Right then, remember that terrible, terrible riot by mindless thugs during the G20?
No, no, not the one with the riot-tourists/ wannabe bomb-throwing anarchists, which the police passively watched.
The one the next day, featuring such luminaries as Officer Bubbles...
...and a number of beatings by police
, which ought to result in charges.
Well, here's no surprise:
Toronto Star wrote:
Premier Dalton McGuinty admits his government “moved too quickly” and “failed to communicate” a secret regulatory change that police used to arrest people at the June G20 summit in Toronto.
In his first public comments since Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin tabled a 125-page report denouncing “the most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history,”
McGuinty was relatively contrite.
(Historically inaccurate, of course. Never hear of the Winnipeg General Strike? Still, a telling remark.)
Relatively contrite. That's nice. And passing the buck so smoothly.
But McGuinty rejected Marin’s assertion that what his government did behind closed doors on June 2 was “illegal” and “likely unconstitutional.”
“We acted with good intentions,” he said, blaming “the mix-up” over the 1939 Public Works Protection Act for the government’s actions.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair had asked the Liberals to grant his officers additional authority and the government ceded to his wishes with little thought, according to Marin’s report.
McGuinty noted his government has already appointed former Ontario chief justice Roy McMurtry to review the World War II-era law.
The premier said the Act would not be revamped or scrapped until after McMurtry reports back next spring.
“The very premise of our regulation, the law itself, is likely not in keeping with the balance that we would want to strike at the beginning of the 21st century when it comes to public safety and ... freedom of expression,” McGuinty said.
The Ombudsman's report Caught in the Act
Ditto the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's report