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Conservatives Against Fantino

Justin Trudeau, son of the former prime minister responsible for enshrining the Charter of Rights in the Canadian Constitution, has recorded a strongly-worded video condemnation of Julian Fantino’s views that the Charter benefits mainly ‘common criminals’ and ‘Hell’s Angels.’


Justin Trudeau’s statement is simply a must-see. During the past four years we have seen – up close and personal – Fantino’s utter lack of respect for truth and for the Charter in Caledonia as illustrated by his utter disdain for the victims his OPP created, and his all-out assault on the rights and character of non-native activists, so Mr. Trudeau’s comments hit especially close to home:

Christie Blatchford makes it clear in the Globe today that she didn’t agree with the endorsement of Fantino by Trudeau’s opposite number – Don Cherry – the loud-mouth hockey pundit who said Fantino was “always there for the little guy” as she points out the irony of using Cherry (who lives outside Vaughan) to shill for Fantino who smeared Gary McHale’s motives for speaking out in Caledonia by calling him an ‘outsider’ with ‘an agenda”:

Mr. Fantino sure wasn’t “there for the little guy” in Caledonia. Indeed, in the case of Mr. McHale, he set out to nail him. I mention this in part because the 68-year-old Mr. Fantino has managed to duck the only truly public all-candidates debate in Vaughan (he did attend another taped by Rogers television) where by chance, Mr. McHale and about 20 supporters showed up to make sure that the subject of the Caledonia occupation was raised. […]

It’s funny, but over the course of my long newspaper career, I’d always previously defended Julian Fantino. His performance in Caledonia changed my mind, and I venture to say if more people knew just how he conducted business there, more minds might be changed. And that, methinks, is why he’s run the pop-up, peek-a-boo campaign he has, and enlisted, as Fantino-speak would have it, interlopers such as Don Cherry.

Only just today we became aware of the tragic story of James LeCraw, an innocent man who committed suicide in 2004 after being falsely accused by Fantino of being involved in child pornography. This case is another egregious example of the terrible price paid by innocents due to Fantino’s disregard for the magnificent document that is the Canadian Charter of Rights.

I thank Mr. Trudeau for speaking out against Julian Fantino’s candidacy and his defence of the Charter from the bottom of my heart, and I only wish that the Conservative Party had done so on behalf of the people of Caledonia instead of turning two blind eyes to Fantino and McGuinty’s use of their illegal peacekeeping mission in Caledonia to deny an entire class of citizens their constitutional rights. Instead of putting an end to the constitutional outrage that was Caledonia Harper annointed its commander.

No wonder the party is in turmoil over Fantino, and no one can say they weren’t warned.

The only question now is, how will the provincial iteration of the Liberals (i.e. Dalton McGuinty’s gang of constitutional scofflaws) turn down an inquiry into Caledonia now that the federal version has ripped McGuinty’s chosen OPP Commissioner – and chief abuser of the Charter there – to shreds?

This is going to be fun to watch folks. As the old saw goes, politics makes strange bedfellows.


POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas

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