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Harris threatens to sue McGuinty

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Published: Thursday, 08 June, 2006

[SISIS note: The following mainstream news article is provided for reference only, as an example of how mainstream media treats indigenous resistance to genocide. Mainstream media often presents biased and distorted information, lacking pertinent facts and/or context. Inclusion of this article on our site should not be considered an endorsement by SISIS.]

TORONTO -- Premier Dalton McGuinty is being threatened with possible legal action if he doesn't apologize and withdraw remarks made in the legislature.

At issue are comments McGuinty made Tuesday about the ongoing occupation by members of the Six Nations reserve of a tract of disputed land in Caledonia.

McGuinty said in the legislative chamber that the Conservatives prefer the government direct the police and send them out on some kind of police action.

A lawyer is accusing McGuinty of implying that former premier Mike Harris directed police in the 1995 Ipperwash clash that claimed the life of aboriginal protester Dudley George.

Harris testified earlier this year at the Ipperwash inquiry that he exerted no influence over the actions of the OPP.

A lawyer for Harris says McGuinty's comment is unfounded, calling it irresponsible smear tactics.

Lawyer Peter Downard says legal action will be launched if McGuinty doesn't withdraw his remarks.

Comments in the legislative chamber are normally protected from legal action by parliamentary privilege.

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