“Tory also admonished Premier Dalton McGuinty for not using the courts or the “moral authority” of the premier’s office to end land disputes.”
Kingston Whig-Standard, Sept 07/07, Brock Harrison: One law for all: Tory; Conservative decries aboriginal blockade
“A local developer whose housing project was stalled by a Six Nations protest this week should not be left to fend for himself, Ontario Conservative leader John Tory said Thursday. “We cannot have a situation like that, where people take the law into their own hands.””
“”I’m going to be an advocate of one law for all,” Tory said, adding that he would also be a staunch advocate for the rights of native peoples.”
“The Conservative leader also said he would engage in dialogue with native leaders, making it clear illegal protests won’t help their cause. “I want to sit down and have a friendly but firm chat with the (natives).””
Brantford Expositor, John Paul Zronik, Sept 07/07: Tory wants ‘friendly but firm’ chat with natives over protests
Radio Station CD98.9 in Simcoe – serving Norfolk, Haldimand, Brant, Oxford and Elgin counties – carried Tory’s message:
“John Tory says that if he’s elected premier, he would put a stop to aboriginal land occupations, like the one in Caledonia. The Progressive Conservative leader says he would enforce a ‘one law for all’ legal system and apply it to those who occupy disputed lands as a protest. Tory says a zero tolerance policy is the only way to ensure that people don’t take the law into their own hands.”
CD98.9 Newscentre, Haldimand News, Sept 07/07: Tory Promises to Stop Aboriginal Occupations
MPP Toby Barrett had a few choice remarks of his own today:
“The bottom line is that government must make it a priority to work with the federal government and aboriginal leadership to create a framework to resolve land claim issues effectively.
“No matter the grievance, no matter the dispute, all of our laws – such as the Criminal Code – apply to all of us, equally, at all times – without exception. Whether it is in situations where protesters are concerned about environmental projects or land claims, unlawful action is not acceptable.
“And the Premier of Ontario must be willing to pursue civil remedies against those who lead protests that disregard public safety and disrupt the economy. We simply cannot negotiate with protesters who undertake unlawful actions.”
Conservative MPP Toby Barrett, Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant, newsletter of Sept 07/07 (Photo taken at inaugural March for Freedom, Oct 15/06 where Toby was one of the few politicians in Ontario to speak up publicly for law and order at a time when political voices of sanity were almost universally silent about the victimization of innocent Caledonians. Let’s also not forget MPP Tim Hudak who spoke out against the hysteria whipped up against the March by the Liberals. )
Firstly, we all owe a vote of thanks to the Kingston Whig-Standard for their editorial recognizing the damage being done to our democracy by state-sanctioned lawlessness. Well done! Thanks also to the reporters from the Osprey Media group for taking time to question John Tory about this oh-so-vital issue.
Toby, thanks for the strong position. You have always stood and spoken on the side of law and order.
To John Tory, here’s the comment I left for you on the CD98.9 post mentioned above:
Bravo, Mr. Tory. Bravo.
At least John Tory realizes that native lawlessness conducted with the full cooperation of the OPP is a serious threat to our democracy, and he’s talking about it. Contrast that to McGuinty who has never visited Caledonia, and who pretends nothing’s wrong.
Let’s not forget that both native and non-native people have been badly victimized by OPP/McGuinty Two Tier Justice. We must restore the rule of law in Ontario and equality before that law. Without it nothing else matters.
You got my vote Mr. Tory.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
- Kingston Whig-Standard, editorial, Sept 04/07: Aboriginals and anarchy (original story link)
- Kingston Whig-Standard, Brock Harrison, Sept 07/07: One law for all: Tory; Conservative decries aboriginal blockade
- Brantford Expositor, John Paul Zronik, Sept 07/07: Tory wants ‘friendly but firm’ chat with natives over protests
- CD98.9 Newscentre, Haldimand News, Sept 07/07: Tory Promises to Stop Aboriginal Land Occupations
- Kingston Whig-Standard website: www.thewhig.com
- Osprey Media website: www.ospreymedia.ca
- VoiceofCanada, Oct 12/07: Ontario MPP Tim Hudak – a leader emerges to tell the truth about Caledonia and the March for Freedom
- VoiceofCanada, July 30/07: Conservative MPP Toby Barrett says rule of law “not negotiable”
- VoiceofCanada, May 04/07: Leadership in Ontario has two names – John Tory and Toby Barrett
- MPP Toby Barrett website: www.tobybarrett.com
- MPP Tim Hudak website: www.timhudak.ca
- Ontario Progressive Conservative Party website: www.ontariopc.com