Thursday, September 7, 2006

In Praise of Folly in Caledonia

Not only do the Provincial rulers and their aspiring usurpers continue to apologize for and advocate negotiations with the insurgents in Caledonia, their bureaucrats are not even competent enough to erect a fence to mask their folly.

Canadian Press:

A wooden fence that was supposed to separate a Catholic elementary school in Caledonia, Ont., from the seven-month aboriginal occupation taking place next door still isn't finished, much to the consternation of Premier Dalton McGuinty.

The 2.5-metre fence was supposed to prevent students at Notre Dame Catholic School from being distracted by the occupation, which has been taking place on the tract of land since February.

"I'm disappointed to learn that that fence is not up," Mr. McGuinty said yesterday.

"I think we owe it to the parents and we owe it to the children there to ensure that they are going to school with a sense of security."

"We want to get some reports from the ground there to find out specifically where we are in terms of progress, but I cannot believe and will not believe we can't get a fence built."
If The Gimp was truly concerned about the security of Caledonia school children, his government would be directing the police to do their job and arrest those who destroy and invade public and private property instead of spending over $17 million of taxpayer money to appease the intruders. Why bother with security cameras when you have no intention of upholding the law in the first place?
Conservative Leader John Tory slammed Ontario's Liberal government for what he called "all talk and no action" on the handling of the Caledonia standoff.

"Students are returning to class today in Caledonia only to see barricades with razor wire standing at the entrance to land that continues to be occupied unconditionally," Mr. Tory said in a statement yesterday. "Mr. McGuinty said today that the first day of school should be a day of optimism. What is optimistic about kids being forced to be face to face with ugly barricades and a tense land dispute on a daily basis?"
Freedom Party Leader Paul McKeever dissects Tory's ambigious utterance:
Tory knows that most normal people, reading that, will assume he means that the land should not be occupied at all. But that is most certainly not what he is saying, given what he has said in the past. What he is actually saying is that there should be conditions upon the occupation (conditions, but no enforcement of the conditions). Tory wants to make some people think he is in favour of using force, but to remain technically able to deny he ever said anything of the sort.

Consider what Tory's insistence about "conditions" means. That it would somehow be acceptable if he could say: "Students are returning to class today in Caledonia to see barricades with razor wire standing at the entrance to land that continues to be occupied conditionally."

The moronic nature of Tory's message becomes clear when his sentence is disambiguated.
Fence or no fence, residents in Caledonia, and indeed the rest of the province, have no reason to be optimistic so long as the police fail to do the job they were hired to do, which is to protect peaceful citizens from violence. John Tory is sitting on the fence with McGuinty, or perhaps standing in the middle of the road, on the other side of the barrier, as he doesn't support the erection of the fence, or at least he didn't on August 27th.

An excerpt from a letter addressed to the Premier from John Tory:
If you believe the protesters are legally occupying the Douglas Creek property, [..] would you, as the overseer of public safety and security in our province, set out the conditions under which you agree to have the land occupied?

The Court has stated "(t)he Province should be permitted to determine what level of occupation and what use of its own property best promote the public interest in these difficult circumstances." According to many of the residents with whom I've spoken, there is great concern about personal safety given recent activities which have occurred without consequences. Such terms, if required by your government as owner, would protect the interests of the residents of Caledonia and their families, as well as the First Nations people, and could provide comfort to parents as their children prepare to return to school in the coming weeks.

As suggested to you in my earlier letter on this matter this should include for example, reasonable restrictions on noise and nighttime activities. This is consistent with mutually respectful behaviour followed by neighbours everywhere and consistent with restrictions placed on almost every person using someone else's property.

If indeed the First Nations people are on the land with the concurrence of your government, why are the barricades needed? Isn't it reasonable that you might make it a condition of that concurrence that those barricades come down prior to the kids returning to the nearby school, as I suggested to you in my earlier letter?
Never mind the consent of the property owner so long as we are all in bed by the curfew. Tory seems to have no problem with the government declaring the occupation as a legal one if only conditions be imposed but not enforced.

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Anonymous said...

You might as well say that the police shouldn't arrest an armed bank robber for fear of a violent confrontation.

For what purpose is a government AT ALL? If the government isn't going to uphold the rule of law—which should really be the only justification for a government to begin with—then it isn't worthy of the title of "government".

That is essentially the position of McGimpy and Tory; don't uphold the rule of law because someone might get hurt and I don't want to look like Mike Harris, you know, that evil tax-cutting man from the 90s who killed Dudley George.

Tory is blaming Dolton for not doing anything but isn't saying what HE WOULD DO, because what he would do is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

"Coward" is a good word to describe him.

"Incompetent" is another....."Irrelevant" is an even more fitting description.

Anonymous said...

It is about time this man steps forward and ensures the the will be honored this is crazy the life Caledonia residents are police presence on the 6th line because the natives have no trust that is crazy about time our government stood up for the people instead of standing like puppets to the six nation protesters take back our town