Ont. Premier McGuinty shrugs at 'passive' Ont. cops

Protesters participate in an Idle No More rally against Bill C-45 in Sudbury, ON. on Wednesday,...

Protesters participate in an Idle No More rally against Bill C-45 in Sudbury, ON. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. (JOHN LAPPA/QMI AGENCY)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:55 PM ET

A provincial judge has slammed the "passivity" of Ontario Provincial Police who allowed aboriginal protesters to illegally block a rail line over the weekend, but Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has little to say on the matter.

"In our democracy we do not direct the police," McGuinty said Tuesday in Ottawa. "That would be inappropriate."

Ontario Superior Court Judge David Brown issued an injunction Saturday against 15 Idle No More protesters that blocked a rail line east of Belleville, Ont., and allegedly tampered with a crossing signal.

Instead of enforcing the order, officers waited for the protesters to disperse on their own - delaying CN freight trains and Via Rail passengers.


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