Mirabel could spark new Oka Crisis

Posted: May 18, 2007 in Caledonia, CN Rail, DCE, Deseronto, Headlines, June 29th 2007, Land claims, Natives, Terrorism

Federal advisers suggested the Conservative government lie low and back off contentious land issues in the months prior to a national native day of action set for June 29. Internal briefing notes specifically warned Transport Canada’s plan to let farmers buy back 4,400 hectares of expropriated land around Mirabel airport could rankle the same Mohawks who stared down soldiers during the 78-day Oka crisis in 1990.

“Transport Canada may wish to remain a relatively unknown and neutral party as the proposed June 2007 protest approaches,” say the briefing notes released under Access to Information.

“In contrast, its current plan for the return of Mirabel Lands may expose it to legal and political action by the Mohawks of Kanesatake. It may wish to review its plans in the context of this note.”

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