Conservative Opposition Leader John Tory has written an open letter to Dalton McGuinty about "Restoring the Rule of Law" in Caledonia. Again, this is available to subscribers only.
However, Mr. Tory makes some excellent suggestions. First of all, he urges the Ontario Premier to get personally involved and call all sides into his office; laying out various conditions for returning to the negotiating table such as:
- -End to "unscheduled gatherings"
- -Agreement to restrict noise and activity at night
- -Remove all barricades and signage on and around site
- -"...the protesters leave the occupied land not later than the time at which negotiations are to resume, with assurances in hand from you, in writing if necessary, that the land in dispute will be held by the Government of Ontario in trust, that there will be no action taken in respect of that land pending the conclusion of the land claims negotiations and that the land will be dealt with in accordance with the ultimate determination of the land claims process, which I hope can be expedited. Since the governments are parties to the land claims negotiations, it may well be that you would put the land apparently owned by the Ontario Government into the hands of an independent trustee acceptable to all participants in those negotiations."
Seems like common sense to me. Of course, that's not usually McGuinty's style.
BTW, John Tory is on Newstalk 570 this morning.
Update: Joan Tintor has the whole letter posted, along with her own very witty editorial!