OTTAWA, Dec. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - As Canada prepares to host the G20 summit next spring, the president of one of Canada's largest unions is committed to ensuring that protestors won't be baited by undercover police, as they were at the North American Leaders Summit in Montebello, Qc.
"We are being dragged through a bogus process to get to the bottom of what really happened at Montebello," says Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, "but we are determined to leave no stone unturned to find out who gave police their orders."
"It is crucial," he says, "that as the G-20 meeting looms for next spring, that Canadians can confidently exercise their free speech rights, free from the threat of police intimidation and violence."
"At the same time, world leaders must know that they can come to Canada without having to worry about violence instigated by police agents to discredit those who want to assemble peacefully to express their views."
Coles made headlines two years ago when his attempts to stop undercover police officers from infiltrating the peaceful protest were posted on YouTube.
CEP immediately called for an independent judicial inquiry to find out who ordered the police to try to turn a peaceful protest into a violent one, but was told it had to take the case through the Quebec Ethics Committee, established under the Police Act.
That committee has now agreed to a public hearing, but is seeking to hand prosecution of the case over to a public official who has already concluded that the police involved should be excused of wrongdoing.
"So the guy who is prosecuting, is the same guy who has already whitewashed the whole affair," says Coles. "It's a total charade."
CEP today took the precedent-setting step of applying for standing as a party to the hearing before the Ethics Committee with the right to call evidence and conduct cross examination.
"CEP is committed to getting to the bottom of what really happened at the Montebello Summit in 2007, says Coles. "We will continue to push for an independent judicial inquiry into this whole cover up, and take whatever steps we need to get there."
SOURCE Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
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