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Editorial: Overreaction on Parliament Hill – The Telegram

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 201983 Views

In the best light, it might simply have been overzealous security officials and stringent rules.

But it looks like yet another unforced error, and downright hideous optics.

After no one from federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s office would come down to receive a 15,000-name petition about methylmercury concerns at Muskrat Falls on Monday, 13 protesters were arrested on Parliament Hill, charged with trespassing, and later released with a 90-day ban from the seat of Canada’s government.

Leave aside the question of whether Canadians should have a right to access the seat of the federal government to make their concerns known for a moment. There’s also the fact that Parliament Hill is part of a huge block of currently unceded Algonquin land — a recognition of which is regularly acknowledged at the beginning of public events — and the protesters included Indigenous people from Labrador raising concerns about development on their ancestral lands.

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