Ipperwash community leader endorses Gary McHale

Mary-Lou LaPratte lived through it all in Ipperwash: a land claim against her home; a home invasion; devastating & demoralizing race-based policing; the violent take-over of Camp Ipperwash; the complete withdrawal of police services by the OPP following the death of Dudley George; years of crime and intimidation by native protesters; abandonment by governments; the insulting exclusion from the Ipperwash Inquiry of all testimony and evidence from non-native residents; and, finally, the deja vu trauma of watching history repeat itself in Caledonia, Hagersville, Cayuga and Brantford.

For more than a decade she has done her best to give a voice to the people of Ipperwash, and to try to pass on the lessons the residents there learned about the terrible price of not enforcing the law during native protests. She is a founding member of CANACE (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality) and played a critical role in making The Ipperwash Papers project possible.

Now, she is endorsing Gary McHale as the best choice to represent the people of Haldimand-Norfolk:

October 02, 2008

To Whom It May Concern,

We need Gary McHale in the House of Commons.

Having known him for a few years now, I am convinced of his dedication to the rights of all citizens in this Country and that he cannot be coerced or intimidated to sway from his devotion to the protections placed in the Constitution, the Charter of Rights, and the Laws enacted by Parliament and the Legislature. 

The Liberal Government of Canada under Jean Chretien was in power for sixteen years and did nothing for the average Canadian in native land claim disputes to uphold the rights of private citizens caught in these claims, claims in which they were allowed no input and did not have the authority or ability to bring to resolution.

A vote for Gary McHale is a vote for true integrity and accountability.

Mary-Lou LaPratte

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