The Hamilton Spectator’s Dan Nolan has quoted Councillor Lorne Boyko, chair of the Haldimand Police Services Board – responsible for overseeing policing in Caledonia – as making a number of remarks that long-suffering victims of native extremists there may find extremely distasteful.
The Spectator published a story today quoting the reactions of various players in the Caledonia crisis to the appointment of Chris Lewis to the position of OPP Commissioner, including Gary McHale, Haldimand Mayor Marie Trainer, and Boyko.
- Hamilton Spectator, July 08/10: Two-tier justice in Caledonia? Mayor calls for new OPP commissioner to make changes [PDF, REPRINT]
I had serious concerns about Boyko’s reported statements, so I sent the following email to him requesting clarification of his remarks:
|Sent: Thu 7/8/2010 11:04 AM
From: Caledonia Victims Project [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Request for clarification & confirmation re Spectator commentsLorne Boyko
Councillor, Ward 6
Chair, Police Services Board
Haldimand CountyDear Councillor Boyko:I am working on a story about your comments to the Hamilton Spectator (excerpted below) regarding two-tier justice in Caledonia, and I have some questions, please. I prefer to interview by email so that there can be no misinterpretation of what was said. I will publish your answers in full exactly as you provide them:1. Can you confirm that you were “delighted” at the appointment of Chris Lewis as the new commissioner of the OPP?2. Did you know that Chris Lewis was once charged with Obstructing Justice?3. Can you confirm that you “personally liked” Fantino despite his April 2007 email to Haldimand Council for which he was criminally charged with Influencing Municipal Officials by order of a Superior Court judge?4. Is it your position that the Canadian Constitution exempts natives in any way from the Criminal Code?
5. I would like to clarify your position on the relationship between the Ipperwash Inquiry report and OPP policing in Caledonia:
a. What is in the report that you believe supports the case for two tier justice in favour of natives?
b. Do you believe that the Ipperwash Inquiry studied the issue of preventing native violence against innocent residents before making its recommendations?
6. What would you say to residents of Caledonia who might be upset with your apparent view that the OPP leadership has done a good job and they must learn to live with two tier justice?
I would be very appreciative of having your answers by Monday 9:00 am please. In the meantime, I will be posting this email at www.voiceofcanada.ca. I thank you for your time in advance.
Councillor Lorne Boyko, chairperson of the Haldimand County Police Services Board, said he was “delighted” when he heard Deputy Commissioner Lewis had become Fantino’s replacement.
He said he has always been approachable and believed it was “a plus” in the county’s favour Lewis got the job because he is familiar with the Caledonia dispute.
Asked if he believed there was two-tier justice, Boyko cited the Ipperwash Inquiry report and said: “Are (natives) dealt with differently? Sure they are dealt with differently. Does the Constitution deal with them differently? Whether we like it or not, it does. … Anybody who takes the time. It’s there.”
He said he “personally liked” Fantino and said, while the county had a couple of bumps with him, “You knew where he stood in a very short time. And he stood behind his decisions.”
As promised I will post Mr. Boyko’s reply in full – along with my response.
- VoiceofCanada, July 14/10: Response to pro-OPP comments by Haldimand councillor/Police Services Board Chair Lorne Boyko in Hamilton Spectator
- Hamilton Spectator editorial, July 09/10: New OPP boss, same old line [PDF]
- Haldimand County: Lorne Boyko
- Haldimand County: Police Services Board
- Hamilton Spectator, July 08/10: Two-tier justice in Caledonia? Mayor calls for new OPP commissioner to make changes
- JeffParkinson.ca, July 07/10: Will Lewis be Fantino 2.0?
- VoiceofCanada, July 07/10: Copy of ‘Obstructing Justice’ charge order vs. now-OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis
- VoiceofCanada, July 07/10: McGuinty appoints cop charged with Obstructing Justice as head of OPP
Founder, Caledonia Victims Project
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