We now have six new Senators from Ontario, all hand-picked by Justin Trudeau.
He calls them non-partisan and I’m sure others will also weigh in on that question in the coming days but for now, I want to focus in on one of his choices.
Gwen Boniface is heralded as the first woman to head the Ontario Provincial Police, breaking the purported glass ceiling.
But, there’s another first under her belt that I’m not sure many would want to celebrate.
Watch as I explain her connection to the two-tiered policing system that developed under her watch in Caledonia.
There were confrontations, violent protests and years of scuffles with police. Even journalists were assaulted at times while the OPP stood by and did nothing to stop it as long as the perpetrator was native.
In her efforts to address the violence which led to the death of Dudley George, the OPP was encouraged to go too far the other way and attempted to make amends with natives by punishing the people of Caledonia.