Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Ball's back in Ontario's court

The Toronto Star reports that Jim Prentice isn't buying into Dalton McGuinty's interpretation of the Constitution ("Ottawa Hits Calendonia Ball Back"):

The Ontario government is solely responsible for paying for the costs of the First Nations occupation at Caledonia, and is now attempting to shift attention away from that fact, Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice said today.

"The Constitution is very clear. Property and civil rights, the administration of justice and policing are all provincial responsiblities," Prentice said in an interview.

"What's missing here is the justification for the province to say this is a federal obligation to pay for this. While the federal government has responsibility for Indians, that doesn't override provincial law."



See the thing is Premier, that with power comes responsibility. Just wishing a problem would go away doesn't always work.

3 comments:

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Update here. I don't want to mess with that Torstar link.

PGP said...

Going full Circle


How patient of you Joanne to explain the simple truths of responsibility to McWeasel. His behaviour seems like the kid who claimed the dog ate his homework....think any of it will sink in?
As for those citizens of Caledonia....Is there a chance that a class action suit against the Ontario Government and the OPP will fly?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Is there a chance that a class action suit against the Ontario Government and the OPP will fly?

I wouldn't blame them for trying. Hopefully they will get their revenge at the ballot box. This month for municipal; next year for provincial.