Cayuga bridge is about safety

Dec. 11, 2014

Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett advocates the Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Corrections to step in on the native-shutdown of the Cayuga bridge reconstruction.

During legislative debate of Bill 31, Make Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, Barrett explained both the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and the Minister of Transporation have failed, and in response to a speech by Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Barrett suggested, “Maybe we need him down there rather than the Minister of Transportation. They’re being hung out to dry.”

Barrett explained to the Community Safety Minister, and the Legislature, “The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is doing their best. They have been trying to replace a bridge in Cayuga; it was built in 1924…” Barrett continued, “However, once again, Six Nations activists have taken over the bridge. This has happened several times now. Construction workers essentially determine that discretion is better than valour, and leave.”

The most recent incursion on this bridge commenced December 4th.

As Barrett told the house, “The minister just indicated that we all want to feel safe. The title of this bill has the word ‘safety’. We cannot have construction workers finish a bridge that needs to be replaced—going back to 1924. Because of political correctness on this side of the House, nobody is doing anything to deal with this illegal activity out on this bridge.”

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For more information please contact MPP Toby Barrett at

519-428-0446, 905-765-8413 or 1-800-903-8629