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Conservatives Against Fantino

UPDATE 1025 Oct 12/10: National Post reporting “Julian Fantino will run as a Conservative candidate in an upcoming federal byelection in Vaughan, he revealed at a press conference this morning.” [LINK]

We will issue a separate statement later today, but it is clear the Conservative Party has decided to put short term political opportunism ahead of victims of crime who have already been abandoned for four years by Fantino. Today’s announcement is a slap in the face to law and order, to the rule of law, to the Charter of Rights, and to every Conservative supporter in Canada.  

Leading Caledonia activist Gary McHale and longtime resident/Conservative supporter Merlyn Kinrade have been invited to appear on Hamilton-based CHTV’s Live at 5:30 feature today.  

UPDATE 0234 Oct 12/10: Globe & Mail reporting in story updated at 2358 yesterday that Julian Fantino has registered domain “whose title bar is marked ‘Conservative Party of Canada,” and is expected to announce his candidacy at a press conference tomorrow [LINK]. 

UPDATE 0124 Oct 12/10: Conservative source reports that all Harper’s key people “have the Blatchford information and know the risk.” 


At 0005 today (Oct 12/10) the following bulletin was sent out to media contacts by ConservativesAgainstFantino in advance of an announcement by Julian Fantino scheduled to be made at 0930 at the Famee Furlane at 7065 Islington Ave., Woodbridge.

It should be noted that Christie Blatchford and her publisher had nothing to do with our campaign against the Fantino nomination which began in earnest Sept 17/10 when Caledonia Victims Project founder Mark Vandermaas published the article referenced in the release below.


Just days after launching our website as part of a concerted, weeks-long effort by longtime Caledonia activists/Conservative supporters to give the Conservative Party of Canada pause before nominating Julian Fantino as a candidate a Conservative source has now informed us that Julian Fantino will likely NOT be a candidate.
Our source advises:
It [the controversy over Fantino in light of his record in Caledonia] has reached the Prime Minister, so I think it’s likely they’ll back away from Fantino.”
Campaign to convince Harper/CPC to wait for Christie Blatchford’s book exposing Race-Based Policing in Caledonia
Copies of a CaledoniaVictimsProject article entitled, “Christie Blatchford in HELPLESS: Front line OPP officers ‘sold down the river’ by Fantino & Boniface” ( ) have also been circulating among prominent Conservatives via email and incurring negative reactions towards the party in light of Fantino’s record in Caledonia which included a criminal charge of Influencing Municipal Officia issued by a Superior Court judge, but dropped by McGuinty’s Attorney General before it reached trial.
On Sept 17/10 Caledonia Victims Project founder Mark Vandermaas, upon hearing rumours of Fantino’s candidacy, posted the following article – the first of several – cautioning the CPC to hold off nominating Fantino until after Christie Blatchford’s long awaited book exposing the depravations in Caledonia was released on Oct 26/10:
Mark also worked to open dialogue with party insiders outside Haldimand County/Caledonia while other Caledonia activists – including Merlyn Kinrade and Gary McHale worked with Conservative supporters within the area to apply pressure in order to help the party understand the issue. 
This evening’s message is the first indication that the party was paying attention to the potential damage that could result from embracing Fantino.
While we are cautiously optimistic, we have every intention of carrying through with our plan to convince core Conservatives to switch their votes to alternate parties should they decide to proceed with nominating Julian Fantino. Such a move would likely prove devastating to the party given the release of Blatchford’s book on Oct 26th and a planned 20-city tour across Canada in November.
Excerpt from FAQ page on Why is it so important that Julian Fantino not be nominated for the Conservative Party? 

“Julian Fantino is a symbol of the Race-Based Policing practices in Caledonia that saw innocent property owners victimized with illegal occupations while OPP officers stood guard for those committing the crimes. His candidacy for the Conservative Party would symbolize that the party has fully embraced racialized policing and the dangerous ideology that innocent victims should be controlled, silenced and targeted for arrest as an alternative to enforcing the law against extremist groups. Julian Fantino has shown scarcely believable bias in favour of native criminals all the while using the full weight of his office to try to intimidate peaceful, law-abiding non-natives into compliance.

“It should be noted that native citizens were also being victimized by the refusal of the OPP under Fantino to police the lawless ‘homefree zone’ (as residents refer to the occupation site) that is called the Douglas Creek Estates, a reality that we have repeatedly spoken out about in public, including at the 2010 New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum at Mount Royal University in Calgary (link below).”

In addition to Mark Vandermaas (contact info below), journalists can contact the following for comments:
Gary McHale (best for TV/radio journalists)
Executive Director, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (,
Co-founder, ConservativesAgainstFantino 
Merlyn Kinrade (Caledonia resident)
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality
Please call Mark or Gary at any time this evening if you require assistance.
More information, including information about the organizers and a list of FAQ’s can be found here:



Mark Vandermaas  519.457.0709 
Caledonia Victims Project 
The Ipperwash Papers Project