Premier wants more cash from Ottawa to cover costs of native occupation

Posted: March 20, 2008 in Appeasement & Cowardice, Caledonia, DCE, Headlines, Land claims, McGuinty, Natives

The Brantford Expositor 

It’s time Ottawa chipped in more cash to cover the ballooning expense of a southern Ontario aboriginal occupation that’s cost provincial taxpayers $50 million and counting, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday.

Although the federal government gave Ontario $26 million a year ago for costs associated with the Caledonia occupation, the province has since paid out $50 million on top of that contribution – the bulk of it for round-the-clock policing. (Edit: The Spectator told us just weeks ago that the total cost of the occupation so far is $54 Million.. Now we’re up to $76 Million. Do I hear $150 Million?)

As tab continues to grow with no resolution to the two-year occupation in sight, McGuinty said it’s time for the Harper government to cut another cheque.

“We will be there for as long as we have to in order to ensure that we keep both sides at the table and that they resolve their outstanding differences,” McGuinty said.

“Obviously we will continue to incur costs. Ontario taxpayers continue to incur costs as a result of a difference between a First Nations community and the federal government.”

“We think it’s only fair that the federal government contribute.”

The province’s policing costs are now pegged at $35 million and rising. Taxpayers have also spent almost $500,000 for the Six Nations negotiating team that has been meeting for two years to resolve the land dispute.

The province spent a further $3.5 million on assistance for beleaguered businesses and residents in Haldimand County and another $3.3 million on its own negotiation costs and expenses. Another $6.9-million cheque was sent to the former owners of the disputed land, housing developer Henco, and other builders.

McGuinty wouldn’t say how much he wants the federal government to chip in.

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