As a former soldier and UN peacekeeper myself (that’s me above, 3rd from the right on parade in Ismailia, Egypt during service with UNEF II in 1978) I always feel sentimental during important military anniversaries that honour Canadians who paid a much higher price than I ever did to defend Canadian values.
Fellow CANACE co-founder Merlyn Kinrade feels as I do – he served with the Royal Canadian Navy on one of Canada’s most famous ships, HMCS Haida, and also did a tour with the United Nations Emergency Force I during the Suez crisis in 1956.
On the eve of the anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 06, 1944 Merlyn and I have some encouraging news for people of Caledonia who believe that no one in any position of authority cares about the illegal conduct of the Ontario government and the OPP.
Indeed, it must be hard for those living under the threat of landclaim lawlessness every day to see how all of the protests and education efforts during the past 3 years have accomplished anything.
But, let me assure you this is not the case. People in high places are watching everything that is happening in Caledonia with increasingly hopeful eyes.
Caledonia resistance to tyranny is being quietly cheered in ‘interesting’ places
CANACE has received word through a very reliable source that ‘certain government employees’ are very appreciative that Caledonia is providing the only organized, grass-roots resistance to native extremism in Canada.
These people believe that the Caledonia resistance is especially important because we have been able to document important evidence and effectively expose what is happening there.
Unfortunately, I must remain necessarily vague as to the specifics of the comments, but I can say that it was a tremendous vote of confidence to CANACE and those in Caledonia who actively work to support the struggle to return the rule of law to their community.
When Gary McHale informed us of the comments yesterday we were excited, but also sobered by the enormous burden and obligation implicit in their words. The country is watching, and Caledonia is seen as the front line, the beach head in the struggle to defeat the scourge of land claim lawlessness.
Non-native protests are disrupting negotiations
Other sources tell us that our peaceful, lawful flag raising events are causing serious disruptions to the ‘negotiations’ in Caledonia.
There should be NO negotiations while native racists intimidate the OPP into violating our rights in full view of a government that has turned the blindest of eyes to the victims. Our rights are not subject to the whims of violent thugs and ‘police discretion’ or ‘negotiation stakeholders’ no matter how ‘unhelpful’ our lawful protests may be.
Conspiracy to subvert the Canadian Constitution
I would argue that so long as the government and police refuse to cease their illegal attempts to suppress our rights any ‘negotiations’ that take place with those who victimize us represent a de facto conspiracy to illegally subvert the Canadian Constitution.
If the federal and provincial governments do meet with native groups associated with ongoing land claim disputes that have involved criminal behaviour it should be for one purpose only – to help them understand that no more appeasement payments will be considered until they publicly apologize for the crimes committed (i.e. against Caledonia), renounce the use of criminal means to pursue their goals and agree to fully cooperate in bringing native extremists to justice.
Stepping up the pressure!
We will NEVER submit to racial policing or racial domination by native extremists! NEVER. To that end, Gary McHale has sent a message to OPP brass advising them that the frequency of protests in Caledonia will be dramatically stepped up:
a. Merlyn Kinrade will be organizing a march down Argyle Street in Caledonia in the near future to protest the brutal arrest of Randy Fleming. Date to be announced. There will be no attempts to raise flags during this protest. Following our flag march there will be a rally at OPP headquarters in Cayuga where we will erect signs (see above) warning that racist policing practices are in force.
b. Following the Randy Fleming support protest, Merlyn will be holding Flag Raising protest events on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
1. The protests will continue and possibly be expanded until the OPP respect the right of non-natives to walk peacefully down Argylle Street and put a flag on hydro poles of their choosing.
2. The OPP and government must finally begin to listen to non-natives and their concerns with more than the patronizing lip service shown to date. They must learn that if fair treatment and good-faith negotiation is the way with native people, it is also the way they must treat non-native citizens. But, most of all they must take concrete steps to end racial policing.
You may well ask: “Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.
The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. I therefore concur with you in your call for negotiation…
Dr. King, Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16/63 (see VoiceofCanada feature: Lessons from Dr. King)
3. We must show other Canadians that Caledonia is driving inward from the beach head to retake our rights from the occupiers and their OPP enforcers so there will be no more Caledonias. We must show them that victory against politically-correct racism is not only possible, but inevitable. One day the politicians will find the courage to help us, but the sad reality is that we must first shame them or inspire them with our resolve:
“You ask what is our policy. I will say, it is to wage war with all our might, with all the strength that God can give us, to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.
“You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.”
Winston Churchill, May 13/40 – first speech as Prime Minister in the House of Commons
What will YOU do? What price will YOU pay?
What will YOU do to defend the Canadian values for which so many have died?
Will YOU stand with us united against the evils of racial domination?
Will YOU stand for equality of all human beings regardless of race, religion or grievance?
Will YOU help support the struggle financially by diverting hard-earned money to help pay for court costs, for travel costs, for printing?
Will YOU hold a flag and march with us to reaffirm that Canada is governed not by the rule of thugs, but by the rule of law?
Or, will YOU run from the fight and cower meekly with those who pretend that the temporary absence of tension is a satisfactory alternative to the presence of justice? I hope not, for one day you may have to explain to your children why you were silent while others paid a price to protect their right to be treated as equals before the law.
I am reminded of that great scene in Braveheart where William Wallace rides onto a battlefield and speaks to a group of frightened Scots about to run away from the fight:
Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!
P.S. The federal government has just outlined plans to make reserves more accountable; to cap funding for dysfunctional reserves; and to refuse to be part of negotiations where native groups are acting in bad faith.
How ’bout that, huh?
- National Post, June 03/09: John Ivison: Tories plan First Nations overhaul REPRINT
- National Post, June 04/09: John Ivison: Chuck Strahl takes a risk on First Nations REPRINT
And…be sure not to miss the story and docs that show how the OPP were rebuked for refusing to help a Cayuga builder:
- VoiceofCanada, June 05/09: Ontario Superior Court: OPP refusal to aid Cayuga land owner an ‘abuse of power & police discretion’
The walls are closing in on those who have tried to destroy the rule of law in our province. Aren’t you glad you can say you saw it all happen???
Wouldn’t you proud to say you helped to make it happen?
Mark Vandermaas, Editor