QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett rose in the Ontario Legislature to point out Caledonia’s Douglas Creek Estates subdivision has been illegally occupied for 15 years now.

Pointing to the exact date of the Douglas Creek Estates occupation, Feb. 28, 2006, Barrett said there has been “15 years of road blockades, detours, confrontation and intimidation.”

He also noted the one year anniversary on Feb. 24 of the Highway 6 blockade in support of the national Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest, part of the Shutdown Canada movement.

“As with railroads across Canada, last February also saw the shutdown of the CN line that runs from Caledonia down to the Nanticoke industrial park,” he said. “This followed police action to clear the Deseronto railway blockade, following a statement by Prime Minister Trudeau that blockades ‘must come down and the [court] injunctions must be obeyed, and the law must be upheld.’”

Those remarks were echoed by Premier Ford, who said, “Enough is enough. The illegal blockades must come down.… The federal government must coordinate action to take down these illegal blockades across the country.”

Speaking to the most recent occupation, of MacKenzie Meadows subdivision and the blockade of local streets in Caledonia, the Highway 6 bypass and rail lines, Barrett said blockades are being removed.

“Highway 6 reopened February 10,” he said. “Argyle repairs finished up today, McKenzie Road will be repaired in two days, and they are inspecting the CN rail, I’m pleased to report, as of today.”

For more information, contact MPP Barrett at 519-428-0446 or toby.barrett@pc.ola.org

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