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Toronto G20 Police Inquiry Pledged

A Freedom government will require future international political meetings
to be held in remote locations

July 6, 2011 Toronto
- Ontario's Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties have opposed the commissioning of a judicial inquiry into the actions of Ontario's Liberal McGuinty government and into the actions and omissions of the policing of the G20 event held in Toronto in 2010.  In a  2011 election plank released today by Freedom Party of Ontario, the party says that a Freedom government would commission a judicial inquiry.  The party also pledges that it will refuse to cordon-off public streets and sidewalks in Ontario's cities, and will refuse to pledge police resources in response to proposals to hold international political events in Ontario's busy, populated areas.  All such events will have to be held in secure, remote locations.
The plank is being promoted with a new pre-election commercial, also released today, which is available here.

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"In Vancouver, a 17 year-old young man has taken responsibility for his actions during the Stanley Cup riot", says Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever, "yet some of the police involved in the G20 security operations are covering up for the actions or omissions of officers who abused their authority, with a blue wall of silence.  If anything demands a judicial enquiry, it is a demonstrable failure of the government and some police to defend the lives, liberty, and property of the residents of Ontario.

"The Progressive Conservatives under Tim Hudak have said an inquiry would be too expensive.  That, to me, is a dangerous cop out.  An inquiry will cost very little in comparison to the cost of the G20 event, and nothing is more costly than the loss of the freedom of the individual, including the loss of the freedom publicly to express discontent with government policy.  An inquiry is necessary so that we can know how to avoid future mishandlings of such events.

"Moreover, if one thing is clear even without an inquiry, it is that controversial international political meetings like the G20 are far too disruptive and destructive to be held in Ontario's cities and other populated areas.  One point one billion dollars is far more than enough to build and staff a suitable facility in a secure, remote location, so that the lives, liberty, and property of Ontario citizens are not violated.  A Freedom government will require all future international political events to be held only in secure, remote locations."

For further details, contact:

Paul McKeever, Leader - Freedom Party of Ontario

e-mail: pmckeever@freedomparty.on.ca

Freedom Party has been releasing 2011 election planks since early October of 2010. A complete list of the planks released so far can be viewed here. Freedom Party has also released a number of pre-election video ads to promote its planks. They all can be viewed on Freedom Party's youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/fpontario .



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