This past week has provided yet another example of the fundamental ineptness of the McGuinty government and its I-govern-you-serve attitude towards the residents of Ontario, the very people it is supposed to be serving. Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees all citizens equal treatment under the law, but Premier Dalton McGuinty doesn’t seem to give a damn.
Those following the court case at Hamilton, Ontario—$7-million lawsuit filed by Caledonia residents, David Brown, Dana Chatwell and their son, Dax Chatwell—will no doubt have been sickened by the “flag incident” demonstrating the lack of equal treatment under the law that the non-native residents of the town of Caledonia have suffered since February 2006, when a band of Mohawk hooligans calling themselves “Warriors” took over the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision (private property) in that town as part of a land-claims dispute.
In an infuriatingly disgraceful display (video) of uneven and heavy-handed law enforcement, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) forcibly prevented the display of the Canadian flag by a non-native resident, but a few weeks later the OPP protected demonstrators (video) who flew native flags and the Canadian flag with the Maple Leaf cut out before being tossed in mud without consequence.
Here are a few examples from the National Post of lawlessness that the OPP have allowed without consequences:
“They [group of Mohawks] chased the OPP from the site [Douglas Creek Estates subdivision] in April 2006, burned a wooden trestle bridge to the ground, erected tire barricades across municipal streets and set the tires ablaze, pushed a minivan off an overpass and destroyed a power company transformer. They roughed up an elderly couple who inadvertently crossed their path, assaulted a television news camera crew they believed had taken footage of them being violent, and even stole a police vehicle and attempted to run down an OPP officer.”
This, by the way, did not happen somewhere faraway in the third world. It happened about an hour and a half ride from the Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park.
The rule of law has been suspended in Caledonia and does not apply to the hooligans and squatters who claim to be protesters, and that’s okay with the OPP and with Dalton McGuinty.
Mr. McGuinty: how many more years of your disregard of the rule of law can we expect?
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