Wednesday 6 October 2010

G20 Inquiry: Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath introduces bill for a full public inquiry

NDP introduces G20 public inquiry bill |

On Tuesday afternoon, NDP leader Andrea Horwath introduced a private
member’s bill that would establish an independent commission to perform a
full public inquiry into the decisions and actions of the McGuinty
government and the police during the G20 Summit.

There were more than 1,100 arrests that weekend,
making it the largest mass arrest in Canadian history; extensive
violations of civil liberties and charter rights; peaceful protesters
silenced; and innocent bystanders detained.

“There are now six separate reviews underway,” said
Horwath. “Yet none of these has the mandate or the jurisdiction to ask
the most fundamental questions or provide Ontarians with the answers
they are seeking.”

Horwath’s bill requires that a commission shall be appointed within 60 days after the G20 Public Inquiry Act
comes into force that will make recommendations to the Ontario
government and police about how to reduce spending, arrests and violence
at similar future events.

The commission will also report on whether the
rights and freedoms of Ontarians were put in jeopardy during the G20
Summit and the exercise of power under the Public Works Protection Act.

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