Stiffer fines for illegal land occupations: Tory
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, September 23, 2007 12:49PM EDT
CALEDONIA, Ont - Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory says he would impose stiffer fines on those who illegally occupy land.
If elected Oct. 10, Tory says he would change provincial laws to broaden the definition of trespassing and double existing fines for those who defy the order.
Individuals would face a maximum fine of $2,000 for each day they occupy land illegally and organizations would face a maximum daily fine of $25,000.
The province recently pulled out of scheduled negotiations with Six Nations and the federal government after a violent confrontation near the site.
Tory says provincial statutes would also be changed to include any group that directs or finances an illegal occupation and to make it easier for those who suffer economic losses to make compensation claims.