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July 13, 2011
Office of The Honourable Senator Bob Runciman
351 East Block
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4
Dear Senator Runciman:
As a former UN peacekeeper and Caledonia activist who has devoted countless hours to denouncing the OPP/McGuinty government’s substitution of ‘peacekeeping’ in lieu of the Charter and Ontario Police Services Act
protections the people of Caledonia were entitled to, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for ‘Inquiry needed into Caledonia occupation
] (Toronto Sun, July 12/11).
You may recall we had a brief conversation during the 2007 Caledonia Convoy
event at Queen’s Park where you mentioned you had been reading our Ipperwash Papers project
of which I was the team leader. I am, therefore, profoundly pleased that it was you who now has the honour of being remembered as the first politician in Canada to open the desperately-needed public debate that will allow us to remove the Ipperwash millstone from around our province’s neck once and forever. Bravo!
I am optimistic that your words will help us end the shameful, illegal peacekeeping mission on Canadian soil and allow us to move forward via a meaningful and longlasting healing and reconciliation prcess based on truth, justice and apologies, rather than the artifical, short term non-solution of appeasement.
If the Dalton McGuinty government hands over the Douglas Creek Estates, especially knowing that the claim for possession exists only in the minds of militants seeking to justify their lawlessness [VIDEO
#2, 14:50] [PDF
], Ontario will have effectively legalized the use of violence against innocents as an alternative to upholding the rule of law. This can never be allowed. Your article will, I hope, set the tone of the debate going into the election that will make it impossible for McGuinty to do so.
I have attached a copy of our joint Caledonia Victims Project/Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality media release
of July 9th which expresses our desire to share the experience and evidence
we have gathered during our 5 years of work in Caledonia as Ontario confronts the shame of Caledonia. I am prepared to give my ‘Caledonia: An Illegal Peacekeeping Mission on Canadian Soil
‘ presentation from our recent ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ event
to your fellow senators or any Conservative Party function – private or public – to help further understanding on this vital topic. I know I speak for Mr. McHale in saying that we both stand ready to assist our province and our country in any way possible.
I look forward to meeting you again one day to thank you in person for this gift to the people of Ontario. Please contact me any time, day or night if I can be of service.
Founder, Caledonia Victims Project
Leader, The Ipperwash Papers Project
- Senator Bob Runciman, July 12/11: Inquiry Needed Into Caledonia Affair [PDF] (TorSun: LINK)
- Joint CANACE/Caledonia Victims Project Media Release, July 09/11: Caledonia — what went wrong? What next? Longtime volunteers stand ready with answers & help
- Regional News (Caledonia) series, Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale, Mary Lou LaPratte, Feb 1-25/09: McGuinty’s Ipperwash Cover-Up: The Caledonia Legacy
- ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ event, Ottawa, March 22/11, Mark Vandermaas presentation, Part 2 cont. – Caledonia Myths & Policy Issues: An Illegal Peacekeeping Mission on Canadian Soil [VIDEO #3, 9:39] [PDF, 36p incl. citations, begins p12]x
- ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ event, Ottawa, March 22/11: Mark Vandermaas presentation, Part 2 – Caledonia Myths & Policy Issues: ‘Vexatious Land Claims‘ and Caledonia: a National Security Issue [VIDEO #2, 14:50] [PDF, 36p w/citations]x
- 2010 New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum, Mount Royal University, May 05/10, Mark Vandermaas presentation: Listening to Victims: A Fresh Approach to Healing and Reconciliation [PDF, 21p]
- 2010 New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum, Mount Royal University, May 05/10, Gary McHale presentation: The Face of Aboriginal Sovereignty versus the Rule of Law in Caledonia [PDF, 8p]
- National Post, July 13/11: National Post editorial board: The shame of Caledonia continues
- National Post, July 13/11: The Caledonia farce continues
- National Post, July 11/11: Christie Blatchford: Deal tries to hush up disgrace of Caledonia
- Caledonia Victims Project, July 09/11: Caledonia: what went wrong? Where do we go from here?
- Senator Bob Runciman website: BobRunciman.com
Founder, Caledonia Victims Project