Authored for the Landmark Report by ‘Kaffir Kanuck,’ a Canadian Forces veteran of Afghanistan
(This is the first of two parts examining the Native occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Ontario. It is a result of interviews with activists Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale and Merlyn Kinrade. It has been framed exploring what it has cost the Ontario taxpayer so far and how the OPP’s actions under their former Commissioner Julian Fantino and those of various stake holders may affect the federal election in two ridings.)
Conservative MP Julian Fantino hopes for re-election in Vaughan on Monday. He won the previously Liberal held seat by less than on thousand votes. However, the legacy he inherited and left behind in Haldimand Track, the events of Native occupation in Caledonia have come back to haunt him.
Conservatives Against Fantino peppered his constituency during his by-election, and their information campaign may very well have contributed to his marginal win, although the 2008 election had Liberal Maurizio Bevilacqua win by over eight thousand votes. This movement has morphed into Conservatives Against Racism, now also targeting the Conservative Party elite who supported getting Fantino elected into Vaughan.
In Haldimand-Norfolk, Liberal Bob Speller running against incumbent CPC Diane Finley, has been the first federal candidate to offer a Caledonia policy statement. Of note to Caledonia residents has been Finley’s conspicuous absence from their township and her silence regarding issues related to the Native occupation during this campaign.
Recently, some of the main stream media played up a few resignations form the Julian Fantino Conservative MP re-election camp.
Read the rest of this article…
- Landmark Report, April 30/11: Fantino’s Billion Dollar Legacy – Part 1
- Kaffir-Kanuck.ca, April 30/11: Fantino’s Billion Dollar Legacy – Part 1
- Landmark Report, May 01/11: Fantino’s Billion Dollar Legacy – Part 2
- Kaffir-Kanuck.ca, May 01/11: Fantino’s Billion Dollar Legacy – Part 2
Mark Vandermaas, Editor