On the eve of the 2nd anniversary of the Caledonia crisis, it’s time for the premier to apologize for a horrible wrong

Posted: February 21, 2008 in Appeasement & Cowardice, Caledonia, Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, Land claims, Liberals, McGuinty, Natives, Residents, Sam & Joe Gualtieri

CALEDONIA — If Sam Gualtieri had died when he was attacked by a pack of goons last year, would Premier Dalton McGuinty have come down for his funeral?

That was the main question people here asked yesterday.

If he ever decides to check out one of the province’s most embarrassing messes, the first place he ought to stop is the home of Gualtieri, a 53-year-old former homebuilder who believes he was one blow away from being murdered.

Instead, after being viciously attacked by native protesters who were squatting in a home he owned, he spent a week in intensive care with numerous broken bones and severe brain trauma.

“He has been through so much,” wife Sandy said. “We are just glad we have him.”

This May he will walk his daughter Michelle down the aisle for her wedding. He was attacked in a home, in a neighbouring development to the occupied Douglas Creek estates, he was building for her. “I just went there to check it out and was jumped when I walked in the door,” he said.

Read the full story here

Much more on the Human Cost of Illegal Occupations here

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  1. wooda63@yahoo.com says:

    That is a shameful anniversary to mark. I think if one thing can be said it is that Caledonia residents have behaved with extreme restraint. I cannot imagine how I would feel if someone took me hostage for two years and my duly elected government did nothing to help the situation, because there are many things that do not take this long to negotiate, especially simple courtesies for both sides.

    “Justice Linden tells us that the rule of law is best preserved when these matters are negotiated, and the McGuinty government is following his recommendations.” The point McGuinty needs to understand is that the rule of law is not being preserved, and citizens and first nations people are suffering.

    My heart goes out to Sam and his family, the pain of a brain injury stays with you all your life. Nothing is ever the same, you are literally robbed of your life, until you make what can only be UNWELCOME adjustments, but you are never the same.

    The biggest problem we face with all these issues is the lack of caring. We are asked to care, and as Canadians we do care, about whether our governments are treating first nations, muslims, francophones appropriately as they often appear not too. Yet, we are greeted with characters like Shawn Brant who distort facts and spew hatred in your face. In doing so we forget our neighbors, like Sam. First Nations fights are with the governments, an individuals pain is neither cared for NOR HEARD. You ask me to care and I do, but they (Six Nations) must care as well. They must care about Sam, and their neighbors, hurting them does not hurt the government, it makes for generations of difficult relations.

    Please pass to same that there is a fund available for victims of assaults such as his, so that he may get the best possible care, to regain whatever he can back from this. It is a government program, I know yikes, but it works for victims, and it does offer a small bit of help.

    Calendonia you are all in our hearts, while we may be helpless against the machine of government that no longer sees us as people, WE DO CARE.

    Sincerely,
    Annie

  2. WL Mackenzie Redux says:

    Dolton McSkidmark should be apologising for the abomination to the human race he represents….the man leaves a slime trial…but I won’t call him a low life pandering slug….that would be an insult to mollusks.

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