|PREMIER DEFENDS MINISTER’S
INTERFERENCE IN SIU INVESTIGATION
For Immediate Release
June 15, 2004
(Queen’s Park) –
Dalton McGuinty today defended Monte Kwinter and
the comments he made yesterday regarding the highly-publicized
shooting death by police of a 26-year-old Scarborough
man. Kwinter told the media that the life of this
man would probably have been spared if the police
had instead used a taser.
Garfield Dunlop, P.C. Critic for Community Safety
and Correctional Services, said today in the Ontario
legislature that Kwinter’s comments jeopardize
both the investigation currently being conducted
into the man’s death by the province’s
Special Investigations Unit (SIU), as well as
a potential civil suit by the man’s family.
During Question Period in the Ontario legislature
today, Dunlop asked the Premier if he would seek
“Premier, back in 1998, you asked for Bob
Runciman’s resignation when the name of
the mother of a young offender was mentioned in
a throne speech. The mother had even consented
to her name being used.
Here’s what you said about this, Premier,
in the Ottawa Citizen on April 25, 1998: ‘This
has turned from a question of competence to a
question of integrity.’
Premier, Bob Runciman did the honourable thing
and stepped aside until his name was cleared.
So Premier, in light of the fact that Minister
Kwinter has commented on a case that is before
the province’s SIU, will you ask Minister
Kwinter to do the honourable thing and resign?”
“This is a serious matter and I’m
disappointed that the Premier immediately dismissed
the thought of even considering Kwinter’s
resignation,” said Dunlop.
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