Dalton McGimpy's latest "solution" to the insurgent occupation in Caledonia is to demand money and action from the Federal government.
An ongoing aboriginal occupation in southern Ontario has worn out the patience of the province's taxpayers, Premier Dalton McGuinty says -- and he's urging Ottawa to pick up its fair share of the cost and settle the eight-month dispute with Six Nations protesters.The reason the Caledonia occupation has cost so much is because instead of enforcing the law that everyone else in Ontario is expected to follow, the Ontario Liberals have purchased the disputed land, provided the natives there with "free" utilities - despite damage caused to hydro poles early on - compensated business owners for lost revenue, spent money on overtime pay for police to stand around and do nothing, and paid out large sums of money to a provincial negotiator who has clearly failed in his role. Conservative Leader John Tory has estimated that $55 million of taxpayer money has been spent to date, although he does not provide an itemized list, and Dalton McGuinty continues to refuse to release a running total.
What is known is that millions and millions of dollars have been spent on the occupation thus far, and after eight whole months, The Gimp is now claiming the problem is a Federal responsibility and demanding compensation to Ontarians for the Liberal's mismangement of the situation.
But unlike McGuinty's government, the Federal government might actually enforce the law, unless the occupiers can prove they have a legitimate claim to the disputed land. McGuinty should have been asking for hard core proof of the native's claims before he purchased the land with other people's money.
A federal negotiator told a town meeting Friday night that Ottawa has told Six Nations representatives it does not have legal title to the housing subdivision occupied since February.As utility costs continue to rise on the reserve, eating into the provincial reserves, the Ontario Liberals realize they must pass the cost and responsibility onto the Federal government if they are to focus on more important matters, like preventing gender-based price discrimination, protecting consumers by banning expiry dates on gift cards and the beginning of a $2 million initiative to "build character in schools".
Cross-posted at Dust my Broom