OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino applies his usual diplomatic style to the tense state of native relations:
"I believe that First Nations and aboriginal leaders across this country are making great progress ... and I would hate to see Mr. Brant or anyone else destroy that progress that is being made," Fantino said.Oooh, what's the government going to do, ignore court rulings in favour of native bands and drag their heels over just about every single land claim? And if they did, how would we notice the difference?
ADDED: Maybe this is just too obvious to note, but isn't this all just a wee bit of an overreaction? I mean a guy wants to block train tracks with a dirty old bus – something he has been promising to do for weeks – and our brave, brave security apparatus is acting like it's the second coming of Osama Bin Laden. You don't think they're exaggerating the threat to help drive their own agenda, do you? After all, if Brant's magic bus was all it took to bring this province to its knees, then how well would we do in a real crisis?