Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty [PDF]
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June 12, 2009
Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Re: Illegal Occupation of Privately-owned Farmland
Further to my communication to you and various Cabinet Ministers on June 11th, 2009, I continue to be contacted by a number of constituents – some too intimidated to reveal their identity – with respect to the construction of the ‘smoke shack’ / ‘information centre’ on a privately-owned farm. The property is adjacent to provincial Highway # 6 just South of Caledonia (911 number is 5350 Highway #6). A white building has been moved to the site beside the driveway of a privately-owned farm not owned by the occupiers.
This occupation of private farmland is without precedent.
There is a clear perception in the community that this is criminal behaviour – organized criminal behaviour and extortion, blatantly intimidating the owner of the land – and that the OPP have not prevented this from occurring.
We have government for a reason. We have law for a reason. It is unacceptable and dangerous for government to abdicate responsibility and put this situation in the hands of private citizens
I ask you to respond to me as soon as possible as to why this perceived criminal behaviour is being condoned
Toby Barrett, MPP
cc. Prime Minister Harper
Haldimand-Norfolk MP Diane Finley
Haldimand Mayor Trainer and Council
VoC reply to Toby’s email, June 12/09:
“Thanks for writing this Toby! Ranks right up there with the Barrett Proclamation. I think you conveyed the raw essence of the anger, frustration and determination not to submit to this government-enabled evil. Well done. Regards, Mark”
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
VoiceofCanada, June 11/09: BULLETIN: Native build smoke shack on private property in Caledonia
VoiceofCanada feature: The Barrett Proclamation
MPP Toby Barrett: www.tobybarrett.com