Hudak opposes handing over DCE, McGuinty government will not deny rumours about Douglas Creek Estates

For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2010

Queen’s Park – Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and his caucus oppose handing Douglas Creek Estates over to Six Nations.

On the heels of reports stemming from a Friday night meeting between Haldimand County officials and Ontario’s Attorney General, Hudak made it clear in the Ontario Legislature that he and his caucus members feel very differently about this than Mr. McGuinty.

“This is the four-year anniversary of the McGuinty Liberal government abandoning the rule of law and leaving the residents of Caledonia to fend off home invaders on their own,” Hudak stated during question period.
“The Hamilton Spectator is reporting today the McGuinty government plans to hand over the Douglas Creek Estates to the Six Nations. The Ontario PC caucus opposes this move. We believe it is the wrong thing to do,” Hudak told the House.

While Hudak was quick to define his party’s position, the McGuinty government would neither confirm nor deny the report.

“As Attorney General and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, I can tell you that no decisions have been made with respect to the Douglas Creek Estates property,” Bentley said. “What we have done and what we continue to do is encourage people who live as neighbours to engage in productive discussions. The future of any relationship begins with those productive discussions and we will continue to encourage that.”

Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett said that Minister Bentley’s response only added fuel to the fire by creating even more uncertainty. Barrett has received a number of phone calls and emails over the weekend asking if the rumours of the land being turned over are true.

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