By Rob Ferguson
Toby Barrett, who has represented the Caledonia-area riding of Haldimand-Norfolk since 1995, used the Twitter hashtag #appeasement. His tweet also referenced the 1990s Oka crisis and linked the Caledonia conflict to the ongoing riots in London, England—drawing the ire of his political opponents and residents.
“It’s inflammatory every way you look at it,” said Greg Crone, the Liberal candidate challenging Barrett in the Oct. 6 provincial election.
Six Nations resident Tracy Bomberry, who drew attention to Barrett’s tweet when she posted it to Facebook, said she was stunned, particularly by Barrett’s reference to the London riots when he used the hashtag #bringthearmy.
“Oh my goodness,” Bomberry said. “That’s just ridiculous. There’s no comparisons at all as far as I’m concerned. He’s completely off the mark in this tweet.”
For more on the Caledonia protesters, see Mound Supporters Compared to Violent Protesters and Aboriginal Youths on the Warpath? For more on the subject in general, see Indigenous Resistance = "Terrorism"? and Indians, Terrorists = US Enemies.
Below: "A tweet by Progressive Conservative MPP Toby Barrett is drawing criticism for comparing the native standoff in Caledonia to appeasement, the 1990s Oka crisis and the ongoing riots in London, England."