The juxtaposition of two examples of the application of the law in Ontario informs my conclusion that under the current provincial government headed by Premier Dalton McGuinty, residents cannot expect equal treatment under the law. There are other examples too, of course, but this one fairly drips with irony.
Contrast the policing style of the OPP officers beginning February 2006 at Caledonia, Ontario and that of the Niagara, Ontario police this past January:
- OPP officers at Caledonia stood by as laws were broken by local and outsider aboriginals who claimed Canada had no legal jurisdiction over them. Instead of taking contemporaneous action, OPP officers reportedly chose, on more than one occasion, to make a video of the events so that they could take action later… maybe. [Source]
- Niagara police in January pulled over Mika Rasila for driving his van without licence plates. Rasila—apparently not an aboriginal—insisted that he didn’t need plates because he’s a “Freeman on the Land.” He’s reported to be an anti-government extremist who denies government has any legitimacy at all and wants to be left alone to live according to his own rules. Police seized his van immediately, arrested him and charged him with six traffic offences. [Source]
Who would know that in Ontario a traffic offence devoid of violence warrants immediate arrest, while actions including trespass, vandalism and assault are videoed for later review and possible action?
What rule of law is it wherein a government seizes one non-aboriginal’s car because he drove it without a license, while rewarding aboriginals with the gift of an entire subdivision after their had illegally occupied the property?
Get any sense of incongruity here? Do you feel as if you’ve just dropped down the rabbit hole and entered Alice’s Wonderland? I do.
Aboriginals break the law with acts of trespass, vandalism and violence—even threats to the safety of police officers—and they are rewarded with millions of dollars of real estate while justice for their actions is delayed if not permanently denied. A Non-aboriginal breaks the law in a non-violent way, and he loses his van and the full force of the law is applied against him immediately.
To me, it is quite clear that under the current Dalton McGuinty-led government, residents of Ontario cannot expect equal treatment under the law. And that is a bloody shame.