Justin Trudeau exposes Fantino’s anti-Charter views

Justin Trudeau, son of the former prime minister responsible for enshrining the Charter of Rights in the Canadian Constitution, has recorded a strongly-worded video condemnation of Julian Fantino’s views that the Charter benefits mainly ‘common criminals’ and ‘Hell’s Angels.’


Justin Trudeau’s statement is simply a must-see. During the past four years we have seen – up close and personal – Fantino’s utter lack of respect for truth and for the Charter in Caledonia as illustrated by his utter disdain for the victims his OPP created, and his all-out assault on the rights and character of non-native activists, so Mr. Trudeau’s comments hit especially close to home:

Christie Blatchford makes it clear in the Globe today that she didn’t agree with the endorsement of Fantino by Trudeau’s opposite number – Don Cherry – the loud-mouth hockey pundit who said Fantino was “always there for the little guy” as she points out the irony of using Cherry (who lives outside Vaughan) to shill for Fantino who smeared Gary McHale’s motives for speaking out in Caledonia by calling him an ‘outsider’ with ‘an agenda”:

Mr. Fantino sure wasn’t “there for the little guy” in Caledonia. Indeed, in the case of Mr. McHale, he set out to nail him. I mention this in part because the 68-year-old Mr. Fantino has managed to duck the only truly public all-candidates debate in Vaughan (he did attend another taped by Rogers television) where by chance, Mr. McHale and about 20 supporters showed up to make sure that the subject of the Caledonia occupation was raised. […]

It’s funny, but over the course of my long newspaper career, I’d always previously defended Julian Fantino. His performance in Caledonia changed my mind, and I venture to say if more people knew just how he conducted business there, more minds might be changed. And that, methinks, is why he’s run the pop-up, peek-a-boo campaign he has, and enlisted, as Fantino-speak would have it, interlopers such as Don Cherry.

Only just today we became aware of the tragic story of James LeCraw, an innocent man who committed suicide in 2004 after being falsely accused by Fantino of being involved in child pornography. This case is another egregious example of the terrible price paid by innocents due to Fantino’s disregard for the magnificent document that is the Canadian Charter of Rights.

I thank Mr. Trudeau for speaking out against Julian Fantino’s candidacy and his defence of the Charter from the bottom of my heart, and I only wish that the Conservative Party had done so on behalf of the people of Caledonia instead of turning two blind eyes to Fantino and McGuinty’s use of their illegal peacekeeping mission in Caledonia to deny an entire class of citizens their constitutional rights. Instead of putting an end to the constitutional outrage that was Caledonia Harper annointed its commander.

No wonder the party is in turmoil over Fantino, and no one can say they weren’t warned.

The only question now is, how will the provincial iteration of the Liberals (i.e. Dalton McGuinty’s gang of constitutional scofflaws) turn down an inquiry into Caledonia now that the federal version has ripped McGuinty’s chosen OPP Commissioner – and chief abuser of the Charter there – to shreds?

This is going to be fun to watch folks.


Mark Vandermaas, Editor

One response to “Justin Trudeau exposes Fantino’s anti-Charter views

  1. Larry Middleton

    I do not know where you got your ideas about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Probably from Knucklehead University. The only thing Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau was responsible for was the Amendments Section in 1982 that actually deprived Canada and Canadians of balanced governance in parliament. Point 47 was critical in removing the Veto power of the Senate and the people’s power of Public Binding Right of Referendum was also removed. The Canadian Constitution, 1982 was simply supposed to be a name change from the BNA Act, 1867. The British North America Act, 1867 included our Charter Rights and Freedoms. It is without a doubt that there are some historically challenged Canadians – especially in the media and academia – who need to be taught Canada’s real political history, not the Liberal party version.

    VoC REPLY: Why the insults? You have some personal beef with me? You certainly seemed to have missed the point of the article, which was Trudeau Jr. being the first MP (Liberal or not) to confront Julian Fantino for his lack of respect for the Charter, something we have been arguing for 4 years.

    The question I have, is if the Charter and its rights always existed in the BNA, why do the courts recognize the effect of the Charter in post 1982 cases? Clearly something happened in 1982 that had a profound impact on how the courts treat civil rights, and isn’t that the whole point of Trudeau’s attack on Fantino – who says the Charter was a bad thing because it mainly benefits criminals?

    I may be just a grad from Knucklehead U, but I thought that the best we had prior to 1982 was the Bill of Rights.

    While I may be a knucklehead I’m no Liberal Party hack my friend, but my knuckleheaded understanding is that Trudeau’s Liberal government repatriated the Constitution which – today – has the Charter within it which has had such a profound effect on civil rights that Fantino thinks it’s for criminals and Hells Angels.

    If I’m wrong, show me the reference to show who did patriate it, and/or who was responsible for creating and enshrining the Charter in it, and the document showing the current Charter as part of the BNA prior to 1982.

    While what you say may be factually correct, and if you provide me a reference link instead of more insults, I can educate myself and correct it. If you do, I’ll even acknowledge your input – insults notwithstanding. Mark