That’s a bit of snark from a Harper parody on Twitter, Pmoharper, that I found amusing, which describes this bit of obfuscation from the Toronto Chief of Police Bill Blair (which is not very amusing at all);
Police admit deliberately misleading public on expanded security fence law
Toronto’s police chief is admitting there never was a five-metre rule that had people fearing arrest if they strayed too close to the G20 security perimeter. ..the Ministry of Community Safety says all the cabinet did was update the law that governs entry to such things as court houses to include specific areas inside the G20 fences — not outside. A ministry spokeswoman says the change was about property, not police powers, and did not include any mention of a zone five metres outside the G20 security perimeter.
When asked Tuesday if there actually was a five-metre rule.. Chief Bill Blair smiled and said, “No, but I was trying to keep the criminals out.”
Even though it wasn’t accurate, the public was left to believe the province had given officers the power to demand identification and detain anyone with five-metres of the G20 site. All weekend there were reports of police stopping people throughout downtown Toronto — often in areas nowhere near the G20 zone — demanding identification and to search bags and backpacks.
The reaction to that bit of revelation from me has been best stated by Laura Payton, a reporter for Sunmedia at her twitter feed today:
‘The chief of police can’t just suspend our freedoms when he feels like it. This is completely outrageous’
In a related note, I understand from a Hill Liberal I know that the federal Liberal Party will be making a statement soon (this afternoon, I understand) on the events that transpired over the weekend, so I’ll be interested to hear their take on it. It’s been awhile in coming, but I’ve been of the suspicion they’ve been waiting until multiple events have been shown to have taken place before they react, because of the fear of being painted as “anti-police” or “pro-black bloc vandals’ if they came out too soon with a reaction.