The Turtle Island News Daily Newswire: Barrett registers dissatisfaction with Samsung/Ontario/Six Nations land lease deal :
QUEEN’S PARK — Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett will be back at it again to attempt to get answers to government’s involvement with a land lease deal that will see crown land lease payments in Haldimand County diverted to Six Nations.The remainder of the article can be read at the Turtle Island News Website:
Barrett demanded a late show debate following his questions in the Ontario Legislature this morning on the deal announced by Samsung and Six Nations last week. The agreement paves the way for wind and solar projects across Haldimand County with $55 million going to Six Nations allegedly to prevent future wind turbine protests.
“We know, whether it be militant confrontations or imposing wind turbines on unwilling communities, your knee-jerk reaction is to not only write a cheque but to give away the farm” Barrett began. “Think of Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, or handing over 300 acres of the Burtch correctional property to Six Nations, and now laundering land lease money from crown land at South Cayuga to Six Nations, all to buy peace for the Samsung deal in Haldimand county.
“Six Nations elected chief Montour is quoted in the Teka newspaper: ‘Through this process, the Province of Ontario has admitted that Six Nations has land ownership.’ Premier, there’s no land claim in South Cayuga. Why would you set the precedent of assigning land lease money to Six Nations?”
The transcript of the days' legislative assembly proceedings ends meekly with Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy stating only:
Infrastructure Ontario and Samsung have been in discussion on the potential lease of lands to enable the Grand Renewable Energy Park for the past year. At this time, no final decisions have been made. Any potential land lease to Samsung, if approved, will be on standard government terms at market rates.