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G8/G20 Communique: Canadian Parliament to investigate G8/G20 excesses

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For Immediate Release

October 6, 2010

Canadian Parliament to Investigate G8/G20 Excesses

Don Davies gets all party agreement to look into spending and civil rights abuses

OTTAWA - New Democrats have secured support from both the government and opposition for a study into spending and human rights concerns coming from June's G8 and G20 meetings.

Public Safety Critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) has been calling since the summer for a parliamentary inquiry into G8 and G20 security by the House of Commons Public Safety Committee.  Most recently, he filed a motion on September 13th that the committee add this issue to its fall agenda, which was confirmed at the committee's session this afternoon.

"At the end of the day, we had a summit that left downtown Toronto like a warzone, with smashed windows and burning cars accompanied by mass arrests and civil liberties being trampled on," said Davies.  "Most Canadians agree that this wasn't a billion dollars well spent and we need to know what went wrong and how it can be remedied." 

The committee will begin hearings this month, and will have jurisdiction to investigate all aspects of the federal government's role in the summits, including the billion dollar price tag and the role of the Integrated Security Unit in the civil rights violations that occurred.

"I have heard first-hand accounts of shocking and unacceptable treatment of innocent Canadians who were simply exercising their right to assemble and express themselves," said Davies.  "In addition, treatment and conditions in the police holding cells were completely unacceptable and, in many cases, clearly illegal."

"Canadians want to hear from all those involved - police, protestors, and federal officials - in order to ensure that such an incident does not happen again."

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For more information, please contact:

Jesse Brady, Press Secretary, 613-720-6400

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POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE

6 OCTOBRE 2010

LE PARLEMENT ENQUÊTERA SUR LES EXCÈS COMMIS PENDANT LES SOMMETS G8/G20

Don Davies obtient l'accord de tous les partis pour enquêter sur les dépenses la violation des droits

OTTAWA - Le NPD a rallié le gouvernement et l'opposition pour faire l'examen des dépenses et des préoccupations au sujet des droits de l'homme en lien avec la tenue des sommets du G8 et du G20 en juin dernier. 

Don Davies, le porte-parole du NPD en matière de sécurité publique, réclame depuis cet été que le Comité de la sécurité publique fasse une enquête parlementaire dans le dossier de la sécurité aux sommets du G8 et du G20. Plus récemment, il a déposé une motion le 13 septembre dernier pour que le comité ajoute la question à son agenda de l'automne, ce qui a été confirmé pendant la session du comité cet après-midi.

« Au bout du compte, nous avons eu droit à un sommet qui a donné au centre-ville de Toronto des allures de zone de guerre, avec des vitres brisées, des voitures incendiées, des arrestations de masse et la violation des libertés individuelles, a dit Davies. La plupart des Canadiens sont d'accord pour dire que ce n'était pas un milliard de dollars bien dépensé, et il faut savoir ce qui est allé de travers et comment nous pouvons y remédier.»

Le comité commencera ses audiences ce mois-ci, et aura juridiction pour enquêter tous les aspects de l'implication du gouvernement dans ces sommets, incluant les dépenses chiffrées à un milliard de dollars et le rôle du Groupe intégré de la sécurité dans les cas de violations des droits de la personne.

« J'ai entendu le compte-rendu de gens qui ont été les témoins directs du traitement inacceptable et consternant auquel ont été soumis des Canadiens innocents qui étaient venus dans le simple but d'exercer leur droit de s'assembler et de s'exprimer, a raconté Davies. C'est sans compter le traitement et les conditions de détentions qui étaient complètement inacceptables, et, dans plusieurs cas, carrément contraires à la loi.»

« Les Canadiens veulent entendre tous ceux qui étaient impliqués dans les événements : la police, les manifestants, les autorités fédérales, pour s'assurer qu'un incident comme celui-ci ne se reproduise pas. »

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Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter:

Jesse Brady, attaché de presse, 613-720-6400

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