Ont. police chiefs warned to avoid 'political interference'

Ontario Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur. (QMI Agency files)

Ontario Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur. (QMI Agency files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

TORONTO - Police chiefs — who sought guidance from the Dalton McGuinty government on how to enforce Idle No More court orders — were told to be “alert to the perception of political interference … and take steps to avoid such interference.”

That advice was in a letter that Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur sent Wednesday to Chief Steve Tanner, president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

Meilleur says in her letter that it would be inappropriate for her to comment on specific incidents but the ministry has released general guidelines on Policing Aboriginal Occupations and Protests, which say the role of police is to preserve peace, prevent offences and enforce the law in accordance with the powers and discretion available to the officer.

“This guideline is further complemented by recent amendments that were made to the Major Incident Command Guideline,” the letter says. 


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