McGuinty calls on Ottawa to “revive” Kelowna deal

Posted: May 17, 2007 in Caledonia, CN Rail, DCE, Deseronto, Headlines, Land claims, McGuinty, Natives, Terrorism

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty suggested Wednesday that the federal government’s refusal to implement the Kelowna agreement with Aboriginal People has added to the frustration of Canada’s native communities.

The Ontario premier also urged Ottawa to speed up the process of settling more than 800 outstanding land claims by setting up an independent body to rule on the claims.

McGuinty brushed off suggestions that outstanding land claims could threaten Ontario’s economic prospects even as he acknowledged negotiating native claims for huge tracts of land in densely populated southern Ontario will be no easy undertaking.

Conservative Leader John Tory, however, said the province faces major economic disruptions if land claims aren’t adequately addressed and native protesters make good on threats to blockade railway lines and major thoroughfares such as Highway 401.

“If it lasted for two or three days, you would literally have plants closing in Ontario, people being laid off temporarily because of the blockade.”

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