Ontario won’t call public inquiry into G20 chaos
Mon Jun 28 2010
Rob Ferguson, Tanya Talaga and David Rider
Queen’s Park says it’s up to Ottawa to call a public inquiry into the G20 Summit that roiled Toronto.
And Toronto Mayor David Miller insists no inquiry is needed, saying the city’s Police Services Board will conduct a routine review with input from citizens — and anyone who feels they were mistreated by police can complain directly to the provincial Office of the Independent Police Review Director.
But Ontario’s New Democrats say there are “far more questions than there are answers” after the wild weekend of violence and the decisions that led up to it, making it essential to have an inquiry into how Toronto was chosen, security was planned, as well as police tactics and strategy over the weekend.
“It’s unbelievable so many crimes could be committed in the presence of so many police officers,” said New Democrat MPP and justice critic Peter Kormos, referring to the “black bloc” protesters who ran amok despite a security tab of almost $1 billion.