OTTAWA — Fearing a hot summer of aboriginal protests across the country, two provincial premiers yesterday called on the federal government to speed up land-claims settlements.

Premiers Dalton McGuinty of Ontario and Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador said the federal government must indicate quickly how it will deal with land claims, poverty and other root causes of unrest among Canada’s native bands.

McGuinty said it is provincial and local law-enforcement authorities who are forced into the role of peacekeepers when protests against federal land-claims policies turn ugly.

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