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Caledonia artist portrays Stephen Harper as one of the 'Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil' monkeys in her award-winning portrayal of the Caledonia crisis - 2 years before he welcomes Julian Fantino (shown below as one of Caledonia's tormenters) Click the image to learn more.The headline of this Globe and Mail piece by Jane Taber is rather misleading (it leads readers to conclude the Liberals made a serious effort to recruit Julian Fantino for themselves), but some important news is found further down in the article itself where Taber reports that on Nov 25/10 Fantino’s conduct in Caledonia was, for the first time in five years, the subject of discussion in the House of Commons thanks to two Liberal MPs who wondered why – given Fantino’s candidacy for the federal Conservatives – MP Diane Finley’s signature was on a 2009 anti-Fantino petition circulated by Haldimand residents.

And Thursday two Liberals [MPs Rob Oliphant and Maria Minna] – stood up in the Commons to attack Mr. Fantino over his handling of the native protests in Caledonia when he was the OPP commissioner. They noted that Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, whose represents the troubled corner of Ontario, had signed a petition calling for an inquiry into Mr. Fantino’s actions.

“The member was a minister when she signed a petition demanding the Prime Minister’s hand-picked candidate in Vaughan, Julian Fantino, be investigated. She wanted his pay docked,” Toronto MP Maria Minna charged. “She wanted him suspended and she wanted him fired. Does she still hold the same view now?”

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Diane Finley brushes off Caledonia activists who want to meet to discuss illegal smokeshacks at CPC event (Harper visit), London, Ontario, Sept 02/10. When asked again at the Caledonia fair to grant a meeting, her staff rudely told us she would not meet with us until after the muncipal election and would not schedule a date.

Diane Finley brushes off Caledonia activists who want to meet to discuss illegal smokeshacks at CPC event (Harper visit), London, Ontario, Sept 02/10. When asked again at the Caledonia fair to grant a meeting, her staff rudely told us she would not meet with us until after the muncipal election and would not schedule a date.

A retired RCMP sergeant living in Caledonia named Bill Dietz has given his permission to publish a letter he emailed to Haldimand-Norfolk’s Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament – Cabinet Minister Diane Finley – in which he expressed his anger at the party’s decision to embrace Julian Fantino as the candidate in the riding of Vaughan.

His emails below explain why he decided to tear up his CPC membership and ‘Sustaining Donor’ cards.

It is important to note that, when Mr. Dietz wrote back to grant our request to publish, he made it clear he was not an ‘activist’ and had not participated in the various protests in Caledonia. I can assure readers that he has, indeed, played no role whatsoever in any protest that we have organized.

Bill Dietz email #1 (to Diane Finley): “I always believed that WE stood for something…”

[PDF, 2p – emails 1&2]

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From: Bill Dietz
Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 7:29 PM
Subject: Julian Fantino
Hello Diane
 
What is going on in OUR party?? You know as well as I do, that Julian Fantino was a complete joke as far as law and order in Caledonia and Haldimand County was concerned over the last three or four years. I see by the news reports that our party and the Prime Minister has welcomed him with open arms……if this is the best the Conservative Party of Canada can do, then “Count me Out”.
 
I have been a member for many years, starting with the Reform Party, and I have been a faithful donor. I always believed that WE stood for something above the others….this is a complete and absolutely unacceptable “middle finger” to every citizen who wishes for decency and the Rule of Law and Order.
 
I know that you, and your husband, have the ear of the Prime Minister, and I challenge you to speak to him and relate the anguish and anger that this man has caused in Haldimand County over the last four years.
 
If this man becomes a member of the Conservative Government, I will have to hold my nose and vote Liberal…..as much as that would go against every thing that I believe in….
 
Bill Dietz
Sgt. R.C.M.P. (Retired)
Caledonia, Ontario

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Bill Dietz Email #2 (to Mark Vandermaas): “I have destroyed my membership card as well as my “Sustaining Donor” card.”

From: Bill Dietz
To: Mark Vandermaas, Editor – VoiceofCanada.ca
Sent: Wed 10/20/2010 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: Permission to publish your (terrific) letter pls?
 
Hi Mark
 
As you are probably aware I do not consider myself as an ‘activist’……I have never been out to any of the organized events to protest the lack of law enforcement in Caledonia and Haldimand County over the last several years, but having said that, I am absolutely outraged by this move to have Fantino run as a Conservative in Vaughn. I am not even sure if I would be considered a member of the Conservative Party any longer as I have destroyed my membership card as well as my “Sustaining Donor” card.
 
You may use my letter to Diane in any way you see fit……hope it helps.
 
Regards
Bill Dietz
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Thank you, Sgt. Dietz

We salute Sgt. Dietz (retired) for being willing to sign his name to such a strongly worded rebuke to the Conservative Party of Canada; for giving us permission to publish it; for destroying his membership card; and for stopping his donations to the party. We hope other Conservatives will also make their displeasure known in similar fashion.

As someone who also was a member of the Reform Party under Preston Manning, and who wore the uniform of the Canadian Forces (and served in a UN peacekeeping mission), I share Sergeant Dietz’s view that the Conservative Party of Canada has betrayed the values we worked so hard to defend.

POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas, info@caledoniavictimsproject.ca
(Mark Vandermaas is also the editor of www.VoiceofCanada.ca)

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