UPDATE 1222 EST Feb 03/07: Don’t miss the latest installment in the National Post’s ‘Rethinking the Reserve’ series, ‘Problems of governance‘ in which the myth that Canada is at fault for the misery of natives living on reserves is utterly destroyed, once and for all.
In ‘National Post takes the blinders off MSM,’ Jeff Parkinson and I gave some well-deserved recognition to the Post for taking a strong stand against landclaim lawlessness and political cowardice with their recent editorials and series, Rethinking the Reserve.
Today, we must recognize a true, unsung Caledonia hero for his continual efforts to hold the government accountable for their miserable failures in the face of outrageous aggression by native criminals: lawyer, John Findlay.
On Jan 30th, the National Post published a full page op-ed piece by Mr. Findlay, a Caledonia resident who is also the author of the Caledonia Class Action lawsuit in addition to representing Gary McHale, me and Caledonia residents in our suits against the OPP, OPPA and Ontario government.
‘Sacrificial lambs at the alter of Ipperwash’ is, arguably, one of the most hard-hitting, take no prisoners, tell-it-like-it-is statement of pure, unadulterated truth that has ever been written on the subject of Caledonia by a man who knows what he’s talking about, and has the evidence and experience to back up what he says. The story’s subtitle says it all:
A blow-by-blow account of how the Ontario government has left Caledonia residents to fend for themselves against native criminals and ‘warriors’
Findlay also makes a point of vindicating those of us who have been victimized by OPP Commissioner Fantino’s irrational obsession with blaming ‘outside’ activists for Caledonia’s troubles. In his very learned opinion, it is Fantino, native criminals, Toronto bureaucrats and politicians, and out-of-town police allowing their own agendas to interfere with law enforcement that are the real ‘interlopers:’
Mr. Fantino has blamed white activist “interlopers” for the problems in Caledonia. But the real “interlopers” that have caused the harm are the self-proclaimed native “warriors” from Montreal and Cornwall — not to mention Toronto bureaucrats and politicians; and the out-of-town police, including Ms. Boniface and Mr. Fantino himself. None of them have been able to distinguish between the criminals and the responsible members of the native community.
These “interlopers” are the ones who have harmed Caledonia, by letting their own agendas interfere with the proper enforcement of the law. If I can paraphrase Tecumseh: Caledonia was once a peaceful town — now made miserable by the likes of these.
National Post, John Findlay, Jan 30/08: Sacrificial lambs at the alter of Ipperwash
I called Mr. Findlay on Wednesday to congratulate him. Apparently, he’s been overwhelmed with positive feedback that includes an offer of assistance from one well-known political science professor/commentator. When I expressed my admiration for producing such a hard-hitting statement, he replied, “I was very careful when I wrote it. I didn’t say anything I couldn’t back up.”
‘Sacrificial Lambs’ is nothing less than an inspiring ‘must read’ document that helps bring us all just a little closer to a meaningful relationship with native people based on truth and reality, and not on the lies, obfuscations and desired naratives of criminals, politicians and police bullies.
The eventual publication of ‘Sacrificial Lambs’ began with a simple letter by Mr. Findlay in response to the National Post’s request for Caledonia stories. After reading his original letter, they asked if he would write a longer op-ed piece. They asked for 800 words; Findlay gave them 2,000. He told me that the Post published his letter virtually unchanged. The lesson for all of us is that good things can happen when we take the time to speak up.
Thank you so much for speaking up, John Findlay!
Well done, National Post!
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality