Premier Kathleen Wynne is taking the heat for amending legislation that will now allow private security officers to work with OPP and others as security during the Pan Am Games in 2015.
The Oppositon parties are crying foul , as they usually do, but to be fair, they may have a legitimate beef here.
The move by the government seems eerily similar to the McGuinty government’s move to expand search and seizure authority during the G20 Conference in Toronto a couple of years ago.
To say that didn’t go well would be a colossal understatement.
The Premier insists that this is different, that it doesn’t grant extra power to security personnel.
That may be the case, but the troubling question remains, why did the government amend the legislation on the QT ?
In case the Premier hasn’t been following what’s been going on, people in the GTHA have become somewhat skeptical of police power since the G20 and the recent shooting deaths of two citizens this past summer.
And, we are skeptical of governments who amend legislation behind closed doors with no explanation.
In this day and age, we understand that increased security for an event like the Pan Am Games is essential, but in light of past events, dialogue with the community should have been part of the process.
We’re looking for accountability from our government, not secrecy .