Soldiers of Fortune
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AN ONTARIO JUDGE GLOSSES OVER ILLEGAL ABORIGINAL ACTS AT IPPERWASH. INDIAN BLOCKADERS NOW SEEM FREE TO EXTRACT DEMANDS FROM GOVERNMENT WITH IMPUNITY
BY KEVIN STEEL
"There's 30,000 miles of railway lines in this country and more than 50,000 miles of [oil and gas] pipelines," Chief Terry Nelson told a reporter. "The reality is that there's no army that can actually protect all that. Not the United States army, not the Canadian army, not any." Nelson continued to say. "There are only two ways of dealing with the white man. One, either you pick up a gun, or you stand between the white man and his money." said Nelson.
LaPratte believes the story of what happened to the residents of Ipperwash didn't fit with the desired narrative, so they were cast aside. Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty set up the Ipperwash Inquiry mere weeks after he was elected in 2003, a move LaPratte believes was based on McGuinty's desire to smear his predecessor, Conservative premier Mike Harris…
...National Post columnist Andrew Coyne to conclude that the report effectively legitimized illegal protest. "What we have here is nothing less than the normalization of lawlessness, the legitimization of violence as a means of political protest," Coyne wrote June 2. "And by a judge! Native radicals elsewhere can only take the appropriate clues and be emboldened."
Mark Vandermaas runs a website called The Ipperwash Papers that is seeking to publicize the events surrounding the George killing that the inquiry ignored. "To suggest that Mary-Lou LaPratte wasn't called as a witness because she didn't live close enough to the shooting is disingenuous, considering she lived 400 feet away," Vandermaas says. "It seems to me that Derry Millar is trying to put forth the argument that the Ipperwash Inquiry was all about the five or six hours surrounding Dudley George's death. I thought the inquiry was about trying to find out how he died and why he died." Certainly that might include some of the violence witnessed by some of the residents.
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Truth emerges as Ipperwash Papers go ‘main stream’
Mark Vandermaas Ipperwash Papers Report
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