Native blockade bad idea: Martin

Posted: June 28, 2007 in Caledonia, CN Rail, DCE, Deseronto, Dunville, Hagersville, Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, June 29th 2007, Kingston, Liberals, Natives

TORONTO — Staging illegal activities on tomorrow’s National Aboriginal Day of action would do nothing but “tarnish” the efforts of peaceful protesters hoping to further the case for improving the lives of aboriginal Canadians, former prime minister Paul Martin said yesterday.

Martin, who was speaking at a public forum on aboriginal rights, said illegal actions would only divert the attention of the Canadian public from the issues at hand.

“I think the case for fairness, equality of opportunity, education and health care are just simply too important to be diverted by such acts.”

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