Mr Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe
North): I think they're still in government,
I rise in the House today in support
of the policemen and policewomen who serve us
on the front lines every day in communities
The release of a report on racial
profiling by the Ontario Human Rights Commission
has unfortunately placed police in a position
of defending their very existence. The Police
Association of Ontario has informed me that
the terms of reference for the commission's
report excluded police from participating. This
is disturbing and discriminatory.
What worries me even more is that
Monte Kwinter and the Liberal government were
so quick to praise this report and make more
promises about acting on its recommendations.
I have to ask why.
Minister Kwinter has been in his
new portfolio for two months and he's already
targeting police. Yesterday, the minister said
he will act now on the recommendations to install
cameras in police cruisers, yet other emergency
services personnel, including ambulance workers
and firefighters, have been spared this Big
The only reasons that video cameras
should ever be installed in police cruisers
would be for the safety of our police officers
and for investigative purposes. Any other reason
would show a complete lack of trust and discrimination
against the very people who allow Ontarians
to live in a safe and civil society.
Furthermore, any attempt by the
Liberals to pay for the cameras instead of making
due on their promise of 1,000 new police officers
would be outrageous.
Our caucus will not allow the minister
to make whipping boys and girls out of the fine
men and women who serve and protect us. They
deserve much better from the minister and from