CANACE founders hit back at Fantino/Bryant defamation

29 04 2008

On April 23, 2008, just one day after personally serving Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant with notices under the Libel and Slander Act for his public comments about CANACE Director of Research Mark Vandermaas and his complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Commission and about CANACE co-founder Gary McHale, OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino appeared on the John Oakley Show on AM640 Toronto Radio and and – once again – falsely accused both men of being ‘involved’ in violence and having a violent agenda.

Minister Bryant is served, CANACE helps Mayor Trainer expose a key OPP fabrication

On April 22/08 Mr. Vandermaas served Minister Bryant with notices under the Libel and Slander Act on behalf of himself and Mr. McHale just before the start of his meeting with Haldimand Council while the Minister was going around the room shaking hands. See VoiceofCanada article for video.

It was a bad day for the Minister; not only was he served our notices under the Libel and Slander Act, he faced some tough questions from Councillor Buck Sloat, and by Mayor Trainer who asked what may prove to be the most important question in Ontario’s history when she quoted from a legal opinion contained in a document – provided by CANACE – that was submitted to the Ipperwash Inquiry by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General which clearly states the Ministry’s opinion that natives did NOT have the ‘colour of right’ defence in connection with their illegal occupation of Ipperwash Provincial Park.

In other words, the OPP have been lying to land owners and native protesters with the full knowledge of the Ontario government. Watch for a new CANACE report shortly that will explain this and other legal misrepresentations being made to builders and municipalities. In the meantime, you can read the AG’s legal opinion and watch a video of Bryant’s muddled, disjointed response to Mayor Trainer’s question on CWUC:

A transcript of Bryant’s answer can be found in the CANACE document shown below. The Minister wasn’t expecting to be confronted with the government’s obvious lack of respect for their own legal opinion and it shows. In essence, he told the Mayor he doesn’t care what the law says, he’s going to do it his way no matter how many innocent people get hurt in the process. Keep in mind while you are watching and reading his response that Michael Bryant was the Attorney General at the time when this legal opinion was submitted to the Ipperwash Inquiry.

CANACE’s Caledonia Liaison Merlyn Kinrade met Bryant on the front steps of the Haldimand County offices where he shook the Minister’s hand as he was leaving and told him he had some more YouTube videos coming out. No doubt, Bryant was glad to get back to Queen’s Park for Question Period.

Fantino is served with the help of the Attorney General’s office

The Attorney General’s office saved us the trouble of serving Fantino at his home by agreeing to accept service on his behalf. The notices were sent on the evening of April 24th and read at 0846 hours the following morning.

Our notices to Bryant and Fantino under the Libel and Slander Act

Be sure to read the Fantino notices; they include testimony from OPP Detective John Murray, MPP Toby Barrett and Haldimand Mayor Marie Trainer that puts the lie to Fantino’s outrageous assertions that CANACE founders have a violent agenda.

Michael Bryant’s resume




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: