Sunday, September 23, 2007

Haldimand "John Tory comes to Caledonia Again"

Well Mr. McGuinty when are "you" coming to Caledonia? As I have stated on a few other occasions, McGuinty has been a mere "20 minutes" away from Hamilton at least 4 times in the last few months.

Today, John Tory along with Toby Barrett and Mayor Trainer, met with residents of Caledonia, to hear their concerns. This was John Tory’s ninth time in Caledonia in the last 18 months. Tory laid out his plan of action, if he was to be elected Ontario’s next Premier.

The following is a news release regarding "One Law for All".


Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory today returned to Caledonia, the site of the ongoing land-occupation, where he called for new leadership to resolve the current standoff and prevent other illegal occupations in the future.

"For over a year and a half Dalton McGuinty has permitted an illegal occupation to paralyze this entire community," Mr. Tory said, "He has failed the people of Ontario."

The Caledonia occupation began on February 28th, 2006 when a group of protesters claiming to represent the Six Nations Confederacy staged an illegal occupation of a Caledonia area building site. In the ensuing 19 months, vandalism and violence have held the community hostage.

To date, Dalton McGuinty has refused to insist on the rule of law when it comes to illegal occupations. The Caledonia occupation alone has cost Ontario taxpayers $55 million so far.

Similar disputes have since threatened communities ranging from Desoronto, Brantford, Hagersville, the Village of York, and Dunnville. Tory announced today that he would move to protect Ontario communities from illegal occupations by strengthening existing laws.

"I am announcing today that a PC government will amend provincial statutes, including the Trespass to Property Act to address the breakdown in law that results from an illegal occupation," said Tory. This new act would respect the valid interests of each side, protect innocent bystanders, and set a policy framework for police." Tory reiterated his commitments to showing new leadership on addressing the many longstanding issues of Ontario’s First Nations’ communities:

Make it a priority to resolve Aboriginal land claims, working in a spirit of partnership with Aboriginal peoples and the federal government;

Work with Ontario’s Aboriginal peoples to address the deplorable conditions in many Aboriginal communities, by working to meet essential needs in education, health, social services, and infrastructure;

Improve mental health service capacity in Aboriginal communities in partnership with Aboriginal peoples and the federal government; and,

Work with Aboriginal peoples, the federal government, employers and our colleges and universities to promote and enhance access to our college and university programs by Aboriginal students.

He also outlined the new ground rules that a Progressive Conservative government would enforce when confronted with an illegal occupation:

No negotiation with anyone engaging in an illegal occupation;

Oppose any group using an illegal occupation to extort concessions or payments

Insist that the authority of the courts, including court injunctions, are respected and enforced; and,

Use the justice system to pursue civil action against those who participate in, direct, or financially support illegal occupations. "I will stand up and stand beside the people of this province to ensure they are protected," Tory concluded. "For a safe and strong Ontario, leadership matters."

The fact that John Tory came to Caledonia again, proves to me that this is the type of "Leadership" that we need in Ontario. John Tory has laid out a plan, and a solid plan that I believe is in the best interest of "everyone", on the flip side our current Premier has turned his back to "ALL of US", "that is not a plan that we accept"!

I don't think it will be a hard decision come October 10th, 2007 for a lot of residents of Haldimand as to where they will place their "X" on the ballot. I know I will be voting for Toby Barrett, our current and next MPP for Haldimand/Norfolk!

If you still haven’t decided who you are going to vote for here in Haldimand, there are some debates coming up that you may be interested in attending.

Monday September 24, 2007, Agricultural Centre, Kohler at 7:00pm

Monday October 1, 2007, Legion in Dunnville at 7:00pm

You can also click on the to the left, that will take you to John Tory's website.


  1. At least there is one potential leader out there that is even willing to talk about the issue in Haldimand.

    For me, my vote is for the party that at least is paying attention.

    Time for a big change!

  2. Tory is really taking the heat for this visit to Caledonia, why? Fear I would say, fear that the public is listening.

    Mr McGuinty get your fishing pole ready.

  3. John Tory is at least willing to speak about the issues and be questioned by media about them.

    McGuinty has been hiding since the election campaign started popping up only at Liberal controlled events. No Leadership from this man. A leader leads and does not expect that anyone he/she is leading will do anything they wouldn't do themselves. So why is McGuinty expecting the 10s of thousands of people along the Grand to live with daily intimidation when he won't do it himself.

    Thank you John Tory for stepping out of the shadows and facing reality head on.