CALEDONIA, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - The failed Conservative Ipperwash policy
is on display as John Tory recklessly tried to fan flames in the ongoing
federal land claim dispute in Caledonia, said Deputy Premier George
"This man is so desperate that he is willing to jeopardize a fragile
peace for his own personal gain," said Smitherman. "Conservatives never
change. Our focus is maintaining peace, his focus is stirring the pot."
The failed Conservative approach has been rejected by the Ontario Court
of Appeal, and the Ipperwash Commission.
Here's what the Ontario Court of Appeal had to say about the handling of
"... the peaceful occupation of what is now Crown land points to
reconciliation, not the force of law, as the best way to achieve a lasting
resolution of this dispute...
"The Supreme Court of Canada has repeatedly said that negotiation, not
litigation, is the best way for our country to reconcile the claims of our
Aboriginal communities with the rights of the Crown." (December 14, 2006)
And here's what the Ipperwash Inquiry had to say:
"Negotiation, not confrontation, is the best way to achieve progress in
reconciling treaty and Aboriginal rights with non-Aboriginal rights and
interests. Negotiated solutions will always work best to resolve the complex
interaction of rights, expectations and interests... The objective of all
parties in conflicts generally should be to develop a peaceful, constructive,
enduring solution." (Pg. 108, Vol. 2)
"Despite all of the heated rhetoric, John Tory can't point to one thing
he would do differently to end the dispute," said Smitherman.
The events of Ipperwash were a clear indication that peaceful
negotiations should be pursued and politicians should not insert themselves in
police operations. Smitherman also noted that on the day the Ipperwash Inquiry
released its report John Tory went into hiding and has refused to call on
Mike Harris to apologize for his government's actions.
"Ipperwash is still occupied 12 years later. That's the legacy of the
Conservative approach," said Smitherman.
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