Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

August 24, 2007 11:50 ET

CLC: Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day Is Wrong, Labour Says

Answering Every Question Now Would Be Honourable, says Georgetti

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2007) - "A responsible government that is on the side of the people should not run away from difficult questions and hide behind the lame excuses of a complaint process," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian labour Congress in reaction to the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety refusal to explain the police wrongdoing in Montebello on Monday and the three-day cover up that followed.

"Canadians' trust in their democratic institutions is shaken by the belated admission by the authorities that they had undercover police officers at a peaceful demonstration. Every added minute of silence by the Minister of Public Safety will further erode this trust. He is wrong not to answer questions and wrong not to order an open and public investigation."

"Delays, obfuscation and buck passing will only cement the negative public opinion about the SPP agenda, the summit meeting and the police apparatus used to hide them," explains Georgetti.

"Answering every question now would be the honourable thing to do because the Minister of Public Safety is answerable to government and Parliament for the actions of all police corps involved in the summit."

Canadians want to know now:

- why was one of these undercover police officers with a rock in his fist?

- why did the various police corps spent days denying they placed these officers in the peaceful demonstration?

- who was in charge of this operation? and once blown, why try to cover it up?

- how many other peaceful demonstrations did the police manage to subvert? when? where? and with what sad consequences?

- who in government knew about this? when? and what did they do about it?

- is the SPP so devoid of relevance that the government needed such an untoward distraction to hide it?

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 136 district labour councils.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Labour Congress
    Jean Wolff
    613-526-7431 and 613-878-6040
    Canadian Labour Congress
    Jeff Atkinson
    613-526-7425 and 613-863-1413