Aboriginals who protest for day of action aren’t above the law: Ont. Opposition

Posted: June 27, 2007 in Caledonia, CN Rail, Deseronto, Dunville, Election 2007, FantinoGate, Hagersville, Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, IpperWashGate, John Tory, June 29th 2007, Natives

Aboriginals gearing up for the June 29 national day of action should know they aren’t above the law and should be threatened with hefty fines or lawsuits if they set up illegal blockades, Ontario’s Opposition leader told an audience of provincial police chiefs Tuesday.Amid threats from at least one aboriginal protester that a key provincial highway and rail line in eastern Ontario may be targeted, Conservative Leader John Tory said the province should send a strong message that such behaviour is unacceptable, regardless of how legitimate the grievance may be.

“People have to understand that if they take the law into their own hands, there are going to be consequences for that,” Tory said following his speech to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police in Waterloo, Ont. “We cannot allow a precedent to be established for anybody.”

“We have to send a message that says, the law is the law. We are all subject to the law. There aren’t exceptions to that.”

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