As first posted on www.VoiceofCanada.ca here is Gary McHale’s response to David Crombie telling residents of Caledonia that no progress will be made on their behalf for years to come.
Feb 08, 2007
Mr David Crombie
Federal Liason for Caledonia
Dear Mr. Crombie:
It is truly refreshing to have anyone who works for the Government finally tell the truth about the issues in Caledonia. Although people will not like your words about negotiations not solving anything in a few months, I can assure you that I have been telling people for 2 years that Government officials have been lying to them when they repeatedly claim that negotiations were going great and everything would be resolved in a few weeks.
I recall David Peterson making several public statements leading the public to believe their lives would be back to normal in just a few weeks. I recall senior OPP officers and senior members of McGuinty’s Government telling the public that they didn’t need to get involved in rallies etc. because Negotiations were going great.
It is so refreshing to hear you proclaim what I have been telling people for 2 years. Clearly you and I share the view that the OPP, the McGuinty Government and Federal Government have been misleading the public regarding just how great negotiations have been.
Now the question is what do people do in a Democracy versus a Dictatorship? In a Democracy it is the people’s Rights, no, their duty, to hold police and elected officials accountable. As such your message to the people of Caledonia only further supports my claim that until people become active the politicians will do nothing but lie to them about how great everything is.
By the way, isn’t it the OPP and the Government who are doing their best to tell residents and the people of Ontario that everything in Caledonia is already back to normal and running smoothly?
Once again thanks for your honest assessment of Caledonia and for informing the public they have been lied to for 2 full years.
The problem now is the people of Caledonia were told you were there to hear from them and to help them and now they know you are only there to prepare them for years of ongoing violence and occupations.
I am sure Sam Gaultieri and his family will be overjoyed by your assessment that people should just live with the threats of violence that come from such illegal occupations.