By Gary McHale
Recently Commissioner Fantino publicly endorsed his idea of new highway traffic laws to make it illegal for Insurance Companies to cover drivers in bad weather who refuse to drive in a manner that Mr. Fantino deemed appropriate. Fantino was upset that the media had a problem with a Commissioner would be playing a role in establishing laws instead of what his role truly is which is law enforcement. Fantino's response to his critics was the following public statement:
"It may shock your apparently misplaced sense of values to also be told that when I picked up my badge to become a police officer, I did not at the same time surrender, as you obviously have not, my rights as a Canadian citizen to speak publicly about issues that I happen to care deeply about. You don't have exclusive rights of free speech and trust me when I tell you that you will not be the one to deny me and my colleagues of ours!"
This is truly amazing that Fantino could possible say this with a straight face as he has been the one who has repeatedly attempted to deny others their Right to Free Speech. This man truly is a Hypocrite.
Let's not forget how Fantino threatened Haldimand Council to be silent or that he personally tried to get Hamilton Police officer Dave Hartless, a resident of
Fantino's latest victim is once again Dave Hartless. Mr. Hartless, as over a thousand other people have done, signed the current on-line petition with the following statement, "I am a serving veteran police officer that resides in
We have now heard that the Commissioner has once again contacted
The Commissioner appears to have too much spare time because he had time to search the internet to see who believes they have the right to Free Speech in
"I have no intentions of entering into a debate with Councillor Grice about Charter rights and freedoms of speech and the like which he apparently framed in the April 5 e-mail to McHale."
Fantino's view was clearly stated in his threatening email to Haldimand Council. If Mr. Grice was to publicly speak out in any positive way regarding Gary McHale then Mr. Grice, Haldimand Council, as well as all the people of
Maybe Fantino could explain to the public exactly when did Craig Grice lose his right to Free Speech? Maybe it would be beneficial for the Commissioner to explain exactly how the residents of
Why is it acceptable for Native Protesters to raise flags, walk down the center of the road with a police escort, rally supporters from across
Exactly when did
It would be one thing if Fantino was just a Hypocrite but quite another when he is the head of a 7500 member police force. Fantino's own public statements demonstrate he spent $500,000 to ensure Canadian citizens could not raise a Canadian Flag in
The Commissioner can directly order his officers to ensure they arrest Gary McHale on the alleged offence of merely suggesting someone block a road, while seemingly being unable to arrest Native Protesters who repeatedly block roads, and damage the roads, for days at a time.
In Fantino's world Free Speech means he has the right to support a key Native leader who has assaulted numerous OPP officers and been directly involved in repeated criminal acts of mischief. Meanwhile, Mr. Fantino testified in court that the OPP have never videotaped nor witnessed Mr. McHale committing a single crime but he has no problem publicly attacking Mr. McHale.
Fantino claims that as a Canadian Citizen he has the right to Free Speech. Too bad he doesn't believe other Canadians have the same right. The list of those Fantino has attempted to silence is growing and includes Mayor Trainer, Councillor Grice, Dave Hartless, Gary McHale, Doug Fleming, Bo Chausse, Merlyn Kinrade, MPP Toby Barrett and you.
If you are reading this and live in Haldimand then you too have been added to Fantino's list of those who have NO right to speak out.
Is Fantino a Hypocrite? – Yes. Is he dangerous to democracy and to our fundamental values as Canadians? – well you need to think about it and if the answer is yes then what are you going to do to help ensure your community continues to have Free Speech?