Dear Ontario PC Party: blood from future victims on YOUR hands, not ours

mcguintys-ipperwash-coverup-p1Feb 28/12

Toby Barrett, MPP
Haldimand Norfolk

Dear Mr. Barrett,

Today I had the distasteful experience of reading your assistant’s insulting email about our invitation to give Tim Hudak and the party the opportunity to march in Caledonia with us against racial policing so you all can share in the positive media coverage we are generating on this issue. After investing more than five years of my life working alongside other citizen volunteers to honour the oath I swore as a soldier to defend Canada so long ago, I scarcely know what to say to a ‘Conservative’ MPP whose long time assistant denigrates our efforts to hold McGuinty accountable as “Just more of Gary’s same ol’ shit – at least it keeps him busy!!”

I appreciate that Rob called Gary to apologize, but why did he bother? Clearly his attitude reflects the party’s. The only thing I suspect he’s really sorry for is forwarding a copy of the email to Gary McHale in error.

Some Canadians have paid a heavy price to give you opportunity after opportunity to take a stand against McGuinty’s racial policing, but your leader won’t even come to Caledonia, let alone work with us to develop policy and strategy to ensure there will be no future victims. We presented our ‘Caledonia Act’ recommendations to you, based on our years of full time, volunteer work in Caledonia so you could learn from our experience fighting lawlessness and racial policing in and out of the courts. We received no response, no follow-up request to help the party move them forward.

The Ipperwash Papers Project As the leader of the Ipperwash Papers project I am utterly dismayed that during the 5 years since we first released the 400 pages of documents on March 14/07 at Queen’s Park (just months before Sam Gualtieri was nearly murdered in the Stirling subdivision) the Ontario PC Party still refuses – to this day! – to hold McGuinty accountable for his use of the racially-skewed Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations to ‘justify’ why the people of Caledonia have been ignored and allowed to suffer via an illegal ‘peacekeeping’ mission on Canadian soil.

Despite being the MPP that made the media studio available to us, not once did you or anyone in your party rise during the last five years to say: 

“Mr. McGuinty: you know full well that the Ipperwash Inquiry did not allow residents to testify about the native violence to which they were subjected; that the inquiry did NOT study the issue of preventing native violence against innocent residents, and THAT is the reason not one of the 100 recommendations has anything specifically to do with preventing such violence. Your use of these dangerously flawed recommendations to conduct racial policing is an affront to Caledonia’s victims, and to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. When will you call an end to the illegal peacekeeping mission in Caledonia and order the OPP to obey the Police Services Act?”

You even remained silent after Senator Bob Runciman (Ontario’s Solicitor General during the Ipperwash crisis) denounced the so-called peacekeeping recommendations of the Inquiry on July 12/11. What are you waiting for: more injuries? More psychologically-damaged people? More vandalism? Please tell me how many people would have to die or be injured before the Ontario PC Party would be willing to tell Dalton McGuinty you had finally found your collective spines, and would no longer be silent co-conspirators in his awful crimes against democracy?

Five years ago ordinary citizens – including Gary McHale, the man your assistant so dismissively denigrated – used their own resources and their commitment to good citizenship to gather irrefutable evidence for you and your party to use to ensure that Ipperwash Inquiry would never be able to be used to justify the lawlessness in Haldimand County. Your silence was deafening.

I have tried my very best to be patient for 5 years as I begged you repeatedly to speak out, hoping upon hope that your party would finally expose McGuinty’s Ipperwash Inquiry sham. The callous attitude it has shown to people who have done their best to give you the tools and information needed to push forward with a realistic plan to resolve the Caledonia issue shows the party has no intention of opening the debate by slaughtering the sacred Ipperwash cow. Unfortunately, no solution is possible until and unless the Ipperwash Inquiry is utterly discredited.

Sam GualtieriI cannot be silent any longer. If any Ontario citizen is hurt or killed because another community falls victim to yet another illegal McGuinty ‘peacekeeping’ mission to appease lawlessness against innocents, the victims’ blood will be on your hands not on the hands of the Caledonia Eight and our supporters.

We did our duty as citizens; instead of demeaning our work perhaps you and your party should finally do yours so we can move forward to a solution based on truth, justice and apologies from those responsible instead of ignoring the Ipperwash elephant in the room that is surely going to get someone killed or seriously injured sooner or later.

Yours truly,

Mark Vandermaas
Leader, The Ipperwash Papers Project
Founder, Caledonia Victims Project



110322 Mark Vandermaas speaks at 'Caledonia:No More Nightmares' conference in OttawaI know I speak for Gary McHale when I say that we stand ready – as we have for 5 years – to assist you in understanding the true facts about the Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations and the dangerously-flawed process from which they were derived. May I suggest you begin here: 

Please contact me if you have questions: 519.457.0709, You can reach Gary McHale at 289.286.0423,



 Mark Vandermaas
Leader, The Ipperwash Papers project (
Editor, VoiceofCanada
Founder, Caledonia Victims Project (

3 responses to “Dear Ontario PC Party: blood from future victims on YOUR hands, not ours

  1. The allegations you are making demand an accountability that would alter lives. That is why we can hear a pin drop right now. Do you really expect anyone to acknowledge this?


    VoC REPLY: Acknowledge what? The fact that the Ipperwash Inquiry didn’t study the issue of violence against innocent people before making its recommendations? Read the documents and references.

    Or, that Barrett’s assistant sent the email? I gave you a scanned copy of the email.

    Or, that Senator Runciman (who told me personally in 2007 that he’d been reading the Ipperwash Papers docs) is on record as condemning the ‘peacekeeping’ recommendations? I gave you a link to the story.

    And yes, I damn well expect someone to acknowledge this otherwise we never get to move forward and resolve this properly. It’s way, way past time to stop sweeping this under the rug.

    Don’t mean to sound short w/you but, if you really believe this is too scary to touch, or you think I’m making this up, please review the document at the top right of the post, and watch the video I provided. The citations are all there for anyone to read. Then, phone a PC (or NDP, for that matter, we gave copies to them, too) MPP and ask why they’ve sat on this for 5 years.

    The sad fact is: if another Caledonia broke out tomorrow people could die or be hurt because the PC’s didn’t do their jobs in exposing McGuinty and his inquiry. Thanks for reading and writing. Mark

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  3. Unfortunely the PC party nor the NDP have anything to offer the people in Caledonia, Ipperwash, Brantford or any of the other place where native radicals get away with their criminal activities. I have over the same 6 years email numerous MPP asking them to please help the residence of Caledonia. I most I got for my efforts was a thank you.

    As for the leader of the PC party, we don’t have one. Mr. Hudak has no leadership qualitities. I watched his campaign and he was a disaster. The election was his to lose and he did. Two things that are most memorable about him is the news cioverage where he was showing he had the biggest Christmas tree outside of his office and his campaign promise to have buck a beer if he was elected. How sad is that.