The best thing the Globe and Mail newspaper has going for it, Christie Blatchford, appeared for the full hour on the The Michael Coren Show last evening to talk about her new book, Helpless, sub-titled Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us. Pretty compelling television from a show that’s too often ho-hum.
Ms. Blatchford did a great job of reminding us of the shameful events surrounding the illegal occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates by a handful of individuals from the nearby Six Nations reserve and from elsewhere in Canada and the United States.
Douglas Creek Estates was a residential project under construction at Caledonia, a small community near Hamilton, Ontario. Locals claiming to be aboriginals invaded the project and a nearby strip of land claiming it as their own—through some sort of aboriginal land claim. They were later joined by likeminded individuals from outside the community.
What a nightmare. What an abject failure of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario government to provide equal protection to all equally under the law.
Residents living nearby were made to pass through native barricades, and face demands to show native-issued “passports.” Occasionally they were threatened with body searches and routinely subjected to threats and abuse. At its worst, the situation deteriorated into lawlessness, much of which occurred under the very noses of the Ontario Provincial Police. Residents were even forbidden by police from flying the Canadian flag anywhere near the illegal occupation, an area often festooned with native flags and pennants.
The OPP, meanwhile, merely observed and made videos for future action. Arrests they did make, were made weeks or months later.
But the aboriginals won: Dalton McGuinty used taxpayer money to buy out the housing developer and effectively handover the whole works to the thugs occupying it. No due process at all from our premier.
Knee-deep in this shameful affair was the new Tory candidate and former OPP commissioner Julian Fantino. Mr Fantino is expected to contest a by-election for Vaughan, a city north of Toronto. I hope the voters of that community read Ms. Blatchford’s book to learn of the questionable judgment exercised by this candidate.
I plan to buy the book.