Musings —03.04.2015 11:32 AM—
Apparently the Conservatives and the Liberals are both courting Chief Kettler. I think that’s nuts.
- Here’s the pro-police Toronto Sun editorial board, no less, calling him “a scrambling man spinning stories. It makes us think he’s hiding something.”
- Torontoist called his defence of racial profiling “shameful,” and declared that Blair was dishonest about police brutality – and “complicit” in it – at the G20.
- The Toronto Star editorial board said “he doesn’t get it” when it comes to civil liberties – and that Blair needed to explain, or resign, why he permitted his police force to take “actions during the G20 were [that] unreasonable, unnecessary and unlawful. That includes boxing in hundreds of people who had done nothing wrong behind riot-clad police lines; using excessive force during the largest mass arrests in Canadian history; arbitrarily searching young people who happened to be wearing backpacks; and locking up more than 1,100 people in gulag-like conditions that contravened Canadian law and police policy.”
And that’s just what I could find in a quick five-minute Google search. There’s plenty more.
Bill Blair oversaw the biggest curtailment of civil liberties in this country’s recent history. He needs to be called to account for that – not rewarded for it with seat in Parliament.
If he becomes a candidate, I personally plan to ensure that every bit of his history is better-known – and particularly his appalling record during the G20. Who’s with me?