Conservatives plan fines for ‘illegal occupations’

Posted: September 24, 2007 in Caledonia, Conservatives, DCE, Election 2007, Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, John Tory, Land claims, Liberals, McGuinty, Natives

CALEDONIA — A provincial Conservative government would rewrite the trespass laws to give police more powerful tools to end “illegal occupations” such as the 18-month-old native blockade of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, PC Leader John Tory says.

Tory said he would broaden the definition of trespass to include illegal occupations and apply the law to any person or organization who encourages such actions as well as to the people who are on site.

Maximum fines would be $2,000 for individuals and $25,000 for organizations for each day that an occupation defies a court order to stop.

Tory said he has made seven previous visits to Caledonia to hear residents’ concerns, and even attempted without success to meet with Six Nations representatives, while Premier Dalton McGuinty has yet to make an appearance.

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