By MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
On February 28, 2006, as MPPs began to assemble at Queen’s Park for afternoon Question Period, I was alerted by a colleague that construction workers were being driven out of a subdivision in my riding, in Caledonia.
As a Member of the Opposition, I crossed the floor and sat down with then-Minister of Natural Resources, David Ramsay, who had responsibility for Aboriginal Affairs. Given the seriousness of this very recent development, and because we both wanted to know who was in charge, we went through his briefing books together. At every turn, the advice indicated—’this matter is federal’.
The next morning, I drove down to Caledonia and walked back into the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision to find out what was going on and who was in charge. I explained I was MPP for both Caledonia and Six Nations but was ignored, other than being invited to come to the fire to keep warm. After a few hours one of the organizers explained they could not talk to me— ‘this matter is federal’.