Ontario: Vaughan MP Fantino firing of First Nations police chief not racism, court rules

An Ontario court has upheld a human rights tribunal ruling that the firing of a First Nations police chief without a hearing by then-OPP commissioner Julian Fantino had nothing to do with the man’s aboriginal status.

A three-judge panel from the Ontario Divisional Court in Toronto last week dismissed an application by Lawrence Hay, former chief of police of the Tyendinaga Mohawk First Nation, to quash a previous Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruling and order a new hearing.

“I am pleased that Mr. Hay’s allegations have not been sustained by a second judicial body,” Fantino, now Conservative MP for Vaughan and Minister of Veterans Affairs, wrote in an email to yorkregion.com. “ I have felt all along that Mr. Hay failed to take responsibility for his inappropriate conduct, about which, as OPP Commissioner at the time, I had a duty to address…”