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Saturday, January 2, 2010

OPP boss in hot water for over-reaching

The mess that is the Caledonia land dispute may have claimed another victim. This one, however, is the master of his own misfortune. A court has ruled that Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Julian Fantino, must face an accusation that he tried to influence public officials by threatening them. A conviction for influencing or attempting to influence a public official can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Apparently, Judge David Crane has ordered a justice of the peace to issue a charge against Commissioner Fantino, after Fantino sent an allegedly threatening email to Haldimand County’s mayor and councillors regarding them supporting protests against aboriginal land occupation in Caledonia, Ontario.

According to the National Post:

“In the email, Commissioner Fantino warned the politicians not to support anti-occupation protests. The Commissioner wrote that he would hold the county directly accountable for any injuries suffered by OPP officers during protests by a contentious group known as ‘Caledonia Wake Up Call.’

“He also warned that he would advise the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services not to renew the OPP’s contract with Haldimand County for policing once it expired if councillors supported the protest group, led by activist Gary McHale.”

Rash words indeed conveying a very clear message to the politicians: do as I suggest or suffer the consequences. Only a week or so ago the Ontario government had to settle a court case in favour of Caledonia residents who claimed the OPP was not adequately protecting them. Now here we have an apparent attempt on the part of the head of the OPP to threaten the municipality’s political leaders.

What the heck is going on? Has the Dalton McGuinty government and its institutions lost their collective senses? How can this sort of behaviour be tolerated?

OPP members are supposed to protect residents of the province, not try to tell our politicians who or what they should support. Under what mandate does Fantino act that he thinks he has the authority to write that he will “advise the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services not to renew the OPP’s contract with Haldimand County for policing” if the municipality’s elected mayor and councillors do not do as he advises.

What gall. And to think these people are allowed to carry guns.

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  1. This could really unravel as arrogant Fantino is very likely to lose his "cool" under questioning , and in particular if he is asked UNDER OATH if the "hands-off" OPP response to the aboriginals in Caledonia was a political directive from McGuinty.

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  2. "Has the Dalton McGuinty government and its institutions lost their collective senses? How can this sort of behaviour be tolerated?"

    It can't be tolerated. McGuinty should be impeached,or the Canadian version thereof, and Fantino prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    Perhaps then politicians and their agents might find some courage outside their politically correct cowardice.

    McGuinty and Caledonia will go down in history as one of the worst abdications of duty and responsibility of an elected official in a developed Country.

    If we ever see vigilantism it will be entirely the fault of men like Fantino and McGuinty.

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  3. Dad was a cop for 38 years and one thing you never had to question was his loathing of Ontario cops. Except for a very select few they were all "Captain Ontario" to him. He had less use for them, than he did for the RCMP, and believe me, that;s saying something.

    The commish here seems to personify the root of those ill feelings. Arrogance.

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  4. Great point, Brian. I bet there has been a lot of meddling in the background.

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  5. This appalling abdication of OPP's responsibilities brings into question of the reach of organized crime. Who benefits from a hands off approach to policing of activities on native reserves?

    A Royal Commission on organized crime in Ontario is long overdue. The last one was under Attorney General Wishart's watch I believe.

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