According to the Hamilton Spectator, the Ontario government is "preparing an assistance program for Caledonia businesses hit hard by the standoff with native protesters, including a blockade of roads and a blackout caused this week by a fire set in a transformer."
So now our spineless Dalton is emerging from his foxhole to buy silence from the outraged community. He reminds me of that wimpy president in "24". A group of Canadian citizens broke the law, but we, the taxpayers of Ontario, will have to foot the bill for the protesters' actions. There are two sets of law in Canada, and this particular minority clearly has more rights than the rest of us.
What I want to know is, where is that money coming from? The health budget? Infrastructure? The emergency slush fund?
Whether or not the land claims are legitimate is beside the point. As Sun columnist Christina Blizzard pointed out, "If a group of thugs at Jane and Finch, or in Rosedale, barricaded a public road, threw objects at passersby and set fires, they'd be cooling their heels in jail by now."
Mike Strobel points to the Maori tribunal as an example of a possible solution to avoid this type of anarchy in the first place.
But if the rule of law can so easily be ignored in Ontario, and the provincial government forces the taxpayers to pay restitution to the injured party, how is that in any way moral, democratic and just plain common sense?
I cannot wait until the next election.