July 7, 2010
By Jeff Parkinson
For some time now, we’ve known that Julian Fantino was a lame duck commissioner. Sure he can still talk to the few who would want to listen, or rabble about how he is the commissioner, but we all know he’s on his way out, and nobody is crying the blues about it.
What we’ve not known until today is who would be hand picked by Dalton McGuinty to replace him. Would he find a genuine law and order police officer, or another lap dog to take Julian’s place? Speculation gave way today as McGuinty announced that deputy commissioner Chris Lewis will take the reigns when Julian steps down on August 1st.
I don’t think I’ve ever met Mr. Lewis, but after nearly 4 years of steady involvement in Caledonia, I do know a few things about him.
He was charged with Obstruction of Justice earlier this year for his role in targeting activist Gary McHale for a criminal charge despite a complete lack of evidence in December 2007. Justice Walsh reviewed the evidence and ordered Lewis to stand charged with a serious criminal offence while serving as deputy commissioner.
That the Ontario crown stayed the charge against Lewis and Supt. Gentle was no surprise to anyone as there is a clear bias in the Crowns office when a case involving CANACE comes forward. They do what McGuinty who signs their cheques wants done regardless of the cost to the image of the crown, or to justice itself. No evidence that could clear Lewis was ever offered.
He’s been working closely with Julian Fantino to make crucial decisions that have oppressed the rights of non Natives in Caledonia.
He was the architect of the ART team (now known as the provincial liaison team) who were responsible for pandering to the whims of Natives while turning a blind eye to criminal behaviour. It’s hard to imagine such a stupid idea as a “response” team within a police force that’s dedicated to one race of people, but that’s what happened under the leadership of the soon to be commissioner.
He appears to be well liked by Dalton McGuinty which should give any reasonable person cause for alarm.
McGuinty is unquestionably the puppeteer pulling the strings of race based justice, and his endorsement of Lewis leaves no doubt that law & order will continue to suffer long after Fantino bows out as the Liberal lapdog.
Lewis shows absolutely no remorse for the unreasonable manner in which he helped persecute an innocent man. When asked by the Globe & Mail if he had any regrets in the way that McHale was pursued, he said “none, absolutely none”.
What was to be a beautiful moment when Fantino lost all of his power is now shaping up to be a simple changing of the guard from one purely political commissioner to the next. As frustrating as that could be for people like us, it must be doubly so for the officers who have been waiting to be allowed to act like actual cops on the front line these last 4 years.
While millions of appeasement dollars that come straight from your taxes have helped to keep up the appearance of peace on the ground, the issues appear destined to remain unresolved while the law remains unenforced at the hands of Fantino 2.0