Premier Wynne Statement on Toronto

Premier Kathleen Wynne Speaks after by election results
Premier Kathleen Wynne

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy attended the Lakehead University (LU) law school opening. He joined Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, LU President Dr. Brian Stevenson and other dignitaries in celebrating the opening of its doors for the 2013 charter class. As the first law school to be opened in Ontario in over 40 years, it will follow a different path of the typical law school in that it will be more responsive to issues related to First Nations and the needs of the north and rural/small centres. It has been developed to respond to the shortage of lawyers and articling spots in the north. Of the program, Beardy stated, “I am particularly pleased that the school has committed to addressing Aboriginal issues in all of its subjects—this is important not only for First Nations students, but Canadian students as well.” In discussions with its founding Dean, Beardy has raised the issues of Indigenous peoples and the Euro-Canadian legal and justice systems and how the relationship manifests on a broader scale. “It is my hope through this new law school’s direct relationship with First Nations it will be an innovative opportunity to start considering the laws and governance systems of Indigenous peoples in the field of law.” Having been originally approached by Nishnawbe Aski Nation to develop it, the law school is a creation of First Nations and the community. “I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the 8 years of strong leadership and commitment of First Nations and other parties that lead to the opening of this new law school,” stated Beardy. As a continuation of this developmental work, the law school will be overseen by the Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council. Lastly Beardy stated, “Today is a good day for First Nations to take up law as a career, I encourage any Indigenous person considering this opportunity to take it and in so doing, you will have my full support.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne Speaking in Thunder Bay.

TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement regarding the ongoing situation in the City of Toronto:

“As I have said from day one, we have been watching this situation closely and listening carefully. Events obviously continue to move quickly. The things we are seeing and hearing about Mayor Rob Ford are truly disturbing. Yesterday, City Council voted to request the mayor take a leave of absence.

As Premier of Ontario, the principles that are guiding me on this issue are as follows:

One, the City of Toronto has a mayor and council that were elected by the residents of Toronto and must be accountable to them. It is up to the municipal level of government to address the issues they face. It is not the provincial government’s role, nor its intention to impose its preferences upon that government.

Two, Toronto City Council has to be able to function.

Three, if council were to clearly indicate that they lack the ability to function as a result of this matter, the province would respond to a request from council to be provided new tools, depending on what that request might be.

Four, because of the extraordinary and unique nature of this type of intervention, I would consult with the other party leaders to see if our legislature could move unanimously if required.

The last thing this terrible situation needs is a layer of partisan politics. Within Ontario’s legislature and across this city, we all have to stand together to represent the best interests of the people.

At every level, your government is here to serve you.

Toronto is a great city in an amazing province. We have a proud history and a bright future.

Toronto is greater than one politician or one government.  Ontario is greater than one politician or one government.

I understand that people are affected by what is happening at this moment.

But I want the people of Toronto to know that we will not be defined by this.

And we will all work together to ensure the people’s interests are served.”

Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario

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