For immediate release:
Dec 17, 2008

Barrett tables resolution for land dispute public hearings 

Dunnville— Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett stepped up the fight for government-led public hearings regarding land disputes in Ontario.

On Wednesday, Barrett upped the ante by tabling a private members’ resolution to schedule hearings for consideration and debate:

“That, in the opinion of this House, the following Order of Reference should be assigned to an all-Party committee of the Legislative Assembly:

       To inquire into and report on native land issues within the Province of Ontario.

       The Committee shall:-

       1.  Conduct public hearings on this issue at Queen’s Park and in at least 7 other Ontario communities, including one community in Haldimand County;

       2.  Solicit input from Ontario citizens on their knowledge, experience and action proposals with respect to native land issues;

    3.      Present its report to the House, containing its observations, opinions and recommendations no later than the end of 2008.”

The resolution has been printed in the Ontario Legislature “Orders and Notices Paper” from which it will be scheduled for debate.

Meantime, Barrett has stood twice to petition the Legislature for a round of recorded hearings whereby deputations - both spoken and written - could be made to a standing or select committee of the Ontario Parliament.

Over the last two weeks, Barrett has received and tabled petitions at Queens Park with names from the following towns: Lowbanks, Ayr, Cayuga, Nanticoke, Caledonia, Canfield, Dunnville, and Hagersville.

“We, the undersigned, petition our provincially elected legislators, representing all political parties, to commence public hearings through a select or standing committee, as soon as possible,” Barrett concluded.

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at: (519) 428-0446 or 1-800-903-8629