Premier Dalton McGuinty declared that (from Spectator):
No one, including residents of the town who are frustrated by the drawn-out occupation, thinks the rally will help the situation, he said.
"The people of Caledonia don't think it's a good idea," he told reporters before a government caucus meeting yesterday.
However, it seems that some of the residents may in fact feel otherwise, but are afraid to voice their opinion, due to fears of retaliation.
Caledonia Wake-Up Call has an audio file on its site from a Global interview. Some residents didn't want to appear on camera due to fears of repercussions, but still support the march. They talk of trauma, grief and stress-related disorders.
MPP Toby Barrett also disagrees with the Premier:
"I've knocked on more than 3,000 doors this summer. When people start crying at the door, it tells me they want some sort of resolution," he said.
Whatever the outcome of this weekend's rally, it is obvious that this situation cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely.
What will it take for resolution? Hopefully by this time next year we will have a new provincial government and peace in Caledonia.
Update: The mayor of Caledonia is contemplating a State of Emergency declaration! Read all about it in the Globe before it disappears behind a firewall!!!
Further update from Hazel Hill (Native POV):
The $15 million that the Crown has given to Henco to buy them out of the situation was an acknowledgement in itself that gee, maybe they made a mistake and didn’t have the right to sell that piece of land after all. Common sense tells you if they had clear title, this would have been over a long time ago.
I'm thinking McGuinty should just hand over the land and call it a day. The natives will win in the end, so why doesn't he just save everyone a lot of time, money and grief? What is he waiting for?