In ‘Brantford takes a stand for democracy in Canada against native threats,’ VoC commented on how Brantford’s lawyer, Neil Smitheman, warned the court not to give in to Ovide Mercredi’s threats of violence because it would mean the end of democracy in Canada. Thankfully, the judge agreed.
Yesterday, Justice Taylor granted the injunction sought by the City of Brantford, ordering that there be no more blockades, threats, intimidation, work stoppages.
The judge rejected a defence request to appoint a separate judge to case-manage the proceedings, and a defence motion to strike down City of Brantford by-laws passed to stop natives from interfering with development sites.
- Decision by Justice Taylor, June 02/08
- Hamilton Spectator, June 02/08: Judge bars natives from Brantford development sites
Thank you, Justice Taylor!
Thank you, Brantford!
Thank you, Neil Smitheman!
Thank you for standing up for democracy, for the rule of law, for justice, for everything I thought my country was about.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Director of Research
Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality