Toronto Police Chief Admits Lying About G20 Fence Law
Toronto PD Chief Bill Blair Smiles as He Admits Lying to Public
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair admitted that he lied to the public about a secret law that prohibited members of the public from approaching the fence which kept the G20 and its delegates sequestered from the real-life city of Toronto.
Though the law was fictional, police were enforcing it, stopping citizens and searching them, as well as demanding ID. This is not actually legal in Canada. What the law extension really covered was areas within the fences erected for the G20, but, when given an inch, Bill Blair took a mile.
Under the guise of "keeping the criminals out", Blair did a great job in weakening his department's relationship with the public.
When asked Tuesday if there actually was a five-metre rule given the ministry's clarification, Chief Bill Blair smiled and said, “No, but I was trying to keep the criminals out.”
Premier Dalton McGuinty still hasn't explained why cabinet passed the regulation change in secret, and then kept it secret.
This is similar to what goes on in London, where police regularly harass photographers over a fictional public photography law.