The Peterborough Examiner reported earlier this week, “MP Dean Del Mastro is drawing some heat after shutting his constituency office doors to a group of protesters Saturday afternoon. Council of Canadians member Roy Brady said members of the Council of Canadians, Labour Council and 50 supporters arrived at Del Mastro’s Lansdowne St. office at about noon, intent on handing the MP a signed petition expressing concern about the Omnibus bill. …Del Mastro’s office was supposed to be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ‘But it was suddenly closed,’ Brady said.”
“The sudden lockdown immediately raised eyebrows. Brady suspected Del Mastro closed the office on purpose, after getting orders from Ottawa to do so. Brady’s half right. Del Mastro readily admitted to closing the office because of the protest, but said the decision was his and his alone. …Brady said Del Mastro should have made arrangements to be there. …The MP clearly knew they were going to be there, he said, and if he couldn’t have been there Saturday than he should have made an effort to set something up. ‘Something could have been arranged,’ Brady said.”
Del Mastro might also be remembered for defending the Harper government’s $2 million expenditure on a fake lake in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during the G20 summit in June 2010. At that time, Del Mastro said, “It’s a reasonable investment. It’s not a lot of money.” More recently, he reportedly described the Council of Canadians as a “left-wing extremist group” and a “left-wing fringe group” on the nationally-televised CBC program ‘Power & Politics’.
For more on Council of Canadians opposition to Bill C-38, the omnibus Budget Implementation Bill, please go to http://canadians.org/blog/?s=%22c-38%22.