Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

September 11, 2007 11:41 ET

Labour Demands Judicial Inquiry on Police Behaviour in Montebello

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2007) - The Canadian Labour Congress demands that a judicial inquiry be established under the Inquiries Act, with respect to the conduct of police and security forces at Montebello on August 20, 2007. - In a letter to the Prime Minister, Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress makes it clear that Canadians need assurance that those responsible for the actions of the police in Montebello will be held accountable and that our rights will not be so infringed upon in the future.

The labour movement rejects the Public Safety Minister's suggestion to use the review processes of the Surete du Quebec and the RCMP. "We have decided to pursue this request under the Inquiries Act in order to have as transparent and complete an inquiry as possible. It is our view that a Commissioner, appointed under the Inquiries Act, would operate independently of the police and, in fact, would be more efficient and practical, since more than one police and security service was involved at the Montebello meeting," Georgetti's letter says.

"The fundamental issue at stake is Canadians' right to speak, to disagree, and to protest government policies without the chilling effect of masked, armed and aggressive police officers in their midst."

Georgetti's letter stresses that what happened on August 20 was not just a police operation and important questions need to be examined and answered.

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. Web site:

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