Barrett and Tory keeping the pressure on

Posted: April 25, 2008 in Caledonia, Conservatives, Hamilton, HDI, Headlines, Jeff's Blogs, Land claims, Liberals, McGuinty

Admittedly, the PC party like any other is not without its embarrassments. The advertising scandal, faith based funding debacle, and Diane Finley just to name a few.

But while it’s easy to criticize the Conservatives for their failures, it’s important that we recognize the important steps they have taken in recent months to bring our agenda of law and order to the forefront and keep it there.

As recently as yesterday, John Tory visited the freshly scarred Brantford and is using his pull with the media to demand that McGuinty provide funding to supplement the damage done by the Liberal empowered HDI extortionists, and is doing a beautiful job of joining us in placing the blame for this disaster squarely on the head of Dalton McGuinty where it belongs.

Meanwhile Toby Barrett has been hammering Aboriginal Appeasement Minister Michael Bryant in the legislature and although Bryant continues to duck law and order questions by babbling about land claims and negotiation with criminals, we appreciate the effort by Mr. Barrett to ask the tough questions for us while Bryant refuses to meet with any of us, any Caledonia resident, and anyone who isn’t likely to accept his Liberal propaganda as the gospel.

An excerpt from a recent Q&A session in the Ontario Legislature provides a perfect example of how Michael Bryant can worm his way out of a valid question with the most Liberal of ease.

Mr. Toby Barrett: Minister, your government is talking with HDI and I’m sure you feel you are making progress as they continue to shut down local economies, site by site. Again, according to the Hamilton Spectator, HDI says, with respect to the Ancaster fair grounds, they are exerting their authority under the Nanfan Treaty of 1701 regarding hunting and fishing rights in southern Ontario, northern New York State, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

As you know, HDI feels their mandate now ranges beyond the former Haldimand track to encompass and I quote HDI’s the interim director in the Spectator: “The whole of North American continent.” Now I know that’s a little out of your league minister, but in your deliberations with HDI, do you feel are you progressing towards a meeting of like minds? Do you know about this treaty? Do you agree with HDI using the Nanfan Treaty to now justify protesting outside the Haldimand tract?

Hon. Michael Bryant: The member knows that main discussions take place with respect to land claims that have been filed with the federal government, where there is an appropriate provincial role and we play that role. That covers land claims certainly that do not extend as far as the member has suggested, with respect to some individuals, who have suggested that in fact the land claims are larger. The history is laid out in the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784, which I believe the member makes reference to. It was particularly unfortunate, I say, that in debating this issue, the member saw fit to mock the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784, which was seen-I should tell you-by the community as a major insult and affront to that community.

Our approach, in fact, is to negotiate with the parties on matters in which we believe we can come to a resolution and we’ll continue to do so.”

I would suggest that Mr. Barrett ask Michael Bryant to produce a written copy of this supposed “Haldimand Proclamation” because none exists, but I applaud the tenacity of Toby Barrett in continuing to ask questions knowing that Bryant will never give anything close to an answer.

With what is likely to be a long hot summer full of extortion, illegal occupation, and devastation to cities such as Brantford, and Hamilton looming on the horizon, I applaud John Tory and Toby Barrett for trying to keep the illusive feet of Dalton McGuinty and Michael Bryant held to the fire they have created.

It’s nice to know that we are not alone in this battle gentlemen, and on behalf of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality, I extend my most sincere thanks to you both.

Jeff Parkinson
Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality
Caledonia Wakeup Call
Jeff@CaledoniaWakeupCall.com
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