Five years of unfinished business in Caledonia

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2011

Simcoe – On the fifth anniversary of the occupation of Caledonia’s Douglas Creek Estates (DCE), it is clear there is work to finish up.

That from MPP Toby Barrett who noted that five years later, militants remain in control of the subdivision, smoke shacks remain on government property, power towers have yet to be wired, and the truck trailer and hydro barricade remain at the entrance.

“Each anniversary ramps up calls of concern and rumour to my office – concern that government may completely cave and legally hand over the subdivision to militants,” Barrett noted. “This is as unacceptable today as it was last year or five years ago.”

On February 22nd, last year, the Hamilton Spectator speculated on the possible handover of DCE to Six Nations. Opposition Leader Tim Hudak made his views clear in response, “The Ontario PC Caucus opposes this move. We believe it is the wrong thing to do.”

After five years of mayhem and confrontation to see Douglas Creek Estates handed over – as with Burtch and Ipperwash – would represent betrayal in the highest order, according to Barrett.

“Such a quick fix would not only be ineffective but downright dangerous – ask residents of Thistlemoor,” asserted Barrett. “There should be no decision on the future of DCE until government fulfills its responsibilities.”

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629