McGuinty shows contempt for judge’s decision in Fantino charge


First ‘Two Tier Justice,’ now ‘Two Tier Criminal Codes’?

The Toronto Star is reporting today that when Ontario Premier McGuinty was asked if Julian Fantino will step down now that he is charged with influencing municipal officials he said he will not. The Premier also downplayed the charge against Fantino by misleading the public into believing that the charge is somehow legally insignificant or lesser of a charge because it was filed by McHale through the private prosecution provisions of the Criminal Code:

McGuinty downplayed the allegations, saying he didn’t think Fantino should take a leave from his duties while the case progresses. “My understanding is that it’s a private information being put forward by a private citizen, it’s going to work its way through the courts and I’ll try to all that to take its normal course,” McGuinty said.

Toronto Star, Jan 12/10: No need for Fantino to step aside, McGuinty says [PDF, REPRINT]

Premier of Ontario shows contempt for Superior Court decision

The premier is deliberately misleading the public about the nature of the charge against Fantino and, in the process, is showing extraordinary contempt for the decision of a Superior Court judge who reviewed the evidence; rejected the government’s arguments and issued process for a charge that – according to an Osgoode Hall criminal law professor – “is no different than if filed by police,” according to a story published just today in the National Post which also points out the conflict of interest on the part of the government:

It is not even within the realm of possibility that the Premier of Ontario doesn’t know that the man he chose to enforce what we (and the Ontario Provincial Police Association) originally called ‘Two Tier Justice’ is not facing the full weight of the criminal justice process just like any other accused criminal charged by police. His comments are an outrageous insult to the court and to all Ontarians and seem to indicate that he now intends to implement a Two Tier Criminal Code for his cronies.


Race-Based Apologies, too?

The Star’s story also reports that the Premier “sidestepped” questions about whether Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell were owed an apology by the province. I guess his government can call an inquiry and apologize to native victims of police misconduct, but not to non-natives, but that’s another story. They get treated like dirt after they’re terrorized by the thugs McGuinty has protected all along; stonewalled by the government on compensation and forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement that prevents them from speaking out. Nope, no race-based decision-making here.

P.S. Watch for a story in the Globe tomorrow about this. Also, the CHTV camera crew just left McHale’s home. Be sure to watch CH tonight.

Mark Vandermaas, Editor 


3 responses to “McGuinty shows contempt for judge’s decision in Fantino charge

  1. Willis Jackson

    I’m getting a good deal of chuckles out of watching these crooks squirm and pull out the big guns.

    It looks like McGuinty runs a mob style operation where they have to do all they can to keep their Capos off the stand so they don’t rat-out the “boss” and the whole syndicate.

    They shut down the Chatwell trial before the cops who knew where the dirt came from were put under oath. The crown prosecutors have been running interference to keep ‘big Juli” off the witness stand and now an attempt from the highest levels of Dalton’s legal ‘fixers’ to kill the trial.

    It’s a simple case of professional courtesy among crooks.

    VoC REPLY: 1. See…now fortunately, that (the Chatwell trial evidence) is where you’re wrong, at least partly. That’s because we – thanks to Gary’s prelim hearing – just happen to have a transcript of one of the officers that was going to testify: the Chatwell’s friend, OPP Officer Jeffrey Bird – all 99 pages of it. Gary’s non-role in Dec 01/07 smokeshack violence; Race-Based Policing; Clyde Powless threatening to take officers’ guns, etc, etc.

    See, that’s why you have CANACE, to solve problems like that. Aren’t you glad Gary chose not to cop a plea? 🙂

    (If you want to find it in the future, visit CANACE’s reference feature, ‘RACE-BASED POLICING – RESOURCES FOR JOURNALISTS – Race-Based Policing Confirmed’ or, click on CALEDONIA LAWSUITS in the top header and look for Brown-Chatwell.)

    2. Gary got a very polite – oh, so very polite – letter from the Premier yesterday (with his signature on it!) in response to Gary’s pointing out the extreme conflict of interest in having a guy who’s charged with a crime in charge of some of the evidence in the case, and in allowing a guy charged with a crime to use public resources (OPP) to conduct his personal public relations campaign to convince the public that the charge is somehow against the men and women of the OPP instead of him. Apparently, the Premier thought it necessary to tell Gary ASAP that he couldn’t comment on the case (anymore, I guess) even though last week he was downplaying the seriousness of the charge. Perhaps a little CYA going on, methinks. Thanks so much for the mob metaphor, Willis. Regards, Mark

  2. Willis Jackson

    I have to say Gary’s legal acumen and instincts have become honed to a razor edge. I suppose this is what happens to you when you spend a few years trying to recover your lost income and reputation from a frame-up run by crooked authority.

    Seems he missed his calling. He should have been a lawyer. Nawwww too honest for that 😉

    VoC REPLY: Thanks for the comment Willis. Funny you should say that…Gary is thinking about going to law school when this is over (maybe they’ll let him just show up on graduation day to get his diploma 🙂 ) We’ll see.

    We’re already getting people asking for our help (the guy and his friends said we accomplished more in one week than they had in 5 yrs – will write about it one day), so it would make it easier if he was able to represent others. Time will tell. Right now, being unrepresented has its advantages, legally and in the media.

    Gotta go; lots to do. Some investigative journalists have a certain, corrupted police force in their crosshairs as we speak and they need our help. If you haven’t already done so, may I suggest you watch the video in this post, and check out this post, too, while you’re at it. Regards, Mark

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