In ‘Sharbot Lake occupation falling apart, I provided links to various news items regarding the punishment handed out against those who conducted an illegal occupation that blocked the development of a uranium mine by Frontenac Ventures.
Well, it seems that MPP Randy Hillier, former president of the Lanark Landowners Association, thinks the occupiers got a raw deal. He and federal MP Scott Reid issued a media release saying that Robert Lovelace’s punishment was ‘cruel and unusual.’
They are starting to receive some calls and emails from people who are not too happy about criticism of a judge who has so far provided Ontarians with the only hope that the law will ever again be enforced against natives who disrupt society with illegal occupations.
My email to Hillier and Reid is below. You can send your thoughts to these addresses:
Randy Hillier, MPP
Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington
Queen’s Park Office: 416.325.2244 fax: 416.325.2166
Constituency Office: 613.267.8239 fax: 613.267.7398
Scott Reid, MP
Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington
Parliament Hill: 613.947.2277 fax: 613.947.2278
Constituency Office (Napanee): 613.354.1948 fax: 613.354.0924
VoC letter to
MPP Randy Hillier and MP Scott Reid
cc: John Tory, leader of Ontario PC Party
Feb 26, 2008
Re: your media release criticizing Justice Douglas Cunningham for enforcing law against illegal occupation
Dear Msrs. Hillier and Reid:
Billions of dollars of investment and hundreds of thousands of people in Ontario are being affected by illegal occupations, and you want to give the perpetrators a slap on the wrist because they haven’t used violence? Are you deliberately trying to undermine John Tory, the PC Party and the hopes of all people traumatized by landclaim lawlessness?
In light of Mr. Hillier’s experience as president of the Lanark Landowners Association, I wonder: if it were a farmer’s field that was occupied for months on end, and the farmer had to spend $500,000 on legal fees to get the occupiers from interfering with his livelihood, would he be condemning the courts for finally enforcing the law?
I have spent the last 18 months of my life working to give a voice to those people in Caledonia who have been affected by landclaim lawlessness. People like a 15 year old girl without policing who has to take drugs and go to counselling because she is afraid in her home thanks to OPP who have been told by occupiers they can’t patrol her street. https://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com/dancers-courage/
People like Sam Gualtieri who was almost murdered by native thugs during a ‘peaceful occupation’ of a development in Caledonia inside the house he was building for his daughter. https://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com/2007/09/13/caledonia-mans-injuries-on-hands-of-mcguinty-kwinter-fantino-and-many-many-others/
Your support for this illegal occupation is a slap in the face to every victim of landclaim lawlessness in Ontario. What is truly bringing the administration of justice into disrepute is the failure to enforce the law, aided and abetted by those who make excuses for the lawbreakers.
Since you seem to be justifying Lovelace’s actions based on his lack of violence as was used in Caledonia, I wonder if we could count on your participation, via a news release or personal appearance, in support of our next protest against the lawlessness and lack of law enforcement in Caledonia?
I will be in touch.
MPP Hillier/MP Reid media release (circa Feb 20/08): Message of support for Robert Lovelace
MPP Randy Hillier website: www.randyhillier.com
MP Scott Reid website: www.scottreid.ca
VoiceofCanada, Feb 15/08: BREAKING NEWS: Sharbot Lake occupation falling apart